This drill forces you to rotate and keep a high elbow during the recovery phase of your stroke. During the fingertip drag you swim a regular freestyle but you drag the tips of your fingers through the water. This drill helps you relax your forearms and hands during the recovery phase.
How to do it
- Swim freestyle at an easy pace
- As soon as your hand exits the water, rotate in and drive the elbow up first
- Drag your fingertips lightly through the water, along the side of your body
- Let your elbow lead the way and drag all the way to the front of your stroke
- Enter the water smoothly and repeat this with your other arm
- Let your forearm be as relaxed as possible, let the elbow drive your hand forward
- Feel the water with the tips of your fingers, without causing too much drag
- Balanced body in the water and maintain a strong kick while performing this drill
This drill incorporates good body rotation, high elbow recovery and a relaxed forearm which makes your freestyle much smoother. You can easily practice this drill during an easy endurance set. You’ll be working both your technique and your stamina at the same time.