We review this new swimming technique book from experts Swim Smooth.

Swim Smooth

Swim Smooth
By Paul Newsome and Adam Young
Wiley Nautical
£14.99
www.wileynautical.com/swimsmooth

It’s hard to learn about swimming from a printed book, but this is one of the best examples we’ve seen; the only issue is the sheer amount of information here. The book is split into the ‘three keys’ of good swimming: technique development, swim training and open-water skills. The Swim Smooth system involves roughly grouping swimmers into different swim types, each with their own unique set of challenges and strengths which can be trained. Causes of common problems are explained, drills are given and there’s even a section on how to perform your own video analysis. It’s no substitute for hands-on coaching but the engaging style and real-life examples will at the least inspire you to reconsider the way you approach your own swimming.

Verdict
A refreshing approach to swim training, but detail takes a while to get through.

Performance 4/5
Value 5/5
Overall 4/5

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