H2O Glove & Handcuff Drills 'Splained

O.J. Glove drill - As you are swimming freestyle imagine that the hand extended in front of you has a glove on it. Use body roll to slide the recovering hand forward, piercing the water surface a few inches in front of the head. Continue sliding the recovering arm forward under the surface to where it slides in along the top of the extended hand into the imaginary glove. As soon as the fingertips of the recovering hand slip under the cuff of the glove and touch the top of the gloved hand, the palm of the glove opens up allowing the extended arm to start stroking while the recovering hand continues to slide forward fully into the glove. The glove has now been transferred from one hand to the other. The idea is to keep transferring the glove from hand to hand in this manner with each stroke.

The OJ Glove drill differs from the time-worn “catch-up drill”. In the OJ Glove Drill, once body rotation begins, it does not stop in the middle and the two hands do not spend time together out front.

Bernie Madoff Handcuff drill (formerly the Tim McVeigh Handuff Drill, formerly the OJ Handcuff Drill) - In the O.J. Glove drill the spot where you are swapping out the glove is on the centerline of the body - not ideal at all. Instead, we can envision a pair of handcuffs with a longer than normal chain (roughly shoulder-width in length). The extended arm’s wrist is in one cuff and the other cuff stands out to the side (rather than dangling down). Body roll causes your recovering/entering hand to slide forward. As the fingertips reach the empty cuff, the other cuff magically opens and allows the extended arm to start the stroke. The fingers and hand of the entering arm continue forward through the formerly empty cuff to full extension and the cuff locks shut – not to reopen till the now-stroking arm has recovered, pierced the surface and is about to slide back into its original cuff.

It is important to note in the previous paragraphs that use of the term “slide forward” specifically precludes the common mistake of clapping the recovering hand down over the extended hand.


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