George S. Ledyard
If you look at this still shot of Saito Sensei (halfway down the page) his back is much straighter and his head is up, making his back much stronger.
I see your point. I'll keep that in mind the next time we try it. There is definitely a big difference now that it's been pointed out.
When practicing I did straighten up one time, and the UKE was about 6 feet off the ground. I think it scared him, and me, so I went back to stooping over. But, now that it's been pointed out and I look at Saito-sensei, it appears that was the correct way. I felt a lot stronger too being more straight. Plus it probably would allow the UKE more time to get his feet rotated under him.
Thanks everybody for your time and input!