Wonder Woman Swoosh (Double-Arm Backstroke)
So, yesterday was backstroke day and one of my swimmers said their "summer coach" (I cringe, because I coach summer as well as winter...) said double arm backstroke is a terrible, useless drill. HUH?
I countered him with "Any drill is useless if executed incorrectly."
I then demonstrated the difference between bringing your arms straight down to your sides as opposed to reaching back, grabbing water and bringing your elbows down in a "W" formation. From there, we "swoosh" our hands towards our feet. When performed correctly, many swimmers' fingertips will actually come out of the water. This is ok, because when the "swoosh" occurs during regular backstroke, the shoulder has rolled down underwater.
I emphasized that the "swoosh" is where backstrokers get the most power out of their stroke. We repeated the words "catch, "W," SWOOSH!!" several times, and one swimmer yelled, "It's the Wonder Woman Swoosh!"
Old drill, new name (for my crew, at least.)
Here's our boy Lochte showing us his "swoosh." Best views :30 in