Problem: Dropped Elbow
When your elbow goes deep into the water:
With your arm extended forward, you have two options for getting your hand and forearm vertical in the water: you can drive your hand and forearm deeper to get them under your elbow, or you can lift your elbow towards the surface.
If you focus on driving your hand deeper, you will tend to pull back at the same time and lose some distance on your stroke.
If you focus on beginning your catch by lifting your elbow towards the surface, you will catch the water sooner, get a longer and straighter pull, and spend less time and energy lifting your arm out of the water at the end of your stroke.
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