With all of the analysis of swimmers that we do, this one fault really stands out as a major cause of a dropped elbow catch. Can you guess what it is? It’s the position of the shoulder during the catch. If it’s dropped too low and is well below the head it makes a high elbow position extremely difficult to achieve. A drill that we’ve given to swimmers inside our stroke analysis membership is Shoulder2Cheek Scoop, where you’ll hold a paddle between shoulder and cheek while going through the catch motion. It helps retrain the position of the shoulder during the catch. It’s best done with fins and snorkel


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