You’ve mastered the kick, nailed the catch and breathing now feels second nature. So what’s left? The turn. The stop / start approach is fine as you learn the basics of a stroke, but to develop proficiency in the pool and give you the edge in racing, you’ll need to learn the fine art of turning. A technical turn will not only help your lap times tumble, but it looks impressive too; it’s the hallmark of a pro in the pool. With the help of Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, learn how to streamline your turning technique in butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke with Speedo’s four videos.
The butterfly turn
Learning how to sight the wall and adapt your stroke so you’re ready for the turn is the secret to a brilliant butterfly. With correct positioning, you’ll be able to push off from the wall with power, helping you to zoom down the lane with even more speed. See how to change direction quickly and efficiently with a little help from Ryan Lochte.
The freestyle turn
A fast freestyle turn comes from mastering a full extension in your final stroke to give you momentum. With the optimum oomph hitting the wall, you can blast off with power and into a new lap. As with all swimming technique, practice makes perfect, so keep at it to see results. Watch the video to see the perfect turning technique for freestyle.
The backstroke turn
Counting your strokes so you know where the wall is and maintaining a tight shape in the water will help you to master an efficient turn in backstroke. As you approach the wall, you flip onto your front and bring your chin to your chest to initiate the turn, then bring your knees up to your chest to do a somersault movement. Finish off with a push off from the wall with your legs to power you into the next lap. Watch the video to see the technique.
The breaststroke turn
As with the other strokes, you should be in full extension in the final stroke before the breaststroke turn to give you maximum power to turn into a new lap. Sighting the wall and adjusting your stroke pattern for the optimum turn might seem tricky at first, but you’ll soon hone the technique to give you maximum spring loading. See how to position your head, arms and legs to master the perfect breaststroke turn.