Secret Tip: Head Position 2 of 2

In this second episode on head position, Gary Hall Sr. examines three of America’s best open water swimmers Eva Fabian, Christine Jennings and Alex Meyer. Learn why it is important to keep a proper head position even if you are swimming in open water and how to work on ‘spotting’ correctly in the pool. Keeping your head in alignment with the body is imperative to swimming streamline. See how you don’t want to create a bow wave with your head while swimming. Reducing drag starts with proper head position.

5 Responses to Secret Tip: Head Position 2 of 2

  1. Neil Rushton

    thanks so much for that head tip , I’m swimming round the Isles of Scilly in Septembthis will be very helpful

  2. israel

    why some swimmers seem to go faster with their heads out, looking down but with their heads out

    • garyhallsr

      At very high speed (50 meter sprint) the head may be higher particularly during the propulsive phase of the pull, as the lower back arches to maximize this force. There is more lift force in the sprints than in the longer races. However, in the past Olympic Games Pernel Blume of Denmark won the women’s 50 meter freestyle with her head underwater virtually the entire way!

  3. Juliet

    Is the head still aligned with the spine when the head is slightly submerged or do you have to tuck your chin down stretching the neck to do so? If the chin is tucked how much? For people that are naturally buoyant and ride high on the water do you have a technique you recommend to get lower in the water?

    • garyhallsr

      More important than the cervical (neck) portion of the spine be perfectly aligned with the thoracic spine is that the head be underwater at the surge point….ie when the hand enters the water. For those that are naturally buoyant, it takes a concerted effort to tuck the chin down after the breath to get it under water. By breathing more posteriorly on the breath it is easier to bring the chin back down to the tucked position.


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