Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

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Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

Postby cottmiler » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:34 am

This is a fun drill I invented this morning.

Using an ankle band, push off with one arm in front, stroke with that arm but finish with hand on the hip.

Now take a stroke with the other arm and do the same. The default position is with both hands on the hip. This is quite the opposite of normal catch-up where the default position is with both hands touching at the very front.

It is easier to start doing this drill by not breathing at all.

This drill is in tune with nightcrawler's expertise on body balance and is helping me do Unco with an ankle band.

As zenturtle asks "Can anyone achieve this?"
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Re: Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

Postby Mike A » Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:52 pm

Question: if you're effectively starting with both hands at the hips, and your feet are bound, what drives the body rotation necessary for a good recovery? It seems to me there could be a risk that this drill might encourage "pushing down at the front" to initiate the rotation.
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Re: Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

Postby cottmiler » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:06 pm

Quite the reverse!

Do you recall Solar,s No Arm Drill? You float on the front with arms by side and with a little help from the feet, you rock about the longitudinal axis.

With Ratchup, your underwater hand/arm action performs the pull and push without the legs dropping. The body rotates in harmony with the hand pressing the water backwards not downwards.

You rock back to neutral and enter the other arm and pull.

Do try it.
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Re: Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

Postby smootharnie » Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:02 pm

I think we need some footage of the inventor himself showing off how it is done :D
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Re: Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

Postby cottmiler » Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:23 pm

I think my drill helps with the pull and body roll.

The complete crawl swim stroke is shown here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h45rGTf9LwE

I only recognise Jono Van Hazel and Popov .
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Re: Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

Postby cottmiler » Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:19 pm

Here is a video of my Ratchup drill:

I had a slight rhythm error on the right arm going and but the return lap shows it off better.

https://youtu.be/r94zEarwn0I
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Re: Reverse Catch-up - "Ratchup"

Postby smootharnie » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:50 am

Thats a weird stroke.
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