FTD: Fingertip Drag Freestyle

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.

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In the above photo you can see how nice and high Katie’s elbow is as she gently trails her fingertips across the water. Her hands are close to her body but not touching it, similar to regular freestyle.

To swim Fingertip Drag: Freestyle

  1. 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:

  1. Keep your fingers relaxed during the recovery. They should just trail gently across the water.
  2. Your hands should be near your body, but not touching your body as you recover.
  3. Try to rotate evenly on both sides.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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In the above photo, Katie practices Fingertip Drag with her hand submerged. She still has a high elbow and great rotation.

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In the above photo, Katie practices Fingertip Drag with her hand submerged just above the wrist. The drill is becoming more difficult and her rotation is becoming more important in order to maintain a high elbow during the recovery.

FTD elbow

In the above photo, Katie is practicing Fingertip Drag with her arm submerged to the elbow. She is experiencing much more drag but is still managing to keep her hand near her body and rotate fully to maintain that high elbow.

Have you ever practiced Fingertip Drag Freestyle with your hands at different depths?



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