Stroke Analysis with IowaTriBob (part 1)

The other day I received an e-mail from IowaTriBob taking us up on our offer to analyze his stroke.

I look forward to performing the analysis and have already sent him an e-mail with some tips/drills to work on in the meantime. Due to our book commitments it will be a little while before we can perform a full stroke analysis – thanks for being patient, Bob!

Since we’ve posted so much stroke content in the past, we thought it would be fun to share his video and test your knowledge.

What do you think he needs to work on? What drills would you recommend?



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13 replies

  1. Can’t wait to read what y’all think…

  2. Yes, looking forward to the analysis. I was just reviewing the one you did for me, it’s very useful!

    • I’m so glad to hear you say that! How is your shoulder? Is it all better? I made your massaged kale and avocado salad the last two nights in a row. Yesterday I added macadamia nuts and dried cranberries with a little chevre and tonight I did the same thing with fresh blackberries too. So delicious!!! Thanks for sharing it with me.

      • Wow – yum, I think I need to make those soon!! Yes, my shoulder is better. My coach agrees that my stroke has been too wide (both pull and recovery), so I’ve been concentrating on it, but I still need to do more zipper/finger tip type drills!

  3. Nice streamlining off the wall, IowaTriBob! I think he’s missing the catch at the top (especially on the right side) and not fully extending underwater/entering the water early.

    A couple of drills I’d recommend: catchup (to extend the stroke more fully); sculling (especially front sculling, to develop feel for the catch – don’t do more than 4-8 lengths and take lots of rest per length – use small paddles, if available); and one arm free with the other arm at your side (wearing fins, to develop extension, catch and full body rotation). Focus on full arm extension underwater – think of pointing your index finger to the other end of the pool – try and keep your elbows high and not dropping towards the bottom of the pool. Good luck!!!

    • You’ve got some great advice in there! Thanks for sharing~ I love the sculling with small hand paddles suggestion. You can’t go wrong with the right arm/ left arm isolations either and using fins is a good idea for IowaTriBob because he’ll be able to focus on his arms completely.

  4. I would say legs need to be straighter and higher in the water. Maybe also arms are too straight underwater and too much rotation when breathing?
    Also agree with the last commenter – arms seem to be entering too early and bent.

    But although I do drills, I don’t really know which ones are helping with what (except the obvious high elbow ones 😉 ) … I only just started reading your blog, so maybe this means I should read more?! 🙂

  5. Great suggestions so far, I really appreciate (and can use) all the feedback. I’m looking forward to trying some of these and the Part 2 analysis as well!

  6. I think he is exiting the finish of the stroke too soon– he has some more room to extend. We used to do this drill (I have looked for its real name online) that I call “flip” drill where we would purposefully try to “flip” the water up at the finish of the stroke. Any feedback and hints as to the proper name for this drill would be appreciated!

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