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Old 05-16-2009
vol vol is offline
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Default Hand should pull and exit water swiftly?

I'm experiencing something that seems to help me swim better. I've been used to stroking too slow as I want to swim as few strokes as possible. I mean my pull was also slow. After watching TI and Shinji's video, it seems to me the pull is always done fast, even when the recovery is slower. Also the hand seems to never pause at the end of the pull, but instead exits the surface as soon as the pull is completed. This seems to make my swim a little better and more rhythmic, but I can't explain why. Is my conclusion right? Is there a rule that the hand should exit the water swiftly after the pull? (I haven't seen any emphasis on this, so I wonder)
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Old 05-16-2009
Alistair Alistair is offline
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More time in the front quadrant for your arms... I doubt having weight back around your waist is helpful .
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Old 05-17-2009
shuumai shuumai is offline
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As the hip moves out of the way of the pulling arm and the recovered arm spears forward, the body reaches maximum rotation. That's a good time to get your arm out of the water.

Think of the kayak principle. When the lead arm is spearing forward, the pulling arm is pulling. While the body is in the long, streamlined position, the arm exits the water. Then, while one arm is recovering, the other arm is moving into catch position.
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