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How to Do the Corkscrew Swimming Stroke

Learn how to do the corkscrew stroke in this online swimming lesson from Howcast.

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How to do the corkscrew stroke or the corkscrew drill. The corkscrew is a combination of freestyle and backstroke. We do three strokes in the front and three strokes on your back by rotating from your front to your back every three strokes.

You can start off this exercise either on your back or your front and then begin to pull with your arms three times. One, two, three. Roll over on your back, and then do three strokes on your back. One, two, three. Roll over on your front, and then do three strokes on your front. Continue this as you are doing your whole lap. This is a great exercise for balance and coordination, for freestyle and backstroke. It also works the long axis rotation as well.

While doing the corkscrew drill, you're doing the flutter kick the whole time, through your front, through your back, as you're rolling from your side as well. The flutter kick gives you balance during this exercise. It also helps you propel your arms through the water as you're doing three strokes on your front and three strokes on your back. That's how you do the corkscrew drill.

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