Recent scientific studies have raised this debate on the best freestyle stroke technique, as I’ve discussed in this previous post. The “proven” conclusion was that the “deep catch”, or straight arm pull, is the faster of the two ways to pull.
So, debate over, right? We should all just adopt the deep catch and ditch the high elbow stuff.
Not exactly. In fact, I agree with Glenn here in this video- that triathletes and masters swimmers may not want to go with this straight arm pull. And, I believe that as a triathlete, it would likely actually hurt your races. The reason? You wil be using more energy with that pull, and while you may actually go a little faster, you will tire out in your race and your times will reflect it.
Remember, it’s not about going faster in your swim. It’s about being more efficient, which will lead to faster overall triathlon times and faster swim times.