"Too many swimmers worry about trying to jump out of the roof and get way out there," Smith says. "What we try to do is work on getting in the water quickly. You're setting yourself up so you can transfer speed into the water."
Smith lays out some dos and don'ts for positioning yourself on the block and carrying speed into the pool.
Get set quickly
Be ready to react
Transfer your body weight beyond the block
Get into the water quickly
Hold a good line as you enter the water
Transfer your energy from the jump into the water
Exert all of your energy on the jump
Get down in ready position slowly
Anticipate the start
Jump as far as you can into the water
Land the jump
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