Swim Type 6: The Smooth
Everybody wants to be a smooth but even their stroke will benefit from a tune-up
Confident in their ability but may lack motivation.
Having grown up with a strong swimming background, confidence in the water and in their ability is high.
May lack motivation if they have swum at a high level for a long time and so requires fun and stimulating swim sets.
Smooth Common Characteristics:
- Excellent body position, rotation and normally a high elbow recovery over the water.
- A long stroke with a low stroke-per-length count.
- Relaxation above the water is excellent, giving the impression of everything being easy for the Smooth type.
- A slightly slow stroke rate which is to their disadvantage in open water versus specialists in this area.
- Smooths may appear to glide at the front of the stroke but this is not the case when swimming properly. When viewed from under the water their hands are always in motion – either extending forwards, tipping the fingertips downwards or commencing the catch. This much higher skill level is a critical difference from the Overglider type.
- The Smooth type often has a reasonably strong six beat kick. This is not to be confused with the Kicktastic type, where arm propulsion is poor. The Smooths have a great kick and great arm propulsion.
- Swimming speed is typically 0:47 to 1:20 per 100m.
Stroke Correction Guides
If you are a Smooth type, our specific Stroke Correction Guide for you includes everything you need to tune up your stroke and get you back to your very best. We won’t waste your time on unnecessary areas: the four training sessions are highly focused on getting your feel for the water to back elite level. If you’ve been out of the water for a while don’t worry, you’ll soon polish up again with these four focused sessions.
The guide is supplied as a digital download straight to your computer. In Acrobat format you can read it on your computer or print it out for easier reference. Find out more here
Swim Smooth’s Swim types:
SMOOTH Stroke Correction & Training Guide
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Download our full stroke development and stroke training guide for the Smooth Swim Type