Fingertip Drag is a great freestyle drill to practice a high elbow during recovery. The cool thing about fingertip drag is that you can change the depth at which you drag your fingers to create more drag and work on a good rotation.
To swim Fingertip Drag: Freestyle
- Fingertip Drag is similar to a normal Freestyle except that during the recovery, the swimmer will drag their fingertips across the water.
Things to think about:
- Keep your fingers relaxed during the recovery. They should just trail gently across the water.
- Your hands should be near your body, but not touching your body as you recover.
- Try to rotate evenly on both sides.
- Experiment with the depth at which you drag your fingertips. Try a lap with your hand submerged to the wrist or even with your arm submerged to the elbow.
- The deeper you submerge your arm, the more important it is for you to focus on a good body roll to keep your elbow high and dry during the recovery.
Have you ever practiced Fingertip Drag Freestyle with your hands at different depths?