Stroke rate, stroke rate and stroke rate. Those are the three most important things we tell Race Club campers to remember when swimming backstroke. Yes, we know it's repetitive. But that's how strongly we feel about the importance of stroke rate. Most swimmers who come to The Race Club are not swimming backstroke with a fast enough stroke rate. Perhaps the most important tool to learn how to swim backstroke this way is a tempo trainer. If you are not already using one, we at The Race Club highly recommend it and use it religiously. It should be used when training all four strokes and can be purchased here. However, like most things, there's a catch. We can't teach a fast stroke rate if we don't first teach the correct technique. That's why it's crucial for swimmers to first learn how to rotate their shoulders and pull correctly. This can be done at a slower pace before accelerating the stroke rate.