Learning a flip turn can be intimidating but definitely worth your while to learn. I’ve done some previous posts here on our website and those posts are listed at the end of this posting. I stumbled on two new videos on freestyle flip turns. One is a drill to learn the initial “flip” technique and the other walks you through the full flip turn sequence with some excellent tips. Both are great!
Many open water swimmers and triathletes ask why they should bother learning flip turns since they don’t use them out in the open water. There are three compelling reasons to learn flip turns if you practice in a pool!
- Don’t you get frustrated watching everyone get by you on those walls? Of course you do! Why not level the playing field?
- Flip turns are really good for learning airway management which you most definitely need in an open water swim. Once you master the steps to the flip turn, then learn to manage your air as you go into the turn and then come out of the turn. Always exhale through the turn and, optimally, don’t breathe that very first stroke off the wall. Why? You create your own wave action coming off the wall and you create resistance by going for air through that wave. Ride the wave out a little bit with a few strokes and that will lead to a more efficient start to your next lap.
- Save energy by learning to maximize your wall action with an efficient flip turn. The very fastest you will be when you swim is off the starting block and off the walls. An open turn can be efficient, but a flip turn executed properly is really efficient.
Ok, here’s the first video and it has a very easy drill to set you up for learning the action of the initial flip. All you need is some lane space and a kick board.
This second video take you through the actual turn on the wall with some terrific pointers on how to refine the flip turn.
If you want more information on flip turns and the other turns we use in swimming, here are some of our other postings available on our Swymnuts website: