Don’t Look At Your Blades

These are not your grandfather's oars.*

These are not your grandfather’s oars.*

The sport changes, the advice doesn’t. In crew, rowers are told not to look at their blades. Your fingers should tell you what your oars are doing. Similarly, don’t look at the boat. It’s right there under your ass. No reason to check for it.

Look straight ahead. Hands instead of eyes. Don’t look down. Sounds like every riding lesson I’ve ever had.

(*For those of you who are neither rowers nor rowing groupies, these are Dreissigacker racing oars from Concept2. Funny-looking but fast.)

Categories: Horses, Riding, Sports Psychology

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  1. Haha I received pretty much the same remarks in my riding lessons! I always looked down and checked what my hands were doing, now that I’ve tried to let that go a bit I noticed that my posture is much better!

  2. I just taught myself how to knit without looking. Whole different experience! Start slowly and the speed picks up automatically.

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