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AhmedF
September 4th, 2014, 04:07 PM
Hi Everyone :)
Here's a little bit about myself. I live in Pakistan, Islamabad. I'm eighteen years old and am a member of the Islamabad team. I've been swimming seriously for about year now, though I have been in and out of the pool from a young age. I am aiming to make the national team.
So recently I've been experimenting with my freestyle. I have started using a straight arm recovery in short distance events and at the end of a long race. People in Pakistan aren't familiar with this style so I am a little bit in the dark as to what type of catch to use. Should I just drive my hand straight down and back or should I use a deep or a short catch?
Any information about the straight arm freestyle would be very appreciated :)

__steve__
September 4th, 2014, 09:45 PM
Are you faster using straight arm recovery, or about the same?

AhmedF
September 5th, 2014, 04:11 AM
Are you faster using straight arm recovery, or about the same?

Hi Steve :)
I've tried the straight arm free in timed 25m sprints and I'm about 2-3 seconds faster. That being said I know I still have to work on my high elbow freestyle

ande
September 5th, 2014, 10:42 AM
When sprinting you want to immediately catch, no pause up front.
Watch underwater videos of the fastest sprinters in the world and copy them
I don't think they think much about their catch, they just do it.


Hi Everyone :)
Here's a little bit about myself. I live in Pakistan, Islamabad. I'm eighteen years old and am a member of the Islamabad team. I've been swimming seriously for about year now, though I have been in and out of the pool from a young age. I am aiming to make the national team.
So recently I've been experimenting with my freestyle. I have started using a straight arm recovery in short distance events and at the end of a long race. People in Pakistan aren't familiar with this style so I am a little bit in the dark as to what type of catch to use. Should I just drive my hand straight down and back or should I use a deep or a short catch?
Any information about the straight arm freestyle would be very appreciated :)

AhmedF
September 5th, 2014, 11:42 AM
When sprinting you want to immediately catch, no pause up front.
Watch underwater videos of the fastest sprinters in the world and copy them
I don't think they think much about their catch, they just do it.
A straight arm pull underwater seems to happen naturally when I swim straight arm free.
However I'm concerned about the fact that I may be pushing water downwards unnecessarily rather than backwards. Theoretically speaking, wouldn't a straight arm recovery with its high stroke rate coupled with a deep catch or high elbow catch rather than a straight pull be the fastest and most efficient.