At the front end of the rowing stroke, you must allow the blade to bury and allow yourself to feel connection with the boat (pressure against feet and handle) before you drive. And to connect with with good timing and efficiency, once the blade has set into the water, you must focus on moving out of the front end with the boat (no faster, no slower than the speed of the shell). Only once you are connected and moving with the speed of the boat can you work to accelerate it throughout the drive. If you drive before you connect, you will either miss water or shoot the slide. Connection and dr...

 

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