Found this video linked from Matt Fitzgerald’s blog...I am going to watch it a few times, then head to the pool for my workout. I hope I have the same Eureka moment that Matt had!
Great quote from the video: Don’t forget, if you get the catch correct, it puts alot of pressure, strain and stress on that shoulder. And sometimes, if you’re not used to it, the brain will tell you to choose a weaker position.
Update later in the day: I did not have a Eureka moment. I struggled with mimicing this pull, and it ended up making me alot slower. I did notice it was easier to “get it” when using a pull buoy. This tells me that there is something wrong with my balance that I need to correct first. After struggling for an hour in the pool, and feeling very un-fishlike, I gave up, did some fingertip drag drill to help me get back in to my own fishlike groove. I will explore this idea later, maybe after working on my balance. I believe that changes in technique are like fitting a puzzle together. Sometimes you can’t put a piece in place, until other pieces are correctly fitted. Kaizen.