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3.The Fewer Strokes, The Better. When improving your score in golf, you want to take fewer strokes to get ball in hole. To improve your swim (especially open water), you want to take fewer strokes per length, in order to utilize your energy for entire swim or triathlon.
4.Follow Through is Important. When you hit ball, it is important that you follow through all way with your club. In freestyle swimming, to get most out of your stroke, you must extend your arm and glide.
5.Power Comes from Core. Your arms and legs themselves do not need to be incredibly powerful to have success in either sport. With both sports, power comes from core- abdominal muscles, lower back, and hips. Legs are used more for stabilization than to propel you forward in swimming. Legs in golf are also used more for stabilization, rather than for more powerful strokes.
Both sports can also be frustrating, but with practice, patience, and persistence, swimming and golf can both present you with a meditative-like form of exercise that I have found to be both fulfilling and fun!
Kevin coaches masters and triathlete swimmers in San Diego, CA. He operates the website www.TriSwimCoach.com, a resource for future or current triathletes needing help with the swim. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. Kevin has also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” which is sold on his website www.triswimcoach.com in downloadable form.