This is the perfect drill to work on your stroke length and increase the propulsion of your pull. During the catch-up you swim freestyle but one arm catches up with the other at the front end of your stroke. Taking a pause when both hands are together allows you to focus solely on your pull-through every stroke you swim.
How to do it
- Swim freestyle but let your hands catch-up in the front end of the stroke
- Pause for a split second and then start your catch with the other arm. Continue this cycle
- Keep a steady kick when pausing and breathe to the side during the recovery
- Emphasize the whole freestyle pull. First the catch, then start the pull and finish with a strong push out
- Stay streamlined and perform good rotation during the recovery
- Maintain a steady kick during the pause to keep up the speed
- Breathe after every stroke to practice breathing on both sides
Alternate the catch up drill with swimming regular freestyle. Maintain the same stroke length and you will feel how you increase the efficiency of every stroke.