View Full Version : Karate Chop Hand Entry

clyde hedlund
August 6th, 2003, 03:47 PM
Lately, I've heard that the karate chop (thumb above) hand entry is now the preferred method over the thumb below method? Utilizing this method, I seem to get more torso rotation in the stroke. Anyone using this entry please confirm?

Kevin in MD
August 6th, 2003, 04:17 PM
The main purpose of the pinky first entry is to save your shoulder from injury. Externally rotating your hand when your arm is overhead is generally bad news.

What it might do to one's rotation I can't say. I use a flat entry.

August 13th, 2003, 08:30 PM
My triathlete friend just stopped using the thumb first technique few weeks ago, and her chronic shoulder pain went away!
She says it must be because she went from thumb first to flat hand entry.

We tried some stroke drills to feel the difference between the thumb first and flat antry, thiumb first produces mpore stress on the shoulder, especially if you happen to under rotate your body. Than you really need to tweak your shoulders and arm to get in thumb first.

Well, that's our 2c worth of unscientific observations.