Try rowing the dumbbell more towards your hip, and less towards your shoulder.
As far as relaxing the scapula, it’s kind of a personal preference. Do it if you want, it won’t make a big difference either way.
If you haven’t been lifting that long, then don’t worry about not being able to feel your lats that much. It generally takes a while to establish that feeling with the lats, for whatever reason.[/quote]
x2 to all of these.
If the 'bell end up closer to your shoulder than your hip, you’re using more arm flexion to lift the weight.
Check this article for more general tips to make sure your form is on point:
Also, consider straight-arm pulldowns 1-2 x 8-10, pausing at the peak contraction for a sec, right before your db rows to turn your brain onto "oh, okay, so these are lats.’ Nothing tough enough to fatigue them too much, just to get some activation.
My favourite rowing variation is dumbbell rows with one hand and knee on a bench. I mainly feel them in my arms when doing them.[/quote]
If you mainly feel them in your arms, what makes them your favorite row variation? Just wondering.