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Old 09-23-2011
Alex-SG Alex-SG is offline
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How do you know if you have the right catch?

TRY THIS...

1. UNDERSWITCH = SPEAR SWITCH DRILL with closed fists (12x25m)
2. UNDERSWITCH = SPEAR SWITCH DRILL (2x25m)
3. DRILL (25m) + FREESTYLE (25m), ......

When you condition your body with the Underswitch Drill you condition it to have the right catch.

As somebody put in an earlier thread: "You will feel as if you have some PIE-Plates on your hands. You feel you are trapping water and feel the pressure".

By the way, I have the feeling that a good propulsive catch is not just the good arm position.... It is also how the Catch Arm pulls/pushes, relative to the body position (ie. good timing/connection between the body rotation and the pulling arm).

ALEX
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Old 09-23-2011
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How do you know if you have the right catch?

By the way, I have the feeling that a good propulsive catch is not just the good arm position.... It is also how the Catch Arm pulls/pushes, relative to the body position (ie. good timing/connection between the body rotation and the pulling arm).

ALEX
I agree 100%. Also I just learned recently that proper kick timing (at least if you use a 2bk) has a big influence on how solid the catch feels.
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Old 09-24-2011
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Westy

That's a good suggestion--I will try it tomorrow morning.

Can you say more about "thick water on the forearm"? I think I know what you mean but it sounds important enough to be sure.

Thanks

Mike
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Old 09-24-2011
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Westy

Thanks for the suggestion. Can you say more about "thick water on the forearm"?

Mike

Last edited by swimmermike : 09-24-2011 at 05:06 PM. Reason: misspelling
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Old 09-24-2011
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I also have difficulty breathing when I swim with closed fists. Is the difficulty normal due to my slower speed and lack of hand pressure (for buoyancy), or is this more likely a symptom of poor breathing balance?
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Old 09-25-2011
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I also have difficulty breathing when I swim with closed fists. Is the difficulty normal due to my slower speed and lack of hand pressure (for buoyancy), or is this more likely a symptom of poor breathing balance?

YOu shouldn't be using hand pressure for buoyancy, however I will agree that at very slow speeds breathing is more difficult for me. Fist drill and one armed siwmming wiht non stroking are at the side is an excellent way to make sur eyou are not using your lead hand to help you breath. Othrewise your hand cannot contribute to your movement forward.

it sounds like fist drills are a very good drill for you for a number of reasons. :)
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