Gloves for grip?

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Gloves for grip?

Post by pagomichaelh » April 4th, 2021, 7:41 pm

This will likely sort itself out in time, but (as a beginner rower) by the time I've gotten into one of the boats, everything has been immersed a number of times by the other beginners, so my hands slip on the handles.

Will gloves improve the grip enough to bother with? My hands are pretty heavily calloused, so blisters aren't a thing, only the lack of grip.
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Re: Gloves for grip?

Post by Cyclist2 » April 4th, 2021, 10:43 pm

Personally, I need the feel of the oar when I'm on the water. so I don't use gloves. I use gloves on the erg, but the feathering and catch need a finer feel. My recommendation is to make sure the handle grips are clean. If they are not, they get slippery with skin oils. Water shouldn't make them slippery. You can get knurled (textured) grips if that is an option.

I suspect, being a new rower, you are gripping the handle too tightly. It should be pretty light, with only the feathering motions needing some "friction" and even that doesn't require gripping hard. If you watch videos of races, you'll see the rowers dipping their hands into the water before a race, and Hamish Bond (Kiwi Pair) even does it during races and training; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvUIABS ... nel=JesseC.
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Re: Gloves for grip?

Post by Tsnor » April 10th, 2021, 6:11 pm

Bring a towel. No joke. It's not just the previous rower... wind plus the someone taking their oar out wrong can get a splash on your oar handle makes it hard to feather.

The plastics are worse (for me) than wood handles when wet. Others claim the opposite.

Grabbing the handle tighter when the oar handle is slippery is a problem... you just get tired and end up with your shoulder too tight (tight hands --> tight shoulder) so your release is bad.

A small towel you can use on the handle fixes things. Their are usually one or two people in our boats with a towel. Next water break in the workout you can dry your handle and are set.

Recomend against gloves. It's not worth the grief you'll get from other rowers. :D

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Re: Gloves for grip?

Post by pagomichaelh » April 11th, 2021, 11:39 am

Tsnor wrote:
April 10th, 2021, 6:11 pm
Bring a towel. No joke. It's not just the previous rower... wind plus the someone taking their oar out wrong can get a splash on your oar handle makes it hard to feather.

The plastics are worse (for me) than wood handles when wet. Others claim the opposite.

Grabbing the handle tighter when the oar handle is slippery is a problem... you just get tired and end up with your shoulder too tight (tight hands --> tight shoulder) so your release is bad.

A small towel you can use on the handle fixes things. Their are usually one or two people in our boats with a towel. Next water break in the workout you can dry your handle and are set.

Recomend against gloves. It's not worth the grief you'll get from other rowers. :D
I'm going to give that a shot next week. Not going for impromptu swims :D , as well as assimilating technique, helped a lot yesterday.
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