Legs, trunk and arms are used one after the other. The draw starts with a fierce leg drive, the kicking only happens with the forefoot. At about 40% of the draw length, the trunk takes over the propulsion of the legs. At about 60% of the draw length, the arms take over the thrust of the trunk.
To compensate for the acceleration of the boat, which - from the rower's perspective - causes the water to flow faster, the handles must be drawn and faster (accelerate) towards the trunk. This acceleration ideally continues until above the knees in the recovery (J-stroke).
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