On a regular basis I cruise the internet, looking for swimming blogs, videos, educational material, articles, well pretty much anything. I have learned one important lesson that I want to share with you. Don’t believe more than half of what you read. There is a lot of advice that is out of date or just plain wrong. Of course, the swimmer who does not know me might say, maybe I’m the one who is wrong, and I would not blame you for being skeptical about a stranger’s word on strokes. So, I want to give you one very easy, clear tactic for deciding if you are willing to listen to the advice offered on the internet or live in person. It is not if they were a big-name swimmer, or even a well-known coach. Read not only what they advise, but their explanation of why it works the way it works. Look for the stroke advice to be backed by science, simple anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, physics or hydrodynamics. If they don’t, on a regular basis, offer a why it works to go with how consider a new source of information.
IF you cannot understand why it works ignore them. It’s that simple!