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flutter kicks

The common term for the freestyle kick is the “flutter” kick. It is called this as the feet appear to flutter at the surface of the water. IMPORTANT- an efficient flutter kick does not have the feet exit the surface of the water, they just flutter below which will break the surface of the water resulting in some splash. The feet have become “floppy” which means the pressure of the water is moving the foot, not the swimmers muscle. Bringing the legs/feet out of the water is an energy consuming habit which has a negative impact on streamlining. Extremely large kicks can effectively put the swimmer into reverse!