Head Position for a Faster Butterfly

Recently, National Team member and world-class butterfly swimmer, Amanda Kendall came to The Race Club for some Velocity Meter (VM) and Pressure Meter (PM) testing along with her coach Coley Stickels from Indiana Swimming and Diving. The VM measures velocity, acceleration and deceleration synchronized to video.

4 responses to “Head Position for a Faster Butterfly”

  1. nthiggins@hotmail.com says:

    Dear Gary,
    Fascinating conclusion!
    Did you or do you intend to compare these two techniques with breathing to the side (a la Schoeman) which you have also advocated in another video?
    Do you think to the side is even more effective than with chin tucked in?

  2. tsieh@hotmail.com says:

    Great analysis and video. Any cues or drills that you’d recommend to work this into the butterfly? Thanks!

  3. charlotte says:

    To enhance the coupling motion for fly, we recommend doing a butterfly drill with fins on using flutter kick (freestyle kick), snapping the head down hard and throwing the arms forward hard.

  4. charlotte says:

    Hi Nick,
    At one time I taught most Race Club campers the side breath in fly. I still recommend it for those that seem to elevate the shoulders too high on the front breath. I prefer the front breath now for two good reasons. First, the acceleration we see from the head snapping down (coupling motion) would not be as significant with the side breath (I don’t believe) and second, the front breath enables the swimmer to see and anticipate the walls for turns and finishes, which is a big advantage.
    Gary Hall Sr.

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