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  In kayak, torso rotation is a bigger
  Posted by: ezwater on Jun-06-13 3:34 PM (EST)

issue, but if you look at real-life, good paddlers, not at Greg Barton, you may find that they're moving smartly along without exaggerated rotation.

It seems not to occur to torso rotation proponents that:

a.) there is a good bit of frictional energy loss in exaggerated torso rotation.

b.) if the arms and shoulders are used correctly, exaggerated rotation is not needed.

What is needed is a firm pulse of torso rotation, combined with appropriately limited arm action, right after the catch, and continuing until the lower hand nears the hip. You don't want to keep rotating the torso as long as you can, because well before that, you should have extracted the blade.

Shorter, firm torso twisting, shorter, firm arm action, getting the work done in front of the hip. It's the same basic approach in canoe paddling and kayaking.

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