>I've just started in the pool and would like to improve my 1500 time. I
>figured I'd try to incorporate the flip turn after watching people who
>actually know what they're doing make it look easy. A friend showed me
>the basics and I've found two major barriers. The first one is that half
>of the pool is ending up in my nose. Someone told me to hum as I make
>the turn. Tried it. Didn't work. The second problem is that when I
>flip, I go onto my back but seem to be very deep. Any tips would save me
>a lot of grief and keep the water level up as well!
this is how I describe mine.
Rather than telling people to flip onto their back, I've always
compared a flip turn to a shoulder-roll on land. Thinking this way will
help you twist as you go through the turn instead of trying to fix
things up once you're upside down.
Let's say you come into the wall just as your right arm is about to
enter the water. Plunge your right arm down and to the left and
backwards quite like the way you would in a shoulder roll. Keep extending
your right arm towards the other end of the pool and the rest of your
body should follow as you kick off the wall. You should end up rotating
around your left shoulder.
As for the water up your nose, breathe out slowly through your nose as
you turn. Some people exhale too quickly, run out of air and probably
suck some water in as they gasp. The humming hint was probably a trick
to regulate how quickly you breathed out.
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