SwimmersBest Drill of the Month: Spin Backstroke, with a Twist

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 the drill comes to us from Jan Charles Mittemeyer, head coach and owner of TNT Swimming in Daphne, Alabama. TNT won Southeastern Swimming championships in the small team division at the 2007 and 2010 Southeastern Short Course Championships, and at the 2007 and 2011 Long Course Championships. Locally, the team won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2015 SES South District 8 & under boys team titles, as well the 2008, 2015 and 2016 titles for 8 & under girls.

The videos below show a twist on the traditional backstroke arm speed spin drill, combining it with a cup-balancing drill.

“The spin drill helps initiate the catch in backstroke and the cup helps center and align the neck and head for a smooth body and shoulder rotation,” Mittemeyer told SwimSwam.

How to perform spin backstroke, with a twist

  1. Place a paper cup on your head with enough water in it to balance.
  2. In a slightly upright position, swim backstroke with an increased stroke temp.
  3. Keep your head steady in order to balance the cup.

The first swimmer in each video is Levenia Sim, who recently broke the national age group record in the 11-12 girls’ 50 backstroke.

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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