I’m 5’8" and have been a swimmer my whole life. Form really makes a difference but I think that no other sport requires specific body shapes, except perhaps basketball, like swimming does. My masters swimming coach wore size 14 shoes. It was like he had flippers on! By contrast, I wear size 8 1/2 shoes and my hands are only slightly larger than my wife’s. I work on form all the time, but form only gets you so far.
I am tall and not successful. Does that count too? 😁 But seriously, a good read. Thanks for that! As mentioned in your article, it depends on the whole biomechanics. Size can be, but doesn’t have to be, an “added plus” out of many aspects.
I’ve always thought that tall swimmers have an advantage. At the starting line, at 5’8", Michael Phelps already has a 10" lead. LOL, but also, seriously!
Well, that last paragraph just literally shot one of my excuses for being slow right out of the water.
Thank you! Interesting!
Really interesting article!