Tri trick

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Swim­ming with your fin­gers slightly apart could im­prove your swim ef­fi­ciency by up to five per cent, say experts.

Sci­en­tists at the Eind­hoven Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in the Nether­lands have dis­cov­ered that ‘rak­ing’ the wa­ter with fin­gers slightly apart is more ef­fec­tive than a ‘pad­dle’ ap­proach where fin­gers are held firmly to­gether.

Re­searchers mea­sured five dif­fer­ent con­di­tions of fin­ger spread from the closed hand with all fin­gers pressed to­gether like a pad­dle and a va­ri­ety of spreads rang­ing from five to 20 de­grees.

The most ef­fi­cient spread was found to be 10 de­grees but even five de­grees made a dif­fer­ence.

At elite level it could make the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing, con­cluded the study experts.

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