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September - Backstroke

posted 12 Sep 2011, 04:37 by David Holmes   [ updated 13 Sep 2011, 13:39 ]

Backstroke – The funny thing about backstroke is that you are hardly ever on your back! You should be spending most of your time on your side. The main points to focus on are making sure the hands enter the water at shoulder width and little finger first and the hand drives fairly deep to catch the water. As the right hand enters the water the swimmer should rotate onto their right hand side to allow a deeper and stronger pull, but their head should always stay still and eyes should be looking straight up.

Keeping a high body position in the water is just as important as the body roll – both these things can only be achieved if you maintain good posture and drive the stroke with your legs.