The future of stroke technique. Pinky first entry?

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The future of stroke technique. Pinky first entry?

Post by SA on Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:25 am

The most commenly used path:
Using the right arm for example. First the arm slides over the ball in front of the shoulder starting at the left side, hand enter water thumb slightly down, arm extends further forward over the top of the ball hand horizontal, then arm slides downward over the right side over the ball. pinky and hand start to angle  down.
Arm can be wrapped over the ball untill ball hits arm pit, having total control over the ball.
Body is launched from the ball, or in other words, ball is thrown backwards.

Over the years the path of the arm over the ball has changed.
With the S pull the ball was approached more from the left side with more thumbs down, with a bigger sweep to the right over the ball, and the ball pressed diagonal against the stomach at the catch point.

Next step was the straight(er) pull, with less S. almost straight, hand entering te water horizontal and skipping the left side of the ball, but sliding the hand over the ball right on the top/center, with only a little movement to the right when wrapping the arm around the ball.

Going even further, we can start the setup of the arm even closer to the catch point, by entering pinky first, little wider than shoulder WITH THE ELBOW ROTATED UP at the same time/about the same time.
With this entry we go back to the slicing in of the hand without splash like the good old thumb first entry, but skip all the moving around of the arm toward the catch point.
After entering the arm we have a load of time to go to catch now. we are already at the right side of the ball moving pinky down, only have to wrap the arm around it and go!
- Even better for the shoulder than flat hand entry,
- less splash entry
- simple movement (well depends how easy it is to do point 4)
-promotes conscious elbow up rotation of the arm seperate of the hand angle.

Always rotate elbow up before catch!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZGyARs7VXo

The usual change of hand angle from entry to catch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPjg1AexohE

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Re: The future of stroke technique. Pinky first entry?

Post by SA on Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:52 pm

forgot point 5
- impact on arm entry steers arm in the right direction without additional shoulder steering input.

The most natural place for the arm to land in the water with a ballistic straigh/semistraight recovery is between centerline and shoulderline.
You want it at shoulderline, so you have to steer the arm to the outside after this arm entry.
With the palmsurface rotated 45 degrees pinky down the impact on the palmsurface steers the arm already to the outside. so you dont have to use any shouldrmuswclesw to do so.
In sprint freestyle the entry is already close to pinky first action.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T59xXe4E_O0

Freestyler paddles are a bad idea because the arm steered to the centerline at entry will keep pointing that way. It restricts the adjustment to the outside of the hand and also doesnt allow any sculling skill.
If you enter straight forward that is not a problem, but in that case you dont need them anyway!

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