Why Is Nobody Talking About This? | High Elbow Catch

With all of the analysis of swimmers that we do, one mistake that really stands out is the dropped elbow catch. Want to know why? It’s because of how the shoulder is positioned during the catch. If the shoulder is too low and far below the head, getting that high elbow position becomes really tough.


  • A high elbow catch allows the hand and forearm to angle back against the water, aiding forward movement
  • Dropping the elbow during the catch results in the hand and forearm pressing downwards, reducing forward propulsion
  • A common struggle in achieving a high elbow catch is when the shoulder sits too far below the head or chin
  • Focusing on keeping the shoulder up near the side of the face can help maintain a high elbow position
  • The “Shoulder to Cheek Scoop” drill, using a paddle between the shoulder and cheek, can help develop the muscle memory for a high elbow catch
  • Slow to fast movements in the stroke can improve the catch and overall stroke


It’s time to break free from this frustrating plateau and start making real progress in your swimming journey!

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

Start your journey with the 8-Week Faster Freestyle and feel the difference in your swimming immediately!

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

1. Join our 8-week Faster Freestyle program.
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

2. Join our Effortless Swimming membership for swimmers ready to move up a lane.
If you’re unsure where to start and what to do to find speed, I’m working with a group of swimmers and triathletes to increase their speed, efficiency, and swim fitness. – Click here

3. Work with me directly in our stroke analysis coaching.
If you’d like to work directly with me to take you from where you’re at to 15+ secs faster per 100m, you can record your swimming each week… – 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