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bjcarter
May 6th, 2011, 06:28 PM
I like to incorporate a pull set a couple times a week and I use the TYP Catalyst paddles regularly for freestyle pull. Unfortunately, I don't find them very practical for doing backstroke work. I find that them a little clunky in the water they slow my cadence rather significantly. Might someone recommend a paddle that might be built to better mimic a Backstroke pull? Thanks!

poolraat
May 6th, 2011, 06:32 PM
I like to incorporate a pull set a couple times a week and I use the TYP Catalyst paddles regularly for freestyle pull. Unfortunately, I don't find them very practical for doing backstroke work. I find that them a little clunky in the water they slow my cadence rather significantly. Might someone recommend a paddle that might be built to better mimic a Backstroke pull? Thanks!


I use these a lot for backstroke. They're about half the size of the Catalyst.

http://www.tyr.com/shop/catch®-paddle-p-559-c-68_69.html

quicksilver
May 6th, 2011, 06:46 PM
I like finger paddles (http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=3968) on backstroke. They reinforce a clean entry and I like having the palm and thumb free. (The more awareness in the hand, the better.)

Either way, using smaller paddles is beneficial in that you won't put too much stress on you shoulders. Some people use those big paddles that look like artist's palettes. Those can do some damage.

bjcarter
May 7th, 2011, 10:17 AM
I appreciate the insight. I'll give the both a try...

Amy T
May 7th, 2011, 01:22 PM
I often take the paddles that are different for each hand and switch them.

shahboz
May 7th, 2011, 02:04 PM
I like these:
http://www.swimpaddles.com/moon-paddles.htm

The mediums work out pretty well for me.

Not a big fan of the Catalysts for any stroke unless you size way down.

orca1946
May 9th, 2011, 02:31 PM
Smaller paddles work better for Back & Breast.

Popeye.Tom
May 9th, 2011, 04:34 PM
I like finger paddles (http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=3968) on backstroke. They reinforce a clean entry and I like having the palm and thumb free. (The more awareness in the hand, the better.)

Thanks for the link! I had to go check 'cause I couldn't help but think of the thread about women and men competing with 1/2" false fingernails in races > "Finger Paddles" I was almost expecting to see a diy beauty kit! :D

PT

Editor
May 9th, 2011, 05:05 PM
We tested paddles last year in the May-June issue of SWIMMER, with a companion video (http://www.youtube.com/USMastersSwimming#p/u/36/d3jY0_gqV_U) released on our YouTube site. A lot of our testers who are backstrokers preferred the curved paddles for backstroke (most testers did not like them for anything else, though).

Back issues (http://www.usmsswimmer.com/BackIssue_Form.pdf) are available if you would like to see the entire review.

quicksilver
May 9th, 2011, 07:08 PM
Thanks for the link! I had to go check 'cause I couldn't help but think of the thread about women and men competing with 1/2" false fingernails in races > "Finger Paddles" I was almost expecting to see a diy beauty kit! :D

PT

You're welcome Tom. Recently the age group coach at our pool bought a few. He's finding them to be a good training tool for keeping his kids connected to the water while they paddle. And again, they're great for developing a clean entry and consistent pull pattern.


Laura, I found your paddle review video (http://www.youtube.com/USMastersSwimming#p/u/28/d3jY0_gqV_U) in the on-line archives. No finger paddles though. :)

Atlantic
May 10th, 2011, 11:04 AM
I like finger paddles (http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=3968) on backstroke. They reinforce a clean entry and I like having the palm and thumb free. (The more awareness in the hand, the better.)

Either way, using smaller paddles is beneficial in that you won't put too much stress on you shoulders. Some people use those big paddles that look like artist's palettes. Those can do some damage.

Never thought about using finger paddles for backstroke - awesome advice! I am going to try that!

I am a backstroker and I would really like to do a pull set with my Strokemakers - but it always feels awkward and puts a not-so-good pressure on my shoulders.


Thanks so much - you made my day! :bliss:

Editor
May 12th, 2011, 10:50 AM
Hey Quicksilver-- you are correct, the finger paddles and anti-paddles were actually reviewed in a subsequent Swim Bag, in the Nov-Dec 2010 issue. We used that issue to review all the products that we could not fit in the earlier 2010 issues.

Unfortunately, we did not have a companion video for Nov-Dec. We actually did shoot some footage with these items, but the video didn't get finished. The day of shooting was really cold and we were all freezing, so the clips have a lot of teeth chattering and shivering. It has been on my list to dig it up and see if we can throw something together. I'll post here if that happens.

Thanks for the interest!

Competitiveswimmer
November 8th, 2012, 03:48 AM
I designed Backstroke Paddles. You can see them underwater here:
Backstroke Swim Paddles - YouTube

And get them at Tropicalpenguin.com or competitiveswimmer.com. I love them. They flex (made of ultralight aluminum) and are thin enough to allow me to rotate my arm and snap through the stroke. I've invented five other paddles too and quite a few other things. I don't make swim suits -- just equipment to make people faster and healthier. I look forward to your opinions and ideas.

Steve