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addwater
December 14th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Looking to experienced swimmers for recommendations on effective swim paddles for daily workouts. Trying to identify something that while effective for stroke development will not cause undue strain to shoulders -- but still gets the job done on promoting appropriate resistance. If you've got a solid/trusted recommendation please share. Thanks in advance for your professional advice.

hofffam
December 14th, 2010, 03:33 PM
I really like the TYR Mentor paddles. I switched from the TYR Catalyst paddles last year.

The Mentor paddles are not as stiff and unforgiving as the Catalyst. The Mentor paddles flex a bit in the hand, which feels more natural, and they have a raised center under the palm.

I suggest buying one size smaller than the brand recommends if you have any history of shoulder problems.

I used the red paddles - considered Medium by Tyr. I have fairly strong upper body strength and am 5'8 and 175 lbs.

Chris Stevenson
December 14th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Maybe this will help, if you haven't seen it:

http://www.youtube.com/USMastersSwimming#p/u/28/d3jY0_gqV_U

racinbugs
December 14th, 2010, 08:41 PM
I bought a pair of the Star paddles @ swimpaddles.com after reading all of the reviews in the Swimmer magazine and really like them. I think they have the reviews posted on swimpaddles .com's web sight. Got them really fast too!

jaadams1
December 14th, 2010, 08:49 PM
I use the TYR Catalyst paddles - red colored ones. I recently got them for my freestyle and I can really feel more power in the water. These are also the same ones I used in college when my coach brought some back from her coaching conference years ago.

addwater
December 15th, 2010, 07:50 PM
Maybe this will help, if you haven't seen it:

http://www.youtube.com/USMastersSwimming#p/u/28/d3jY0_gqV_U
thanks for the link -- I have not seen this. Ton of useful insight on the subject. Appreciate your forwarding it my way.

addwater
December 15th, 2010, 07:51 PM
I really like the TYR Mentor paddles. I switched from the TYR Catalyst paddles last year.

The Mentor paddles are not as stiff and unforgiving as the Catalyst. The Mentor paddles flex a bit in the hand, which feels more natural, and they have a raised center under the palm.

I suggest buying one size smaller than the brand recommends if you have any history of shoulder problems.

I used the red paddles - considered Medium by Tyr. I have fairly strong upper body strength and am 5'8 and 175 lbs.
Great information -- particularly appreciate your notes on how it performs for you and the sizing recommendation.

Ripple
December 16th, 2010, 06:20 AM
I have these ones:
http://turtleswim.com/
They work sort of the opposite to normal paddles in that they give you less grip on the water, not more. I really feel the difference when I take them off after a few laps, as I've been forced to use my whole forearm to grip the water while using them.
Sort of like swimming with closed fists - your hands feel bigger and more effective immediately after and they train you to keep your elbows up.

skipper
December 16th, 2010, 11:04 AM
I don't use swim paddles, pool bouys, or kick boards. But if your going to use paddles take it slow as you you can get a shoulder injury from them.


Enjoy the water
Skipper
:drowning:

fmracing
December 16th, 2010, 11:49 AM
experienced swimmers for recommendations on effective swim paddles

The most effective paddles are the ones you grew on the ends of your wrists :agree:

orca1946
December 16th, 2010, 12:54 PM
I find that I use smaller than recommended paddles to keep from injuring myself - who ever makes then.

evilwatersprite
December 20th, 2010, 05:58 PM
10+ -year-old black TYR Catalysts. Never had any shoulder issues with them and they've held up really well over the years.

Back in the day, mine were marked large, but I just bought a friend a pair of small yellow Catalyst Brites for Xmas and they're exactly the same size.

E=H2O
December 20th, 2010, 08:13 PM
Pox on all paddles.
:drowning:

bamueller
December 21st, 2010, 04:18 PM
+1 TYR Catalyst

I had two sets of TYR Mentor paddles, blue, and I broke the right hand paddle of both sets. I pushed off the wall and the paddle collapsed on itself and broke in half. This happened to me twice. I then switched to TYR Catalyst, grey (XL), and they are thicker, more solid. I prefer these over the Mentors. The XL's are big like trashcan lids.

orca1946
December 21st, 2010, 07:28 PM
So - those would be used in garbage sets ? ? :afraid:

tomtopo
December 21st, 2010, 09:58 PM
I'm an experienced swimmer and a coach who knows that effective equipment is important. The fact that I've invented a piece of equipment prevents me from plugging it but I can plug other paddles. The Hans Paddle isn't new but for the price, it does exactly what it's intended to do and that is to increase the area of the hand and allow swimmers to strengthen the pull. There are a lot of great paddles out there but you can't go wrong with the Han's paddles (our high school coach has a ton and the Han's paddles allow you to adapt them for different dry-land uses. Good luck! Coach T.