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    Using Focal Points

    In our method we use drills and focal points to build skills. The drills put our body into position to practice an isolated part of the body. Focal points are those code words we use for showing what part of your body or movement pattern to direct your attention to. With the focal point you both pay attention to the signals coming from that part of the body and you send commands to that part of the body.

    With focal points your key discipline is to hold your attention on the chosen focal point. If you notice that other features of the stroke are not working as you want them to, you note these then put them aside and resume focus on the chosen focal point.

    At first, you need to work on one point of the body at a time, and later on you can blend focal points and maintain attention and control on two or three points at one time. But be patient for that ability to come.

    You can read more about focal points in these articles in our library:


    Organizing Focal Points In Your Memory

    Every skill we learn has many focal points that could be used to correct or improve some detail. There are too many to memorize at first. In your lesson I have selected just a few of them that work well for getting that part of your body close to the ideal.

    You may view the standard TI drill outlines and focal point lists on the Freestyle Drill Resources page. You may view our expanded list of useful focal points, organized by stroke skill, on our 101 Focal Points page.

    You can organize the body into these three sections and build a mental list of focal points for each section, as you learn those focal points in our lessons. You may not remember all the focal points at first, but you can use the 3 sections of the body to point you in the right direction.

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