MP Swim Tips by Bob Bowman: Back Touch and Pull


MP Swim Tips by Bob Bowman – Episode Two

Bob Bowman, head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils Swimming and Diving Team, explains the backstroke drill Back Touch and Pull.  Demonstrated by the greatest athlete of all-time, Michael Phelps, this drill helps swimmers focus on “the catch” in backstroke.

Back Touch and Pull Backstroke

Bob does this drill a little differently.  His swimmers keep both hands at their sides while kicking on their backs. They take a full stroke with one arm and return the hand back to their side before they take the next full stroke with the other arm.

What Bob Likes About Back Touch and Pull

It emphasizes what your hips and body should be doing during the stroke cycle.  Also, it allows the swimmer to feel “the catch” and feel what their body should be doing the moment of the catch.

See EPISODE ONE here: Butterfly 2-2 and 2

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Launched in the spring of 2015, MP designed by Aqua Sphere is a shared vision to develop innovative products that are inclusive and accessible to a broader range of swimmers across the full swimming lifecycle. Combining Aqua Sphere’s global product design expertise and distribution with Michael Phelps’ and Bob Bowman’s experiences at the highest levels of swim performance, the MP brand features technical swim products leveraging proprietary technologies and performance enhancing designs.

About Aqua Sphere

Established in Genoa, Italy, in 1998, Aqua Sphere is the premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise and triathlons. With the launch of its cutting-edge Seal Mask—the world’s first swim mask, the company set the industry standard and today continues to innovate with a complete range of premium products, including eye protection, swimwear, triathlon wetsuits, footwear, and swim fitness and training accessories. The designs have gained the respect and loyal following of many celebrities and notable athletes, including the world’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, with whom Aqua Sphere is partnering to develop a global brand partnership. Alongside its parent company Aqua Lung and supported by an international distribution network, Aqua Sphere has grown into a worldwide enterprise representing unparalleled design, development and manufacturing expertise, with a global footprint in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit or

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Swim Training is courtesy of MP and Aqua Sphere, SwimSwam partners.

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