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.