I’ve been working on soft, relaxed hands a lot in my stroke, and have posted about that here on Swymnuts. As a swimmer, I’ve always subscribed to the theory that if you have tension in your hands, it marches up your forearm, into your upper arm, your deltoid, and your neck and shoulder muscles. At least, that is what happened to me quite often! Nothing like some major forearm cramps to slow you down! I’ve found that if I slightly separate my fingers, I have a much more relaxed hand. Well, whaddya know, there is no some science defending that! Check out the article link below from Live Science.
The photo you see here, of the relaxed hands, is how I like to think of them as I am swimming. One way to try this out is to stand on deck before you enter the water for practice. Just stand relaxed, with hands down by your side. Take notice of how the fingers are slightly spread and even curled in just slightly. Hit the water and give this a try! You just might like it.