Swim Golf Drill Newsletter
A belated Happy 2011!
I wanted to revisit the idea of improving your freestyle through a favorite game of mine, freestyle golf.
The reason this is such a good set is that, instead of simply counting your strokes and attempting to lower your stroke count as many coaches will advise, this takes into consideration every aspect of your stroke- and it allows you to be more intuitive as to what you need to do to become more efficient.
Make sure to include a lot of free golf if you are going about swim training on your own. If you’re interested in a full program with access to workouts, drill videos, coaches, video critiques, and more, keep reading.
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Freestyle Golf Revisited
Open water swimmers and triathletes are often confused on how to get faster. Often, they think that they need to simply swim fast to go fast. In other words, just train harder and do sprints at workouts.
Since swimming is so technique-focused, the fastest way to getting faster in the water is to play a game called “Free Golf”.
If you haven’t learned it yet, here are the basics:
Do a set of 50″s, around 6 is good.
Count your strokes on each 50 and get your time.
Add these two numbers together to get your “score”.
Lower your score each round by decreasing your stroke count,
decreasing your time, or a combination of both.
Keep going until you can’t go any lower.
Hint: Make sure you are not just kicking harder to get your stroke count down. Focus on hip rotation, hand extension, high elbow pull and glide (distance per stroke).
If you have practiced free golf before and are looking for something new, try focusing on a different aspect of your stroke. Recently, we’ve discussed the high elbow pull. Try doing your free golf sets with your main focus being to keep your elbows high on the pull. See what happens to your times and stroke counts. You can always adjust as you go through the set.
There are several variations of this depending on what level swimmer you are. For many of my beginner and intermediate-level swimmers, I may have them do a set with Zoomers fins on, and a set with hands in fists, followed by a straight swimming set.
How low can you go?
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