Here is a question for you, (and I cannot wait for the comments).
If your focus is sweep rowing, and going fast, can sculling help you get faster?
I had my own opinion about this, but I wanted to search out others for their thoughts. I asked several friends who are rock-star coaches. I got several different responses back and the common theme that stuck out was, “it sure can!”
When I prompted one coach for more details she told me “Sculling can help with so many of the small intricacies of sweep rowing that the athlete dismisses as important when the call is loud and clear to PULL HARD.”
The thought here is that sculling is the feeling counterpart of sweep rowing. Like cross-country skiing and down-hill skiing—cross country skiing can teach skill sets that are critical to building a foundation for good down-hill skiing.
Another coach, world renowned Allen Rosenberg, told me that four main areas may improve when a rower sculls:
- Blade work skill
- Body posture
- Sensitive to the stroke
It also seemed that improvement can begin immediately. Meaning that you wouldn’t have to log in thousands of miles before any benefits happen.
A quick Google search will show that this is a topic of discussion for many. We are experimenting with sculling this Spring, to see if it improves our sweep rowing.
Something to consider if you are interested in making a sweep boat go fast.