The purpose of the Shoulder Tap Drill is to help develop body roll and high-elbow recovery. This drill is best done using fins. Begin with a normal freestyle stroke and with your right arm extended at the front of the stroke, initiate the over-water recovery phase of the stroke with the left arm. When your left hand passes the shoulder, pause briefly and â€˜tap the shoulderâ€™ before piercing the left hand into the water. Continue with the left arm through the overwater recovery phase.
– Focus on control and good body roll as you tap the shoulder through the recovery stage.
– Maintain the extended position while the opposite arm/hand enters the water in front quadrant.
– This will look like normal freestyle swimming but with a quick pause to briefly tap the shoulder.