At the front end of the rowing stroke, the goal is to achieve a quick catch.
Too often, rowers hear the word “quick,” and replace it with the word “hard.” The change of direction at the front end of the stroke can be quick, without being hard. In fact, a free, well-timed recovery can lead to a quick and easy catch. It is only once you are connected at the catch, that you should consider how hard you are pressing. And even then, you should be focused on accelerating out of the front end, reaching maximum handle speed at the completion of the stroke... not trying to reach full speed at the ...

 

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