Early Vertical Forearm can Improve your Swimming Catch

catch in swimming

The swimming catch is often lumped together with its latest nomenclature – early vertical forearm (EVF). But a personal coaching bias is the static nature of calling something ‘early’ or ‘vertical’. The expressed visual connotation is a simple image when the process of grabbing a great deal of water is dynamic in its very nature. 

The Swimming Catch is not a Moment in Time

Rather its a series of dynamic movements to initiate the propulsive phase of all swimming strokes and we wanted to accentuate that feeling with Mimic Swim Paddles.

Finger Straps Let Swimmers Connect Hand with Paddle

Form – balance surface tensions

Force – fingertip pressure

Flow – slower tempo with more extension to connect hips (transverse)


Wrist – not gonna happen

lotus leaf biomimicry

Curved edges of Hand Paddles at

Like the lotus leaf above Entry pt to manage position

minimize surface area that wont be used with ‘regular’ swimming

Maximize exit points

Nodes and grooves (biomimicry) – surface tension

Exit (scalloped edge) (encourage to exit without ‘pushing’ or ‘over finishing’ the stroke’)

Humpback whale has scalloped edges on its flippers. And those scalloped edges play with flow in such a way that is reduces drag by 32 percent. These wind turbines can rotate in incredibly slow windspeeds, as a result.

‘Stick’ to hand

Surface area changes because of multiple bio-mimetic materials