Swimming vs. Golf

Written by Kevin Koskella

Recently, I have taken up golf, and I can’t help but noticerepparttar similarities between learning golf and learning swimming. Both are finesse sports that require large amounts of concentration and practice to get right, and it is unnecessary (and ill-advised) to gain great amounts of strength to make major improvements in either sport. Let’s look at some specific ways golf is like swimming:

1.It Starts with Head Position. In golf, you must keep your head still and look straight atrepparttar 144002 ball while you swing in order to make contact. In swimming, you must keep your head still and look straight down atrepparttar 144003 bottom ofrepparttar 144004 pool while you rotate in order to getrepparttar 144005 most out of your stroke.

2.Concentration is Key. The moment you start thinking about more than one thing when you are about to hitrepparttar 144006 ball isrepparttar 144007 moment that something goes wrong. If I get 2 tips on my golf swing and I think about both of themrepparttar 144008 next time I tee up, I tend to have an underwhelming result! The same goes for doingrepparttar 144009 swimming drills. As a coach, if I give a swimmer several things to think about, inevitably, nothing will go right. The idea is to concentrate on one aspect, practice it, master it, and move on.

Why Count Strokes When Swimming Freestyle?

Written by Kevin Koskella

You may have had coaches that make you count strokes throughoutrepparttar workout, either by mixing it into drill sets,repparttar 144001 main set, or atrepparttar 144002 end of workout. Some coaches recommend making a habit of always keeping track of your stroke count. As a coach of distance swimmers and triathletes, I believe stroke counting is a necessary part of most swimming workouts.

If you stick with it and do it on a consistent basis, stroke counting in swimming is an excellent way to increase your DPS (Distance Per Stroke). The world’s best swimmers are faster than you because they travel further with each stroke, not because they are moving their arms faster. Keeping track ofrepparttar 144003 number of strokes you take per length will allow you to begin to lengthen out your stroke, as well as add more speed and distance while keeping your heart rate down and allowing you to save your energy for later inrepparttar 144004 swim or race.

The goal should be to bring down your average stroke count per length. Great swimmers like Alexander Popov or Ian Thorpe may be able to scoot throughrepparttar 144005 water at record speed while taking 30 strokes per length (50 meters), but this low stroke count does not have to be your golden number for improving your stroke. First, determine what your range is. Try to swim most ofrepparttar 144006 time atrepparttar 144007 low end of your range or below your lowest stroke count. Don’t worry about speed at first- you can influence this later, perhaps as you begin to learn what your “ideal” stroke count is. Here is an example of a set that can help lengthen your stroke, as well as build endurance:

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