Gary Barclay explains the importance of a high elbow position in both the arm recovery and under water pull when swimming freestyle.
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Hi, I’m Gary Barclay. We’re going to have a look at one of the most common problems in freestyle, and that is where a swimmer drops their elbow. There are a few different stages in the stroke of free style where an elbow drop can cause problems.
The first is as the swimmer enters the water, if they drop the elbow into that position there, then they don’t catch the water with their hand and their forearm. So it’s really important as you enter that you keep your elbow nice and high in that position there and then press over as you go into the water.
The second part that you need to focus on in free style is once you enter the water, is to actually keep your elbow nice and high when you’re underneath the water, that way. So make sure you’re keeping your elbow high and pressing down. You don’t want to drop your elbow and slide through, because then you won’t move forward.
So there are just a couple of hints in regards to stopping a dropped elbow in free style.
Keep that elbow nice and high when you enter and right through the pull through.