We spend a lot of time talking about the catch in freestyle because it’s such a vital component for improving your swimming speed.  Brenton Ford of Effortless Swimming clearly describes what constitutes an effective catch, and why it’s difficult to achieve.

We’ve all heard that dropping the elbow is a common mistake that prevents an optimal catch.  Ford contends that a dropped elbow usually originates from a dropped shoulder, and suggests two drills that will eliminate engrained bad habits and help you overcome this flaw in technique.

Once you’ve established a high shoulder, you’ll find it easier to master the elbow-forward power position that engages your lats for more pull-through power.

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