One of the most difficult swimming strokes is the butterfly and it is considered to the most difficult stroke to master. to master in proper leg motion with the kick timing is hard for swimmers. Butterfly kick is vital to the stroke and underwater dolphin kick. If a swimmer swum with improper form then the stroke is tiring and slow.
Timing in Butterfly
As I already said “to master in proper leg motion with the kick timing is hard for swimmers”.
Catch, Press, kick, Breathing, Hand entry, Pull Pattern and recovery, these are the root of a butterfly. To perform a better butterfly a swimmer must know these root steps and their timings.
Drills Are Important
Other butterfly kicking drills, such as the side body dolphin, vertical dolphin, and back body dolphin, are great ways to practice kicking, but I save them for swimmers who can already do the stroke legally. They are too complex for swimmers just learning how to do the kick.
With beginners, a drill called the body dolphin butterfly kick is a big help. The drill is done in a prone position and swimmers are taught to make the butterfly kick incorporate the entire body, not just the legs. Coaches can use learning cues such as “Kick the head down,” “Kick the head up,” “bottom down,” and “bottom up” because they help young learners get the hang of getting the core involved vs. just kicking from the knees down. It’s also helpful to encourage young learners to kick with their legs together, like one big flipper, and even to pretend they are dolphins or mermaids. – Source ThoughtCo.
- Two kicks with equal power and size. (2 kick – one upbeat and one downbeat)
- 1) The downbeat of the first kick occurs during the entry of the arms in the water and their extension forward.
- 2) The upbeat of the first kick occurs during the insweep of the arms towards the chest.
- 3) The downbeat of the second kick occurs during the outsweep and upsweep of the arms.
- 4) The upbeat of the second kick occurs during the release of the arms from the water and their recovery forward.
- This upbeat helps to move the head and shoulders above the water surface. –Source Enjoy Swimming
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