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Use This Drill To Practice A 'Patient' Catch

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In freestyle, movements should be slow to fast. Once your hand enters the water, it should be slower through the reach and catch (ie. patient) and gradually speed up towards to the back of the stroke.

Single Arm Freestyle Drill is perfect for developing a 'patient' catch.

A common mistake swimmers make when first doing this drill...they start the catch immediately. This means they don't rotate fully on their other side and get no connection with their hip rotation to their catch and pull.

What to do? Enter, take your time reaching forwards with your hand while rotating fully on your side and THEN start the catch. Yes, you will spend a lot longer in the reach here than what you would when you swim, but it's a drill!

In this video Olympian Dan Smith demonstrates the single arm freestyle drill.

For tips like this, consider becoming an Effortless Swimming Video member where you can access our Virtual Freestyle clinic showing you the drill progression and technique we recommend to improve your freestyle:
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