Freestyle – Catch-Up Catch

Talk about a quick drill, here’s one.  This drill can be done during a kick set, or as a stand-alone drill.

Why Do It:
This little drill will allow you time to focus on an early catch and high elbow without making you think too much.  There is really only ONE focal point to this drill.

How to Do It:
 Start by kicking flutter kick in the face-down position.  Put both hands out in front, and interlock the thumbs.  Not in perfect streamline, but the arms aren’t crazy apart either.
2.  Take a stroke with one arm, return it back to center, wait a bit, and then take a stroke with the other arm.  Put some kicks between the strokes so you can focus on the "fine point."
3.  The trick to this drill is that when you take the stroke, you try to maintain a connection between your elbow and the surface of the water.  It’s not that easy, so close counts, too.

How to Do It Really Well (the Fine Points):
Didn’t we just cover that in step 3 above?  If you really want to focus on it, put on a Finis Center Mount Snorkel so you can spend more time thinking about what you’re doing, or put on some fins to keep you moving.