Hands 'clamping' on paddle

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Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

Post by Ceegee »

Mac50L wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:06 am
The upper hand with wide spread fingers, pushing with the base of the fingers won't cramp.
Yes, the hand needs to act like a cleft stick or "Y" on the shaft, the fingers curled just enough to stop it slipping free, and ideally the force should be on the web between thumb and fingers, with the back of the hand parallel to the forearm (i.e. straight wrist, like punching a punchbag) because if you push with the palm, like a "hi five" you have to cock the wrist back 90°, which is the perfect way to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

Post by ChrisJK »

This is all very educative but is the Op following and possibly to little avail if the problem is with the son's musculular skeletal structure.
Seeing has the OP posted in sea kayaking one assumes that's the principal type of paddling..
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Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

Post by mrcharly »

Mac50L wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:21 pm
If you are paddling a wing blade and punch forward, your paddle will become face-up early in the stroke, which leads to instability.
Errrr? Face up means you are twisting the shaft to rotate the blade. How come punching forward leads to shaft rotation?

A GP and a Wing do have a bit of difference. The Wing tends to set its angle of attack to the water by itself. The GP needs the angle of attack set by the paddler, often called the cant angle. This is so the outward (small but part of the grip-on-the-water) movement has the correct lift. Lift in this case is in the direction the kayak is moving.
Drive face up.

If you are paddling a wing blade properly, the top arm stays very slightly bent. Bottom arm doesn't every start to bend until the very end of the stroke, the wing sweeps out in a shallow J shape (on the left, mirrored on the right).
If you push forward with the top arm, the top blade goes forward of the bottom blade and now the drive face is upwards.
If you don't push forward with the top arm (maintain the locked frame), the driving blade starts to exit before the top blade goes forward.

I'm just repeating Ivan's teachings. Maybe you should query it with him, he's very amenable to discussion.

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