how to go about (and how not to go about) improving your feel for the water - a much misunderstood subject.
Pushing water down at the front of your stroke not only ruins your catch, it also acts to sink your legs.
This is because your body acts like a see-saw in the water -
Pushing the water down lifts your front end up but pushes your legs down low into the water, creating lots of extra drag:
A good catch and pull drives you forward with less effort, not more.
Dropping your wrist.
Andrew drops his wrists - 'applying the brakes' - as he tries to overly lengthen his stroke. This is very common to see.
There are few things worse for your shoulders than thumb first hand entry.
Swim Smooth's Catch Masterclass
“The Catch Masterclass DVD is a superb rendering of how to find and develop the sometimes elusive key element of freestyle swimming, the catch. It is focused on one main (and vital) element of good swimming technique, with plenty of detail, but simplified so swimmers can work on developing a better swimming catch step by step and not get lost in those details.
This DVD is another winner from the Swim Smooth coaches. Five Stars!