Originally Posted by madvet
After my hand enters, I relax the shoulder, letting the elbow drop down and the forearm to drop back by allowing the shoulder to rotate (you can make this passive, by allowing the water to drive the hand back, or make it more active by adding a little pressure but not changing the mechanics) -- this is analogous to the catch in freestyle.
That is interesting. Do you pause in streamline at all?
I have always found the elbow drop to require pressure. I will experiment with a more passive catch.
Edit: We did primarily backstroke in Masters tonight. Experimenting with a passive catch, I used less energy and maintained the same relative speed at the same tempo. I tend to rotate less though, so I am curious if more rotation would increase my speed.