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Good path, but a very poor map
on December 31, 2007
This book could be quickly scanned for general technique insight, but I didn't find it to be a good book for learning to swim better. I am a novice swimmer and hoped to quickly learn to swim with good technique, which is what this book promises. I did my part with practicing what was suggested for the times recommended, but this book failed to deliver. I bought the overpriced video too, which was a complimentary improvement, but still falls short. I recommend looking elsewhere.
I gained good insights on how to be more efficient (conceptually within a few pages - good), but I found the book's instructions on how to do drills to achieve the gains to be confusing and poorly communicated. The book is quick to offered additional support via spending much more money on their products, like $600+ for a weekend swim lesson or their expensive DVD. A well written book would do the trick, which this is not. It is FULL of the author's boasts, his swimming history and experiences, and constant reminders that this is 'the' way to swim (but not so much on the 'how'), as if this TI is an original idea, none of which helped me learn to swim. It is not full of clear instruction, which would have been very helpful, nor does it give any advanced notice of what is suggested, like having a knowledgeable swimming partner (which would reduce the value of this book in the first place), or the suggested swim aids, which the TI web site just happens to sell for the full retail price.
These concepts are solid. This book is not.