Hello I have just recently started rowing. I have been taught to get the blade out of the water to tap down and away with the inside hand and wrist. I notice here however you are saying to tap down with the outside hand and feather with the inside. I’m just wondering which is the best technique? And why there are these different coaching techniques? I do find this the hardest part of the stroke so any tips and suggestions would be most welcome many thanks.
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There are many different ways to row – what you are being taught is slightly different from the ‘classic’ instruction. Neither is “right” or “wrong”. There are good reasons to teach one thing (your technique) to beginners and maybe change that for more experienced athletes.
I suggest you check your understanding with your coach – show her/him this blog post and check that you and she have the same idea.
It may help to get a video to watch of skilled rowing – there are lots on YouTube.
Why does rowing technique understanding matter?
I don’t know, when I wrote this answer to our questioner what the coach actually said.
Your coaching educational skill in communicating your intent is KEY to getting athletes doing what you want. Did the coach intend to teach an inside hand tap down for sweep, or did the athlete mis-interpret?
I teach beginners to scull and I am frustrated regularly when I see them not doing the ‘basics’ I teach such as ‘don’t let go of the oars’ and ‘put the bank side blade in first’ and ‘how to carry a double scull’. So I growl at them and yell in frustration driven by care and a desire not to see them flip into the water. Yet really I should be examining my teaching and communication. They clearly didn’t get my message.
Some teaching aides I should be using:
- written summary to hand out
- video link to explain in slow motion
- let them ‘fail’ and fall in – that’ll teach them fast
- get them to teach someone else and critique each other
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