The Pull - How To Swim Front Crawl | Freestyle Swimming Technique

Published on November 13th 2018


The pull phase of the front crawl stroke is the propulsive phase - when the hand and arm are pulling against the water. Get this part of the stroke right, and you can considerably transform your technique; making it both easier and quicker. Subscribe to GTN: Check out the GTN Shop: After entering our hand into the water first, we should aim to catch by applying pressure down onto the water. This maintains our body position in the water and begins to load the arms ready for the pull phase. With a perfect catch, you should see the elbow above the hand as the hands presses down and through the water. As the hand starts to come underneath your head, then this is the start of the PULL PHASE. There are different teachings on this pull phase, but the one that I recommend for symmetry, balance and efficiency - is a direct pull straight underneath the body. This prevents any movement or snaking from side-to-side. To do this effectively, you should have a slight bend in the elbow. Somewhere between 90-120 degrees. As demonstrated earlier, this really allows maximum force production. If you’re in a pool with a line on the bottom, as I am now...and you are fortunate enough to have a lane to yourself, or you’re in a squad session...then you can use this line to help teach this movement. Imagine the line is a ladder, and you have to pull yourself up this ladder. Each hand entry and pull should track over this line. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 Submit your content here: If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GTN... 📹 Rotation - How To Swim Front Crawl | Freestyle Swimming Technique - 📹 The Catch - How To Swim Front Crawl | Freestyle Swimming Technique - Music: Epidemic Sound Muy Loca - Beiba Just Wanna Run (Hallman Remix) (Instrumental Version) - Sebastian Forslund Beats And RnB 6 - Merlean Beats And RnB 5 - Merlean Photos: © Triathlon / Getty Images