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A lot of technique practice involves focusing intensely on a single body part or a single aspect of the stroke. That attention to the smallest detail is necessary (at least initially) to get the basic movements right. But another approach that can be very effective is to have a mental image that provides the right "feeling" for the desired result. For example, imagining that you are cross-country skiing can help you to swim with good timing and with a whole-body stroke; or imagining that you are swimming in shallow water can help you to keep your stroke compact and your elbows near the surface.

Image Focus Points

  • Keep it simple. If the image becomes too complex, the focus will be on that activity rather than the swimming behavior or connection you are looking for.

Image Focus Workouts

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