The modern style is the opposite: you turn into a rotating ball, as small as possible, with the knees pressed against the chest, and this really close to the wall. Nothing can happen now to your ankles. You can see this in
http://theraceclub.com/videos/fast-swim ... urns-flip/
which is Part 2 of a four-parts series on the flip-turn (though from a very advanced point of view).
I must say, I had the opposite problem from you when I first tried flip-turns - I always wanted to turn too far from the wall, and ended up stretching my legs out in search of a wall that wasn't there - resulting on one occasion in very painful cramp in the calves!
Mike A wrote:I must say, I had the opposite problem from you when I first tried flip-turns - I always wanted to turn too far from the wall, and ended up stretching my legs out in search of a wall that wasn't there - resulting on one occasion in very painful cramp in the calves!
That had part of my struggle as well, because I was overcompensating regarding distance from the wall to some degree to avoid hitting the gutter, even when swimming at different speeds - trying to figure out the ideal speed to approach the wall.
After so many attempts of finding the right distance, I finally figured out that I am to initiate my flip when my eyes are directly over the "T"... It is just a matter of staying in the tuck until the right time, which then the "ah ha" came to me this morning. If I am using the "T" as a reference point, then there has to be a secondary reference point for knowing when to complete the rest of the flip turn. Granted well executed flip turns happen so quickly, finding that reference point every time is going to take practice. I figured out that if I am looking straight up at the surface of the water, I know I am at the right spot to open and push off. Once I figured that out, I nailed a majority of my turns.
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