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Problem: Chin Up

Swimming with a high head position complicates every major aspect of your stroke:

  • Breathing
  • Posture
  • Rotation
  • Armstroke setup
  • Catch and pull
  • You will tend to arch your back more, shaping your core more like a banana than a torpedo.
  • It rotates your shoulder girdle forward, making it more difficult for you to get your arms out of the water and drive them forward on entry and extension (you tend to drive them across your head or centerline).
  • It makes it harder for you to reach full extension and keep your stroking elbow near the surface, because your shoulder girdle is arched upward.
  • It tends to take too much of your head out of the water (especially when breathing), causing your hips to sink. You will be kicking to keep your butt up, not to provide propulsion.

Except when breathing, keep your head neutral on your spine, eyes looking straight down at the bottom, like this:


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