Anonymous asked: backstroke used to be my best stroke and i was really good at it tbh but then after many years of swimming i quit, after a few years i started again because i missed it but now my backstroke just feels awkward and i cant get my rotation quite right, i just always feel so out of rythm, have any tips? ive been swimming for about a year now since my time out of the pool but i just cant get it right
I would highly recommend youtubing some videos of the Olympians doing backstroke since they tend to do slow mo on tim quite a lot. This will help you to see the way you have to rotate your body and do the pull. The kick is simple enough you just have to remember to move your hips with your body. The pull is something I struggled with for two years. It is actually a tricky pull to get down. I always remembered that I had to push the water behind my back as I rotated. I would suggest doing backstroke drills. Mainly pull since that is what is throwing you off a bit. The rhythm is in the pull. Do single arm (down and back) as one of them and when you have say your left arm doing the full stroke rotate your right shoulder out to mimic how you will be rotating when both arms are working.
I highly recommend looking up videos to watch though, that will help you. As you watch the videos (this may feel weird) do the arms with the person in the video to get used to the feel again. Swimming is huge on muscle memory! Once you get it in your system it gets a lot easier. If you have a coach ask them for some drills that can help you improve. Or ask one of your swimmer friends to watch and tell you what you need to correct to get your swing back.
Hope this helps!