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Efficient Swimming Open Turns

November 1, 2011

Oh seasoned swimmers and your fancy flip turns, how smoothly and effortless you change directions in the pool. Maybe I have turn-envy. With each approach on every lap I think how nice it would be to have such a quick change. Well, its not going to happen…at least not while I am practicing with 4 other swimmers quickly approaching my tail. In my previous attempts at flip turns I think I flipped and pushed myself straight into pool bottom, only then to get water in my nose and then lose sight of the direction I should be swimming.

But I think flip turns aren’t natural, PLUS when is that useful in a triathlon. Yup, never.

So, happily avoiding the flip, I have started to look into increasing my speed and efficiency of an open turns. This is a lot easy to practice and could potentially be just as quick. Plus, I have 100% success rate of now banging my head on the bottom of the pool. The following videos are pretty thorough…ok, really thorough. There is still opportunity for style points with this one.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2011 9:50 pm

    The actual flip turn is of course no use in a tri. However the benefits from them, especially in distance training are: a) significantly reduced shoulder stress leading to injury, b) increased core strength, c) more control when swimming and better feel for the water, d) confidence when swimming with others, not to be underestimated.

    It’s possible to learn a flip turn in about 10 minutes, and to master it within a week.

    • December 9, 2011 1:00 am

      Thanks for the comment! As a beginner swimmer, I definitely see the flip turn as the pinnacle of coolness and confidence at the pool; I do strive to get there. A couple of previous attempts ended with me pushing myself straight into the pool floor, however, I will try again! Thanks!

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