By allowing both your shoulders and, to some extent, your hips to roll (along
a pivot line running from the top of your head, through your body and out your
feet) you can increase the depth of your stroke and allow your hand to find
calmer water. This should increase the power output of each stroke and allow
you to make a somewhat larger S curve with the hand, also adding to power
The roll will feel strange at first if you consciously (sp?) think of doing it
while practicing, but should eventually feel very natrual and strong. I would
agree that kickboards will not allow for the roll, but I'm questioning their
dismissing pull bouys to aid you. As a drill for both the roll and stroke
recovery, try doing paddle pulls (use both a pull bouy and hand paddles)
armpit touchers. Sounds strange, but here it is: when your hand is
recovering, allow your fingertips to just skim the top of the water and make
sure your thumb touches your armpit before allowing your hand to re-enter the
water. This somewhat exagerated position (in combination with the pull bouys)
will cause you to roll a bit more than usual. I added the paddles to the
drill to help you feel your underwater stroke and the power you can generate
by using a roll. I should have mentioned before that you should think about
rolling while doing the drill.
Hope some of this information helps.
Brian Huilman University of Wisconsin - Madison
Department of Electrical/Computer Engineering
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