High-Elbow Catch

Purpose: to develop proper catch mechanics and build strength

The Catch is the first third of the pull.

  • Assume proper body position with tubing. 
  • Jut shoulder forward toward top of head.
  • Rotate upper arm inward toward head.
  • "Catch" water by bringing lower arm perpendicular to the ground.
  • Keep the elbow high and forward moving it as little as possible.

Your shoulder muscle is responsible for internal rotation of upper arm.  

 High-Elbow Catch Free (one arm at a time)

 High-Elbow Catch Fly (both arms together)


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