"Shoulder Shift" and Length per Stroke

"Shoulder Shift" and Length per Stroke

Post by Eugene A. White, M.D » Sat, 22 Jul 2000 04:00:00


I wrote on Tuesday about the Australian "Shoulder Shift", asking if
anyone had any
experience with it. I think this has something to say about increasing
the length per stroke.

From another point of view, I find the report of Alexander Popov using
only 8 strokes
per 25 yard pool length rather intriguing. Does anybody know how much
kicking he
does per stroke or anything else about his technique?.

I tend to kick either 3, 5, or 7 times a stroke, which obviously
correlates with my body
roll and permits an alternation of the first kick between the left and
right with successive
arm strokes.

With the "shoulder shift", one is able to take a longer float with the
forward arm after
completing the pull with the opposite arm until the pull arm recovers
and places the
hand over the outstretched hand of the forward arm.

By increasing kicks per stroke one can reduce the strokes per length and
also increase
the float, thus taking less strokes with increasing kicks.

Although I am only 5' 8", I'm trying to match Popov by experimenting on
these variations.

I'd appreciate any comments.

Eugene

Eugene

 
 
 

"Shoulder Shift" and Length per Stroke

Post by Isiaf » Sat, 22 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>From another point of view, I find the report of Alexander Popov using
>only 8 strokes
>per 25 yard pool length rather intriguing. Does anybody know how much
>kicking he
>does per stroke or anything else about his technique?.

1. What you call shoulder shift, I just call reaching from the shoulder joint.
I believe that this does narrow the body especially for people with broad
shoulders.

2. There is a video of Popov that you can get.  He does a whole bunch of
kicking, so I would guess a 6 beat kick.  His foot is way flexibile.  He glides
very rapidly through the water even when he is just moving his stroke slowly.

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