Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

When you are working on improving your stroke length (stroke count) or stroke rate (tempo) there are neural tricks you can perform to get your body to make a fairly quick improvement in a single practice. But, in many cases, those improvements hold up for only a few...
Embrace The Butterflies

Embrace The Butterflies

Have you ever had that almost sick feeling in the stomach, just before the start of a race? Or, how about just before going on stage to give a speech? In some cultures we call those ‘the butterflies’. Photo by Alex Guillaume on Unsplash I recall having...
Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 2

Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 2

Continued from Part 1… Forming The Kick Conveniently, these two roles for the legs – CBF and 2BK – work together seamlessly. The counter-balanced foot position happens to be the poised position for the feet, ready to initiate the next kick on the...
Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 1

Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 1

The Kick Is An Advanced Skill The 2-Beat Kick is an action of the feet that must be coordinated with the timing of rotation and arm-switch in front, otherwise it has limited or even a confusing effect. It only has the desired effect when it is timed with that rotation...
Why Choose A 2-Beat Kick?

Why Choose A 2-Beat Kick?

A flutter kick – sometimes called a 6-Beat or a 4-Beat kick, when it’s done correctly – is useful for some people in some circumstances, but certainly not for all, and I would like to argue that it may not be best for most. However, it is certainly...