When sprinting with fins, and especially now that I'm trying to press my chest and head down and get my hips up, I can feel a pretty significant amount of drag as my arm recovers. I think this is due to the bowl of water I'm lying in because the fins are so powerful.

However, this is what elite swimmers have to deal with to a degree even without the fins, and dealing with it even at my level is probably helpful. How do they prevent the most drag as their arms are coming forward in the recovery part of the stroke?

  • Could you clarify what you're asking here just a bit?
    – wax eagle
    Mar 27, 2014 at 17:24
  • I thought it was straightforward. Can you tell me what's not clear about it? Basically, my arms have to move through a lot of water that is up and to the side of my body as they recover. Mar 27, 2014 at 17:27
  • I know you probably have tons of questions, but it might help to slow down and see what kind of answers you get here before you ask too many more. We don't have a huge expert community of swimmers yet (though we'd definitely like to add some). So it might take a bit before you get answers, and the more you flood in questions, the more overwhelmed a potential expert might be. It might help to slow down and focus on asking questions as clear and detailed as possible.
    – wax eagle
    Mar 27, 2014 at 17:27
  • :). I was about to post a fourth question (would have been my last), but I decided it wasn't as important and stopped for the same reason you stated. I checked the swimming tag before I posted, but I figure experts will eventually start congregating here and there are probably a few here. A little background, I stopped swimming for 4.5 years after high school, and as I get back into it, I'm trying to work on technique. I have a meet in a week and a half in which I'm trying to break my times, and it's hard to find consistent technique answers, hence all the questions. Mar 27, 2014 at 17:31
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    okay the fine is to long for swimmtrainig. You should use Exercise fins (i.ebayimg.com/t/Speedo-Short-Blade-Swim-Swimm-Ubungs-Flossen-/…) to improve your kick. The fine you use gives to to much propulsion so you need more power in your armes to get them infront of your body. This sort of fines you use without arms.
    – Phil
    Apr 10, 2014 at 15:37

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I have seen your most of the questions @ millie and I've come up with few flaws you may be suffering from. Please identify which suites best in your case.

  1. Your head+back+hip are in bow(arc) like position when you do free style without fins.

  2. Probably your legs a not stretched enough . May be because of foot make angle of 90 degree with your legs OR your knees are bent. This point is because of you just said with fins your back and hips are in proper position without pressing your chest. Simply means your legs are not stretched enough.


No matter what fins you use, your arm position should never be such that your freestyle recovery is in the water. If the bow wave is high for you, rotate your shoulders more and raise your elbow higher.

Your coach should be pointing this out to you. If you are raising your arms, you don't want to be pressing your chest and head down.

You may wish to discontinue use of fins, or possibly switch to shorter fins (as per @Phil's comment) in order to focus on your arm stroke.

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