Arm Recovery Drill

STOP, POP & ROLL

The first movement from the back of the stroke 

  1. Lift the elbow to do this use your front part of the deltoid (see link below)
  2. Keep your hand and forearm relaxed throughout the recovery
  3. Roll the shoulder around to set up your entry of the hand and forearm
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HOw to Practice?

Practice this by just doing the recovery movement – Complete this one arm at a time with your other arm on a kick board.

STOP the arm at the end of the stroke - body rotated in the optimal position.

POP the elbow up and then drop back into the water.

Consider how you are lifting your elbow and the direction it is lifting. Elbow should be lifting straight up and the front of your deltoid should be helping to lift the elbow.

ROLL the elbow through the recovery.

Consider the width of the arm (wider is easier). Elbow leads the hand and forearm until you hand elbow is inline with your shoulder then let your hand and elbow come through to the entry BUT you must keep your shoulder high for the entry to be effective and to get a stronger catch!

Remember why we are doing this

  1. Relaxed recovery (low effort)
  2. High shoulder position
  3. Set up a high elbow entry position
  4. Separate your body rotation and arm movement (ie. Your body rotation opens up so you can drive your arm to the back of the stroke) http://www.boostcoaching.co.nz/power/

Key Points

  1. Wrist needs to face the front and fingers tips should be down and relaxed 
  2. Initiate the recovery by lifting the elbow rather than lifting your hand up and then swinging your arm from the outside in. this action generally creating a cross over at the front and in turn causes the shoulder to drop at entry for a weaker catch and pull position.
  3. The elbow leads through the recovery not the hand and forear