|Rower in the foreground has technical problems, whereas second rower shows a better hang.|
If you are one of the rowers in these pictures, feel no shame, because 99% of the rowers who took part at CRASH-B share your technique. I am confident of my statement, because I know from personal experience the disconnect that exists in coaches' minds between water rowing and erging.
|This picture illustrates well the above described rowing stroke. Also I am not quite sure what is going on with the right foot.|
|This is a clear early arm draw, which puts the leg drive on the back burner, the upper body is opening early, while the heel has not yet connected to the foot board.|
|This picture I chose not necessarily for the first two rowers. Most of the pictures taken by row2k are in the drive phase so it is hard to find shots on the recovery. Have a look at the rower all the way to the right. He is on the recovery, combining every part of his body to move to the catch. Such a rower creates a rush in a team boat. The fellow in the middle has an early opening of back, is breaking the arms at the same time, and the angle of the upper body is already at vertical which leaves nothing to connect in the last quarter of the leg drive. The young rower at the forefront is gripping the handle in his fist reducing his ability to maximize his effective length at the catch and at the finish.|
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