SwimmersBest Drill of the Month: 3 Sculls and 3 Pulls

SwimSwam thanks SwimmersBest for sponsoring “Drill of the Month.”  This is a SwimSwam recurring feature that brings drills and idea submissions from various creative and innovative coaches all over the world.

This month’s drill comes to us from Dwight Anderson, head age group coach at Bellevue Club Swim Team, located in Washington. BCST was named a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club in 2019, and garnered Level 1 honors in the Club Recognition program. Anderson has been with the program since 2007.

He offered SwimSwam a backstroke drill for this month’s Drill of the Month. “It’s basically a variation of six kicks in-between each pull,” Anderson said.

How to perform the “three sculls and three pulls” drill for backstroke:

  1. When doing backstroke, have the swimmer scull three times with their bottom arm at the beginning of their catch. At the same time, keep the top arm extended straight up out of the water.
  2. The swimmer should take three strokes after they stop to scull each time, then repeat on the opposite side.

Check out the drill below:


SwimmersBest is leading the way for the future of swim training equipment.  The company offers a broad range of solutions for improving stroke technique, kick technique, and breathing technique.   They provide swimmers, coaches, and teams with the tools they need to balance technique training with conditioning training.  By combining the best drills with the best tools, the SwimmersBest products give swimmers instant tactile feedback so they can adjust their technique efficiently.   The old way of having coaches constantly remind swimmers of their individual problems has proven to offer very little improvement in technique.  All SwimmersBest products are designed to constantly ‘talk to the swimmers’ so they can feel the problems and make corrections.   This unique approach means the swimmers are given negative feedback for incorrect stroke technique, which compels the swimmers to quickly correct the problem on their own. With a constant flow of new innovative product designs, SwimmersBest is a company that will continue to deliver solutions you need.

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About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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