Mastering Freestyle Technique

Mastering Freestyle Technique

Freestyle, the most dynamic of swimming strokes, demands a meticulous approach to technique for optimal speed. To enhance your child’s freestyle efficiency, start with a thorough examination of the foundational elements. Ensure your child maintains a horizontal body position with the head in the correct position, reducing drag and maximizing forward movement. Focusing on proper shoulder rotation, arm recovery and hand entry, along with a strong flutter kick, sets the stage for efficient and speedy freestyle.

Correct Stroke Pattern

Understanding the correct stroke pattern is important to swim more efficiently in freestyle. The arm pull pattern and correct hand pitch at each stage of the underwater pull will play a major role in technique improvement. Incorporation of drills by the coach that emphasize correct arm mechanics, encouraging a high elbow catch and an effective pull is important. Implement leg-focused exercises to enhance the flutter kick, promoting propulsion without excessive energy expenditure. Gradually introduce interval training to build endurance, a key factor in sustaining speed over longer distances.

The Art of Breathing

Efficient breathing is a linchpin in the quest for speed in freestyle. Teach your child the art of rhythmic breathing, synchronising inhalation and exhalation with arm strokes. Emphasize learning to breathe on both sides of the body. Introduce hypoxic training, gradually increasing the duration between breaths during practice to enhance lung capacity and endurance. A well-mastered breathing technique translates to sustained speed and race-day success.

Our Stroke Model and Skills Videos provide a clear visual representation of correct technique, allowing swimmers to see the stroke movements and body position throughout different stages of the stroke. These videos come with commentary and annotations from former Australian Head Coach Leigh Nugent and provide families with the most up-to-date details around technique in freestyle and other competitive strokes.

Why is correct technique so important for young swimmers?

Why is correct technique so important for young swimmers?

At Gold Class Swimming, we believe Correct technique is crucial for young swimmers for several important reasons:

  1. Preventing Injury: Proper swimming technique helps reduce the risk of injuries. Incorrect movements or strokes can strain muscles, joints, and ligaments, leading to injuries over time. By learning and practicing correct techniques from a young age, swimmers can develop strong, resilient bodies and reduce the likelihood of overuse injuries.
  2. Efficiency in Movement: Correct technique allows swimmers to move through the water more efficiently. This efficiency is essential for conserving energy during a race or practice session. Inefficient movements can lead to fatigue, limiting a swimmer’s endurance and overall performance.
  3. Building Muscle Memory: Young swimmers are in the process of developing muscle memory, which refers to the ability of muscles to remember and repeat specific movements. By learning and practicing correct techniques early on, swimmers are more likely to develop positive muscle memory, making it easier for them to execute proper strokes and movements automatically as they progress in their training.
  4. Stroke Development: Learning correct technique is fundamental for mastering different swimming strokes. Each stroke has its own set of specific movements and body positions. Proper technique ensures that swimmers can perform each stroke effectively, maximising their speed and reducing drag in the water. To watch stroke models of correct technique in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly go to Worlds Best Stroke Models for Swimming.
  5. Enhancing Performance: As swimmers progress in their training, they aim to improve their performance, whether in competitions or personal goals. Correct technique is a key factor in achieving optimal performance. Swimmers with solid fundamentals are better equipped to refine their skills, increase their speed, and compete at higher levels.
  6. Establishing Good Habits: Developing correct technique early establishes good habits that can last a lifetime. It’s often more challenging to correct poor habits later on, so starting with a strong foundation is crucial. Consistently practicing proper techniques helps swimmers build a foundation of skills that they can build upon as they advance in their swimming journey.
  7. Confidence and Enjoyment: Swimmers who have mastered correct techniques tend to have more confidence in the water. Confidence contributes to a positive swimming experience, fostering a love for the sport. Enjoyment and confidence can, in turn, motivate young swimmers to stay committed to their training and continue improving.

In summary, correct technique is essential for young swimmers as it contributes to injury prevention, efficiency, muscle memory development, stroke mastery, enhanced performance, habit formation, and an overall positive swimming experience.

Starting with a focus on proper technique sets the stage for a successful and enjoyable swimming journey.