Swimisodes – Backstroke with Junya Koga – Head Position

One of the most common problems in swimming is holding the head position being too high. In Backstroke, this swimming technique is common because it increases the pulling power and the awareness of where a swimmer’s body position is in the lane, particularly outdoors in the bright sun however elevating the head in swimming increases frontal drag, slowing the swimmer down. Learn how to swim Backstroke the way we teach at the Race Club swim camps with proper swimming techniques demonstrated by World Champion Japanese Swimmer Junya Koga. These swim drills will certainly enhance your swim training program.

Watch Japanese Olympian and World Champion Junya Koga perform swim drills that will improve your swimming technique. Coach Gary Hall teaches two different drills that will allow the Swimmer to find the optimal head position. Tell us about your own swim drills or your experience in practicing these.

12 Responses to Swimisodes – Backstroke with Junya Koga – Head Position

  1. Clive

    video so slow I cant download this to see it

     
  2. David McIntyre

    Hi Gary Sr. …. please continue to send me all of your very informative Race Club tips on competitive swimming. It has been several years since my SwimForum group of master swimmers over age 65 attend a Race Club Camp which was the best training I have ever received in my 77 years. Keep up the good work and Richard is really getting good… a real expert at cinematography. Happy Thanksgiving… Dave McIntyre

     
    • Gary Hall Sr.

      Thanks, David! Having the illustrious Forum members here for a camp was one of the great honors and highlights of my coaching career. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of the forum members!

       
  3. LAWRENCE RODRIGUES

    EVERY THING YOU SAY MAKES SENSE. HOWEVER, WHEN I SWIM BACKSTROKE, IF I KEEP MY HEAD FLAT, WATER TENDS TO GO INTO MY NOSE, WHICH IRRITATES MY NOSE LINING AND MAKES MY BREATHING VERY UNCOMFORTABLE, WHICH DISTORTS MY BODY POSITION. KEEPING MY HEAD SLIGHTLY HIGHER KEEPS WATER ENTERING MY NOSE, WHICH MAKES IT EASIER TO BREATH AND MAITAIN CORRECT BODY POSITION AND SPEED WHEN I SWIM COMPETITIVE BACKSTROKE. HOWEVER, YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE HIGHLY APPREACIATED.
    THANKS.
    LAWRENCE RODRIGUES.

     
    • Gary Hall Sr.

      Lawrence, you make a very good point. As a world record holder in backstroke, I never wore a nose clip. When Missy Franklin and Tyler Clary were down here training recently, they convinced me that wearing a nose clip in backstroke makes perfect sense. Not only does it enable one to get the head back and avoid water entering the sinuses, but it also allows for an easier and faster underwater turn and breakout. I tried it and will never go back to not using one.

       
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  7. Ct

    Conversely, does nose clip help in free style to keep water out of the sinuses during flip turn?

     
    • gary hall sr

      When first learning how to do a flip turn, wearing a nose clip is a great idea. Nothing is more disconcerting than having water go up into the sinuses while trying to master this important technique of swimming. We highly endorse this..but once you get it down, you will no longer need the nose clip for flip turns.

       
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