Freshie Antonia Winstanley asked for an image to go with practice #30. So here it is.
Practice #30 is about the direction, width, and depth of the recovery hand as it re-enters the water. Send the hand in, slightly down, and most importantly forward. The high side hip sends the hand/arm forward as it rotates, but stay aware of the extending arms width, direction, and depth on this practice. Four aspects of the arm as it re-enters are:
- Send it straight. Send the arm straight, keep it as wide as the shoulder, so don’t let it cross over as it extends, ride parallel tracks.
- Slope the arm. Slope the arm down then hold it there. You may send it down but then it could swoop or scoop up. Be sure to continue that slope.
- Drop it down. Send it directly there. Another common problem is the arm re-enters to shallow then slowly drifts down to the width and depth, which I like to call the elevator effect. Send it directly to 12 inches under the water.
- Extend forward. Be sure to ride it out by going forward as opposed to going immediately into the catch.
Keep it simple. Feel the arm by swimming 3-4 strokes with your eyes closed. This gets you into your body and heightens your awareness. Give it a go and let us know how you get along.