Freestyle hand entry should be like posting a letter

Are you aware of how your arm enters the water when you swim?

Can you hear noise, bubbles and turbulence?

Most swimmers have been taught to reach; to swing the arm around the body and enter the water high and flat.

In most cases, this will assist a hip drop at the back end and increase drag – and we don’t want that!

Efficient freestyle hand entry

The hand should enter the water smoothly. Imagine a mailbox slot, next to your head. Slide your fingers in, followed by hand, wrist, forearm; they follow the yellow line demonstrated in the pics below, to the ‘catch’ position.

Read this TI blog post on the benefits of a good ‘catch’.

Check out these screenshots of common freestyle hand entry errors:

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