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Questions about the butterfly discipline in swimming.

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Is it inefficient to glide in butterfly?

I am trying to learn butterfly better, and I watched some videos on YT explaining the stroke mechanics. For some reason, I find it really difficult to time one of the down leg kicks, near the end of ...
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Best breathing strategy for long distance butterfly

I swim butterfly pretty often & in optimal conditions I can swim 11 strokes without breathing or 44 strokes breathing every stroke before I get so tired I can't swim anymore. Specifically when ...
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Why is a straight-arm recovery in butterfly more efficient but in front-crawl it isn't? [closed]

In top level swimming, most butterfly competitors demonstrate a straight-arm recovery above the water, but in front-crawl events it's more usual to see recovery with a high, bent elbow and low hand ...
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What are the technical differences between freestyle and butterfly swimming?

Freestyle times (46.91 WR for 100m) tend to be faster than butterfly (49.82 WR for 100m) times. However, the "peak speed" for butterfly is faster than freestyle(1). Would this have to do with an ...
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What's the most effective way to practise undulation for swimming Butterfly? [closed]

Having swum mainly front crawl for the past few years, I've recently started cross training and working on my other strokes, including butterfly. What's the best way to practise and improve ...
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