Originally Posted by bach
ppl say my form is really messed up. this is what i think.. -the oar handle is too high at the catch -this means the blade's in pretty deep at the beginning of the drive -in order to extract the blade w/o it getting stuck at the finish, the blade gets less and less deep during the drive -this causes the oar handle to travel in a circular motion (high at the catch, traveling downwards during the drive, ending up low at the finish) -the oar's motion should be more rectangular; flat during the drive. also, how do you guys feather and square up? i've heard you let the hand closest to yr blade do all the work. do yr hands stay fixed on the oar? i.e., are yr wrists flat on the drive and then the backs of yr palms face towards you during the recovery? the other possibility is that yr wrists are flat during the recovery and then the backs of yr palms face AWAY from you during the drive. or maybe some in-between... i wanna learn how to row, but we have a coach who doesn't talk
Your biggest problem is that you drop your hands as you move up the slide. This causes your blade to lift farther off the water, so you really have to drive your hands up at the catch. Doing so causes a variety of problems: 1. You miss a lot of water. This causes your drive to be shorter and less efficient. 2. You're driving before the blade is locked in. This causes a lot of check in the boat, which slows down your forward momentum. 3. Lifting your hands so high causes your back to open early, robbing some of the power from your legs 4. You're pulling right into your lap. This is going to make it hard to get a clean finish, and it's going to throw the set off. Like you said, you need to focus on a rectangular motion. Pop your blade out at the catch and then keep your hands at that level. After you square your blade do not drop your hands. When you're a couple inches from the end of the slide start to raise your hands. Doing so will cause your blade to back itself into the water, creating a slight "v-splash". Your stroke doesn't do this well, but he is doing a better job then you. Once your back your blade into the water, hang off the arms and make your legs do the work. Once your legs have gone down, swing with the back and then pull with the arms. When you're actually rowing there will be some overlap, but think of it as a sequence. Make sure to pull in high, this will help stop you from washing out. If you can I would move your foot stretchers towards stern one notch. This will give you a little more angle at the catch. Doing so allows your legs to get connected quicker, and your finishes will be a little shorter. At the finish: Couple of inches before your handle hits your chest tap down. You tap down with the outside hand and feather with the inside one. Make sure that you tap before feathering, or else the boat will go down to your side. When you square up you once again use the inside hand; the oar just rotates in your outside hand. Inside hand takes care of feathering/squaring. Outside hand controls the level of the oar. Keep up the good work! You're obviously working hard and that's the most important thing to correcting any technical faults.