It may 'feel' much better and easier to put the little-finger in first
in freestyle, but you're going to be much slower. It depends on
what your goal's are.
>If she was talking about little-finger entering the water first in
>freestyle, I hope you didn't pay much for the clinic. The hand should
>enter the water thumb-side down, about 15-45 degree angle. In back-
>stroke, yes, the little-finger should enter first.
>It may 'feel' much better and easier to put the little-finger in first
>in freestyle, but you're going to be much slower. It depends on
>what your goal's are.
That's my take on the subject.
On this thumb/index vs. pinky debate:
When I was in my ***s, my coach encouraged me to try the "pinky first"
freestyle recovery. After 4-6 months of doing this, I developed bad
tendonitis in my shoulders. Was it related? I'll never know for sure-
plenty of swimmers suffer the same injury, but the timing spooked me, and
I went back to thumb first after rehab, and things were better.
BTW, my practice times were no differenteither way.
just my 2 cents