THIS Is Why It’s So Hard To Get A High Elbow Catch!

This video discusses the importance of improving the catch and pull through technique in order to swim faster in freestyle. Let’s go right to the key points that were covered:


  • The catch should be in a high elbow position, with the elbow in front of a straight line from the shoulder to the fingertips
  • Dropping the shoulder in the reach and catch phase can cause the elbow to drop and hinder the catch position
  •  Aim to keep the shoulder up near the side of the face to maintain a good catch position
  • The position underneath the shoulder is important, with the arm making a half-diamond or triangle shape, fingertips pointing down, and the shoulder and upper arm in one straight line
  • Engaging the lats during the pull through is important for power
  • Specific drills, such as Catch Kick and Catch Catch Pull, can help improve the catch position


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Trying to swim faster by pushing yourself to work harder usually leaves you exhausted and out of breath without improving your speed. With our 8-week Faster Freestyle course, we’ll show you exactly what you need to do to become a better swimmer by mastering these advanced techniques:

✔️Breathing And Relaxation
✔️Posture, Head Position, And Kick
✔️Balance, Alignment, And Hand  Position
✔️Rotation, Recovery, And Entry
✔️The Catch
✔️The Power Diamond
✔️Kick Timing

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P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you improve your swimming:

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If you’re looking for a step-by-step way to become a faster swimmer in the next 8 weeks with the precise drills and workouts to do it, this is it – Click here

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Brenton and Mitch were great to work with at the clinic, Good to get video analysis to work on straight away, practice some new drills and go home knowing what you need to work on.

Alex McFadyen