What is the swimming GOLF score and how to track it?

Today we want to talk about an important personal metric that can help you achieve your goals with style. Swimming GOLF score, known also as SWOLF score is a way of measuring your personal efficiency when you swim.

How to measure your SWOLF score?

GOLF swim score is measured with a simple formula: After swimming one pool length (50 meter swimming pool is preferable) you count number of strokes it took and add to that number your time in seconds. As it is not easy to calculate during every training session, swimmers organize controlled stroke count drills or SWOLF sessions when they determine the most efficient techniques.
And just to be clear about terminology: number of strokes is the number of hand entries during the swim. We recommend 50 meters swimming pool for measuring GOLF to gather enough data to analyze.
This is an important part of technique perfecting and an indicator of your progress as an efficient swimmer, it helps with controlling how smooth and full your movement is in the pool and has many benefits for your overall progress for both long distance and sprint.
All of this time consuming and annoying activities will not be necessary if you ordered Swimmo smartwatch that will track your GOLF score automatically and will send the results to the Swimmo swimming log mobile app on iOS or Android.

What GOLF score will not tell you?

Remember – GOLF is not a way to compare multiple swimmers. It is to determine your own progress and growing effectiveness of your swimming technique. Effectiveness objectively must take into account many more factors like heart rate, calories burn etc. You can see many swimming champions with very different SWOLF/GOLF efficiency index and that doesn’t necessary mean one of them is ineffective.

Swimmo helps you be the best swimmer you can be

That is a lot of data needed to see the full picture of your efficiency! That’s why one of many things we plan to add to Swimmo soon as a free software update is GOLF/SWOLF tracking. After that it’ll send the results out to the mobile app for Android and iOS on your phone. The app will help you analyze and understand your results including GOLF score and general efficiency as a swimmer.
GOLF score measurement is the perfect example of what wearable technology like Swimmo Training Watch and laser sharp focus of our team on the needs of swimmers can do for your training. With over 35 swimming features and continuous development and improvement of new capabilities we aim to be the definitive solution to all swimmers’ challenges. Learn more about available and upcoming features of Swimmo here.



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