I know I'm not even close to Ande's skill level, but I did the same thing and my coach just fixed it. The thing she said to do was picture your arms coming in at 10 and 2. A way that helped me picture it better was to stand sideways in front of a mirror. Put your arm up like you're on your side...so your arm is covering your ear perfectly in line with your shoulder. Then turn to face the mirror and see where your arm is. It is actually a little wider than your shoulder. Then put it where you put your hand in now, and then turn to the side. It's comes to the front. That creates drag when you roll so you actually do want to have your arms hit wider, so that you're in perfect streamline on your side. It feels REALLY weird at first, but you'll get used to it. I had the same problem with my pull so she said to really concentrate on keeping your palms facing back, so that you have a good surface to pull against. Paddles helped me to recognize where I was really slipping and needed to focus on keeping my palm back. Good Luck!!Originally posted by bda721
This is a hard one for me to verbalize, but I will try.
When I swim free I put my hand in line with my head then move it out to the shoulder before I start my pull. The coach that we have tells me that I should not put my hand in front of my head but instead just stop it at the shoulder. When I do this (and I really have to concentrate on it) I feel like I am not getting enough out of the pull and I have yet to see any improvement in my times. What do you think?