What is the perfect rowing catch?
Do you know if there is an ideal catch for different boat speeds and different boat events?
Is there a different catch for different rowing styles?
This is a hard question to answer because we can look at top scullers around the world with different catches all being fast.
What we can see is that the rowing catch changes as the intensity of the work increases. A good rowing catch is well timed with the change of direction of the body mass. If you look at all those videos you are going to find many similarities because all the rowers in those videos are excellent scullers with many rowing results that support that.
Let’s look at those 4 videos and look at the rowing catch.
In this video you can see a very good lightweight man 1x rowing at low rates. He won the LM2x last year in Bled 2011. The catch is direct but not aggressive. I will say that this rowing is very efficient and good for a LM1x or LM2x. I like it a lot for a 1x or 2x. It is a very good example of efficient rowing catch for those events.
In this video you have a very good heavyweight rower from Australia. He stroked the M4x that won in Bled 2011. His catch is really direct ad powerful and there is a huge amount of power on his body and on his drive. The 4x that is a really fast boat needs a very quick first part of the stroke because the boat is moving really fast. His amount of work per stroke is amazing. This rower is really strong. This rowing is not easy rowing. He is training hard here. Is this rowing sustainable for a weaker rower?
This rower won the M1x in Bled 2011. Here he is rowing easy rowing before race day. He is placing direct but efficiently. I believe his catch is more powerful when he trains with higher power per stroke.
This rower got a medal at the Worlds last year in Bled 2011. This video is her doing easy rowing before a race.
So in order to answer the question:
What is the best rowing catch of all these videos?
They are all good. It depends who you are, what are you doing and what you focus more your training on.