Good Catch and Pull from the Front
These video frames are from my favorite DVD for illustrating
efficient freestyle technique:
The swimmer's elbow is never very far from the surface. She gets hold of the water very early in her stroke, with her hand and her entire forearm. Looking at a video clip of an efficient swimmer like this head-on, frame by frame, you will see the hand and forearm perpendicular to the direction of travel in many frames. She is holding the water with that entire surface - from fingertips to elbow - while moving toward the camera, pulling her body over that spot in the water. Other things to notice:
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