Then the way to do this is to focus on achieving a high and early vertical forearm (EVF) position for front crawl.
If your arm as you're pulling through underwater in the catch and pull phases is straight, or not in the optimal elbow bend of 90-100 degrees then you'll be losing some of the water you can pull yourself over to swim faster.
An EVF position utilises the entire forearm during the pull, from fingertips to elbow.
How does this work?
When your arm is performing a straight arm pull, the amount of water you're pushing behind you is minimal and your shoulders will be doing most of the "hard" work.
With an early vertical forearm position the volume of water you're pushing behind you is much larger, and your much bigger latissimus dorsi back muscles will be activated.
One of our favourite pieces of swim equipment for helping clients to learn this is the Finis Forearm Fulcrums
• Develop an early vertical forearm (EVF) position and increase stroke efficiency
• Promote stroke refinement through muscle memory of proper hand, wrist and forearm position
• Improve efficiency and maintain a strong, uninterrupted pull from the beginning of the stroke to the end
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