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Old 09-01-2013
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Can anyone recommend some good drills to help me get out of the habit of stacking my shoulders and then dropping my elbow on entry?
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TI freestyle really consists of going from your skate position on one side to your skate position on the other side. If you're practicing the skate position correctly, it should cure both of the problems you're describing: Make sure your body is rotated about 45 degrees (about the axis of your spine) from being flat, and make sure that the wrist of your leading arm is lower than your shoulder, and that your wrist is relaxed with your fingertips angled slightly down.


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Can anyone recommend some good drills to help me get out of the habit of stacking my shoulders and then dropping my elbow on entry?
As surprising as it might sound? Front Snorkel. It allows you to really focus on your swimming. For instance, you can look at your own hands on entry to better focus on avoiding dropped elbows. Easier to focus on avoiding over rotating.
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Hi,
Can anyone recommend some good drills to help me get out of the habit of stacking my shoulders and then dropping my elbow on entry?
Hi MBMS,

Drills that will help: Swing-skate and swing-switch will put you in the proper 'non-stacked' and recovery position. I recently wrote a blog on this very subject: Dropping Elbow at Forward Extension

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Great videos in that blog post! My first swim video was akin to the one showing dropping elbows and stacked shoulders. I think I've improved and now I'm somewhere between the streamlined position and the tumbling one. On the breathing stroke my lead hand spears shallower and my elbow tends to drop. Gonna watch the video again before I swim and try to do the right thing.
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