Developing a Good Catch

In this post we’ll examine a common problem with swim strokes, and how to improve your ‘catch’.



Good Catch

If you are an Overglider, there is a big chance that you have personally experienced this kind of flaw, especially when you are training to increase your length.

The ‘catch’ takes place right in front of your every stroke the moment your hand tips down while you bend your elbow as you grasp the water.

An excellent catch efficiently pushes the water backwards while propelling you forward faster. The catch is an important element because if you fail to get grasp the water efficiently while you push it backward, you will not be able to generate enough propulsion.


Rather than pushing the water backwards, a good number of swimmers push the water downwards, which is a fatal mistake, but an even more fatal mistake is letting their wrists fall and then move forward. If you are one of those Overgliders then you have an increased chance of letting your wrists fall beneath the water while you extend forward and as far as you can. This is what we label as the ‘brakes’.

You can feel the water hitting against your palm every time you let your wrist fall while you swim forward. The pressure it creates is more of a braking power rather than propulsion. The more you push the water downwards the more resistance you will meet because water is not light and it does not readily accommodate movement. The result of this technique is it tires down the weak muscles of the shoulder thus preventing you from generating adequate propulsion.

Improving Your Catch

The majority of these swimmers believe that when they have a strong contact with the water, they are actually completing a good catch. Each time they drop their wrists during a swim they tend to feel resistance on their hand and they often relate this as an excellent catch. Do you have the same experience whenever you swim?

In improving your catch, you will notice that you no longer feel this kind of resistance as you push the water backward because what you are doing is aiding the natural flow of water as you go through it. If what you are anticipating is that resistance you are going to feel as you swim, then pushing the water towards your back may seem unnatural, which might have caused you to ignore this technique in the first place. This is one main reason why achieving a good catch is not so easy.

In advancing your catch, you will have to learn to tip your wrist on a downward motion and then bend your elbows as it passes in front of your head. This will help you push the water towards your back. Do not be surprised if you feel as if you are anchored in the water the first few times you practice this technique, this will go away as you master it.

Decrease Your Strokes

Overgliders are aware that, in order to swim faster, they will need to increase the number of strokes they make in a minute, which is not easy if you are swimming with wrists dropping at every stroke. This method of swimming is comparable to driving a car without disengaging the handbrakes and this is very laborious. If you get rid of this braking action you will be able to increase your stroke rate without increasing your effort to attain it.

The new Swim Guide we have developed will provide you the instructions and demonstrations that you require in order to improve your catch with each instruction aimed and fulfilling your every need.

In conclusion: Attaining the perfect catch is not easy feat and this distinguishes the best and finest swimmers from mediocre swimmers. Nonetheless, if you want to go faster it is not necessary to really perfect your catch. Just by learning how to push the water backwards is enough to improve your swimming speed.

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