How do you move a pool bulkhead? By Kicking – David Marsh Performance Video

Courtesy of Queens University of Charlotte and David Marsh Performance Camp, a SwimSwam partner.

Challenge Yourself To Think In New Ways

David Marsh, Camp logoKicking to move a pool bulkhead is just one of countless ways SwimMAC Carolina Head Coach David Marsh does things differently. It’s all about challenging your thinking. Let’s consider the butterfly, for example. When thinking of butterfly, a flowing undulating stroke comes to mind. Smooth strokes to power through the water using the body and kicks for a majority of the propulsion. Michael Phelps is one of the most obvious examples of this. But is this the only way to swim fast?

Slow Motion Underwater Butterfly 

This video challenges that style of swimming completely. If you look closely, this athlete pulls much wider than a standard stroke, staying completely out from under the body. He also makes use of his line like a breaststroke reach.

On the flip side of this you have athletes like Chad Le Clos going to a quick and rather choppy stroke at the end of his 200 fly to maintain his speed.

How can this challenge us to find new ways to bring the sport to another level? By looking at very basic principles in stroke mechanics such as resistance and propulsion we can find ways to adapt and move faster and more efficiently. What does a good bodyline look like? Is this a genetic property or can it be developed? How can we train the body to develop the musculature and neural pathways to promote a better catch in the water?

My thought is to always look for creative ways to adapt. Use some innovative training tools to develop a connection and relationship with the water. Trust your coaches and look to your swimmers to find what works well for each individual.

Join David Marsh at the Queens University of Charlotte and David Marsh Performance Camp.


Session 1 – May 18-21, 2014
Session 2 – June 11-14, 2014
Session 3 – July 13-16, 2014


Camp Focus: The focus of this camp is technique and training with all four strokes, turns, and starts. Our goal is to challenge you physically and mentally, and teach you the best ways to approach training sessions and seasons.

What to Expect: During your stay at Queens your drills and workouts will be designed with your summer goals in mind so that we can best prepare you for success at your championship meets.

Who This Camp Is For: Registered competitive swimmers looking for a training challenge. For the best results, swimmers ages 11-18 are best suited for this camp.


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Decide which session works best for you, and whether you will need living accommodations during camp, and get signed-up today! Sessions fill up fast so get in early!

• There is a $100 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration and the remaining balance will be due by April 1, 2014.
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Awesome. I’m kind of glad none of my coaches ever thought of this, but at the same time, it would be such a cool story to brag about afterward.

This “no-second kick” fly style is similar to what summer sanders racing fly stroke was like many years ago, and have seen it periodically since (austrailan gal. can’t remember her name, WR holder in 200 fly in mid-2000s used this style on her non-breathing strokes). I have used this style effectively as a fly stroke drill since the late 70s to help kids who pull their hands out too early on the finish of the stroke.


Susie O’neill?

Wu Peng also has a “shoulder driven” fly with one discernible kick and a small twitch to keep his fly technique balanced. He also has a much more direct to catch style of stroke, hands hit and catch with really not much press & zero sweep.

Yes, that is the Australian swimmmer! (I am good remembering times, but not with names), thanks

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