- both sides – sliding over the ball nicely, getting a grip with forearm far in front of body
- both sides – appear to hold water with forearm all the way through to your waist
- both sides – gathering inward, sending ‘ball’ under the side of your body
- both sides – the catch depth seems appropriately ‘shallow’, sending the ball close under the body line, good bend of the elbow
- left catch – setting the catch with hand on track
- right catch – after the initial catch, the hand seems to waver, not remain facing backward against the ball
- right catch – the set of the catch is inward, almost in front of the head, off track, then gets back on track on the latter half of the pull
- right catch – set catch on track (in front of shoulder), elbow more outward
Attached photo shows right catch, in front of head.
ARM SWITCH TIMING
- both sides – switch timing appears about ideal for this tempo
- see notes on Entry
- by bringing your entry location closer to the shoulder, the hand will pierce the water a micro-second earlier than it has been and this will improve the timing of the arm switch even more – don’t set the catch earlier even if the fingers enter the water a bit sooner
- both sides – turning early, faster than torso rotation
- both sides – taking a quick sip
- both sides – returning before recovery arm, moving independent of torso rotation
- right extension arm stays on track, at target through breathing action (though a bit narrow on non-breathing strokes)
- both sides – head tilts off axis just a bit
- both sides – there is perhaps just a bit of excess upward thrust of the head (from the catch?), which then may cause that bit of a drop in head position right after the breath
- left extension arm might go a bit wide on breathing stroke (or inconsistent)
- you may consider working on an even sneakier breath position, with head lower in water, no tilt in the neck (however, your head position is within tolerance)
Attached photos show the head, on both sides, tilted up, a bit too much out of the water.
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~ Coach Mat