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Solution: Catch Early

Catch early and pull near the surface:

  • Reach full extension.
  • Lift your elbow towards the surface and get your hand and forearm vertical under your elbow.
  • Keep your upper arm and elbow as far forward as possible as you complete your catch.
  • Then when you have your catch (and only then), begin pulling your arm back, always keeping your elbow above your hand.

Breathe early in the stroke cycle:

  • As your stroking hand passes your face, roll your face (with your body roll) to the air.
  • Leave your forward arm extended while you breathe.
  • Breathe quickly and get your head right back down (eyes down, looking at the bottom).

How did she get to this point? See
Good Catch from the Side.

See also:
Good Catch and Pull from the Front

These shots are from my very favorite freestyle DVD for illustrating efficient freestyle technique: Go Swim Freestyle with Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen.



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