Faster Masters Rowing Radio 5 August 2021
How to Get Your Blades Off the Water – Faster Masters Rowing Radio – the podcast for masters rowers.
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03:00 This past week. As coaches we develop too – we change our understanding over time.
09:50 How to get your blades off the water.
What causes imbalance?
13:00 What blade skills you need to have
19:00 Get the set / balance on the follow through after taking the oars out of the water. By the time the oars are perpendicular, your boat should be set level.
21.00 Drills to teach you how to get your blades off the water
Teach how to feather first
Teach how to feel the weight of the oar in your hand
Tapping drills and progressions to different body positions
Delayed feather drill
Set a high standard for drills
27:00 Do these drills slowly – this is key. Many athletes feather too quickly and lose connection to the boat.
31:00 Consistency – in a crew build up to more people rowing as you practice getting your blades off the water.
Look at your blades to see what they are doing compared to what you THINK you are doing.
35:00 Practice concentration.
38:00 An easy reference point – if your wrist bends you are too late tapping down. Pressure in the water helps the blade to come out of the water.
40:00 When you perfect the release, the boat speed goes up.