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SHARK FIN (ZIPPER) | Freestyle Drill Tutorial

SHARK FIN (ZIPPER) | Freestyle Drill Tutorial


In this tutorial we’ll be following on
from the previous Swordfish video and now going into a more progressive drill. This
drill is called Shark Fin, or others may know it as Zip or Zipper Drill. So let’s get in the pool and I’ll show you how its done. Still thinking about all the techniques of Swordfish such as high hips, strong kick and having a high leading arm. Shark
Fin now gives a swimmer another element to think about to make it that little
bit harder. As I said before on the previous Swordfish tutorial, every part
of your body must stay still except your legs for kicking, and your head for
breathing. These still apply but we’re now going to include a slight arm raise. This arm race starts from your hip with
your fingers sliding up the side of your body up until you reach your armpit. Once your fingers reach your armpit your elbow should be pointed directly towards
the ceiling, trying to make sure you relax your whole arm as much as possible. When your elbow is at its highest point you reverse the movement and return your
hand back down to your hip, and that action you just repeat again and again. Even though the main focus is now having
a high elbow as we start to introduce the over arm recovery, you must still
make sure that your body position and leg kick are done correctly as
previously practiced in Swordfish. The first common fault and probably the most
obvious one is having a low elbow. The idea of overarm recovery is to let your arms recover by not using up any excess energy. If your elbow points side-wards or down it means your forearm will be higher
than your elbow, therefore using more muscle activation and ultimately using
more energy than necessary. Most drills should be done slowly and
controlled, so the second common fault of this drill is rushing the arm movement
too much. By doing it too fast you expend too much energy and most importantly
causes a loss of body control and alignment. Finally the third common fault,
is being too stiff or rigid in the shoulder or the wrist. On all strokes
over arm recovery is to recover by staying rigid you’ll burn more energy
than you should be and therefore not allowing your arms to rest during the
recovery phase of your stroke. So if you like the look of Shark Fin and are
ready to have a go, let us know how you get on in a comment below. Please like
this video share it with others and of course SUBSCRIBE to the Propulsion Swimming Channel for more tutorials. From me Dan, from him Scott I’ll catch you on the next one! *CLICKS*

1 comment on “SHARK FIN (ZIPPER) | Freestyle Drill Tutorial

  1. We hope you liked this tutorial!! Let us know if you've used it to improve your freestyle stroke, especially if you're progressing on from initial drill of Swordfish Kick!!
    Are there any other freestyle drills or techniques you'd like explained? If yes, leave a comment below and we will be sure to help you out!!

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