Improve Your Freestyle Extension:

Swimming is more than just a workout; it’s a skill that requires precision, technique, and practice. One key element to master in freestyle swimming is your extension. Improving your freestyle extension can significantly boost your efficiency and speed in the water. In this blog, we’ll dive into why extension matters and how you can fine-tune your technique with a quick tip, all of which is explained and highlighted in my YouTube video embedded above.


The Importance of Proper Freestyle Extension

Mastering your freestyle extension offers numerous benefits:

1. Increases Stroke Length:

A proper extension allows you to cover more distance with each stroke, making your swimming more efficient.

2. Enhances Hydrodynamics:

Extending your arm fully helps streamline your body, reducing drag and allowing you to glide smoothly through the water.

3. Improves Balance and Stability:

Correct extension keeps your body aligned, maintaining balance and stability, which is essential for an effective freestyle stroke.

Quick Tip: Feeling the Water Through Extension

One effective way to improve your freestyle extension is by experimenting with the position of your hand in the water. This quick tip involves extending your arm at different heights to understand how it impacts your feel of the water.

Here's how to do it:

  • Extend Too High: Start by extending your arm slightly above the water surface. Notice how it feels awkward and less effective in propelling you forward.


  • Extend Too Low: Next, try extending your arm too deep into the water. You’ll likely feel more resistance, making it harder to maintain a smooth stroke.


  • Find the Middle Ground: Finally, extend your arm right in the middle, where your hand is just below the surface. This position should feel the most natural and efficient, allowing you to glide effortlessly.


Experimenting with these different positions helps you understand the optimal placement of your hand for maximum propulsion and efficiency. It’s all about finding that sweet spot where you can feel the water and use it to your advantage.

Join Our Kickstart Course to Enhance Your Freestyle Technique

Improving your freestyle extension is just one aspect of becoming a better swimmer. To get comprehensive training and personalized tips, join our Kickstart Course online. Our course is designed to help you master freestyle swimming from the foundation up, providing you with the skills and confidence to excel in the water.

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Improving your freestyle extension is a game-changer for enhancing your swimming technique. By experimenting with the position of your hand in the water, you can find the optimal extension that feels natural and efficient. Don’t forget to watch the embedded YouTube video for a detailed demonstration and join our Kickstart Course to elevate your freestyle technique.

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