By USA Swimming / GoSwim
You’re working everyday on your underwater dolphin kicks, so make sure you start them at the best time to gain the most advantage from them.
Why do it:
Getting too aggressive too soon in the underwater dolphins, can actually create resistance by breaking that great line you set up on the push off. A slight delay and get you to the right speed to merge the kick into the velocity.
How to do it:
1 – Push off, and glide. You can start with a 4 count, or 3 count… just keep it consistent.
2 – After the glide count is done, initiate 3-4 dolphin kicks, while still in streamline.
3 – After the pre-determined number of kicks, initiate your flutter kick and breakout.
How to do it really well (the fine points):
Stay consistent. If you start your count at 4, and it feels like you’ve slowed down too much, change the count to 3, or 2. Try to also discover if you need 2, or 3, or 4 dolphins prior to moving to flutter kick. Daily experimentation and consistent study will eventually lead you to the perfect timing of your push off, glide, dolphin, flutter kick, breakout.
Just saying it reminds us that great push-offs aren’t just about pushing off!
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