rowing mistakes

Rowing mistakes


Sliding stroke
Wiper stroke
Apple pie with whipped cream syndrome
Spine movement
No core stability (and balance)
Incorrect placed footplate
Incorrect swivel height


Washing out
Blade turn out
Sticky handle(s)
Sticky trunk
Pulling up the shoulders


Too little body over
Too far body over
Sliding too early
Sliding the blades over the water
Systematically tapping the water
Blade dive flight
No water-free recovery
Insufficient swivel pressure
Late squaring
Uncontrolled sliding
Not sliding far enough
Dive into the boat
Over reaching
Sliding under your shoulders
Pausing before the catch


Catching with the trunk
Catching with the arms (grabbing)
Missing water


Use the trunk too early
No pressure after the catch
Digging deep
Kicking through the seat
Seesawing of the blade
Overstretching the legs
Draw not finished
Pressureless end draw
Not enough lay-back
Too much lay-back
Pull the trunk over the handle(s)


Incorrect hand position
Handles apart
Right handle to the hip
Wide legged rowing
Not sitting straight


Hands placed incorrect
Straight inside arm
Leaning away from the rigger


No cadence
Unequal stroke length
Unequal stroke segments
Unevenly movement sequence
Unevenly finish
Uneven recovery
Uneven catch
Unequal power distribution
No balance in the scull boat
No balance in the sweep boat
No water-free recovery
Crew does not support the stroke

In order to keep the text readable, the masculine form of address is used everywhere. Each rowing mistake is described in the following fixed format:

Mistake: A description of the rowing mistake, or how to recognize it.
Observe: With which observation points the mistake can be obseved? Also see: Observe.
Cause: What is the cause of the mistake.
Why is the mistake inconvenient, what makes it important to address it.
Remedy: With which exercises can you tackle this mistake. A distinction has been made between the different training means:
in the Rowing bin on the Rowing machine or in the boat. In some cases, the remedy differs per training means. It also happens that a remedy is less suitable for a training means, this is then omitted.
How can the rower notice for himself if he is doing it right or not. What kinesthetic (tactile), auditory (hearing) or visual (looking) feedback can be used.
How can the mistake be observed from the cox position. If this is impossible, this line is omitted.
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