Backstroke is the one stroke I see novice swimmers always get excited for. Sure, I remember a time when that was true for me as well. Think about it, you don't need to think about breathing or some of the other magnitude of components that go into a fast Freestyle, Butterfly, or Breaststroke. You get to lay on your back, relax and just go. Of course, this is never actually the case. There are so many variables that make up a great Backstroke and we're going to cover one component of that today.
There is one technique that I rely on more than anything else when teaching swimmers the mechanics of swimming. It's sculling. Most sessions will have at least a few lengths of sculling, whether it's part of a warm-up, cool down or even part of the main set. Learning how your body moves, manipulates, and feels in the water is a crucial part of increasing both your speed and efficiency in the water.