Open vs closed hand in swimming strokes

A common thing some people do in their swimming stroke is a closed hand, I started an open hand technique following what was taught by total immersion, the purpose was so that the hand and arms be as relaxed as possible to conserve energy. As it turns out, the open hand is actually more effective in pulling the water, and therefore better for a swim stroke. Some studies have shown thar certain swimmers like Michael Phelps uses an open hand, and reseaarch has shown that an open hand is more effective. To be more prexise is a 10 degree separation.


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