Great article to read for anyone looking to improve their swimming stoke.
We’ve all heard (and most have probably experienced) the classic saying, “Kids are like sponges”. Personally, I think the saying should be, “Newbies are like sponges”. I believe and have seen proof that as humans entertain a new discipline, they absorb and replicate behaviors that they are shown or think to be beneficial/correct. One of the most common problems I see as a result of the Newbie-Sponge hypothesis is what I call “Spear Fishing,” where instead of fully extending their arm(s) parallel to the surface of the water, they drive their arms down towards the bottom of the pool, generally on a 45-90 degree angle with respect to the surface of the water. Thus, at full extension they are pointing at the bottom of the pool instead of directing their hand movement towards the end of the pool they are swimming towards (it’s what the swimmer is doing wrong in our
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