Are your front crawl arms letting you down? Not sure if your arm technique is quite right?
Did you know that the arm action for front crawl can be broken down into three basic parts? Three parts, that when executed correctly, will give you the smooth, effortless swimming front crawl technique you've been looking for.
Front crawl arm technique can be broken down into three main parts:
The hand entry should occur approximately in-between the line of the shoulder and the centre of the head.
The hand enters and 'catches' the water thumb side down, with fingers closed. The hand then reaches forward under the water without over stretching until the arm fully extends just under the water surface.
The hand sweeps through the water as the arm pulls under the body, towards the hip.
The elbow bends and leads the movement backward and remains high throughout the propulsive phase.
The hand pulls through towards the thigh and upwards to the water surface.
The elbow bends and exits the water first. The hand and fingers follow, fully exiting the water and follow a straight line along the body line over the water surface.
The elbow is bent and high and the arm is fully relaxed during the recovery phase.
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Both of these mistakes will disturb the body position by causing an excessive roll. This in turn will create an inefficient overall swimming stroke.
A simple exercise to try out in the pool is to practice using one arm at a time. Hold a float or kickboard in one hand and kick whilst practicing the front crawl arm pull with the other.
Isolating one arm at time ensures focus on correct technique. You can use the arm as slow as you like, focusing and concentrating on each phase of the arm technique.