Terry Laughlin and I, as well as many TI Master Coaches, have discovered that teaching/learning correct shoulder and scapular articulation can significantly accelerate the process of mastering efficient, effective and enduring swim technique while diminishing the risk of injury.
Like the martial arts, TI Swimming movements are sourced from your pelvic core – specifically your Don Tien – as it is known in T’ai Chi. All bio-mechanically efficient movements start deep in the center of your body.
Mastering the scapular and shoulder articulation in all phases of the freestyle swim stroke assures the correct mediation between your powerful pelvic core and your more delicate extremities.
Now you are swimming with your core, not your hands! This is the key to efficiency and endurance.