David Popovicci has shown the world how effective an extended recovery in freestyle can be.  Instead of driving the hand into the water, Popovicci holds his hand above the water for as long as possible before entering.  This creates a quick and powerful shoulder rotation that leads to a faster pull and kick.  In this video Coach Gary teaches the extended recovery to Swiss Olympic hopeful Max Seidel.  Using the 6 kick 1 Stroke swim drill Max gets comfortable with this technique before moving on to full stroke.