Butterfly Stroke

TRC Butterfly Technique-Coupling Motions

Some fast elite butterfliers in the world use a very vertical arm recovery…Rikako Ikee, Emma McKeon, Laszlo Cseh, Chase Kalisz…just to name a few. In theory, the advantage of the more vertical arm recovery over a more traditional, horizontal recovery in butterfly is that gravity helps to pull the arms down with more kinetic energy, coupling with and strengthening the second down kick. The challenge with teaching this vertical recovery technique is that it depends on having extraordinary extension flexibility in the shoulders. Not every swimmer has that.