Sunday, January 24, 2010
Technique video shootout: Dave Scott versus Glenn Mills!
Six-time Ironman winner, Dave Scott, is featured in the uppermost video explaining the freestyle catch. Unfortunately the featured swimmer therein does quite a poor job in demonstrating it. One point of view that Scott offers that I disagree with is telling the viewer they don't have the flexibility of an Olympian and therefore they should modify their entry. Ultimately, he is encouraging the triathlete to start their catch much later than they should and consequently grab less water.
Below that video is the Go Swim with Kara Lynn Joyce trailer demonstrating a beautiful freestyle stroke with a perfect catch. Though it is not in the trailer audio track, in the actual video each lap has Joyce narrating in detail what she is doing.
My conclusion is that triathletes should seek individual advice from coaches in their respective disciplines rather than a single coach. I really don't think it is possible for a coach to have mastered all three disciplines and still be able to keep their skills current on a regular basis.
Just compare the swimmers in each of the videos above.