ian johnston wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:12 am
Mac50L wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:58 pm
Poor paddling technique (probably)?
Regardless of the pros and cons of GP versus Euro (yawn), that is an incredibly arrogant statement......
It is arrogant, but that doesn't make it wrong, although there are perspectives to consider.
After 25+ years of paddling I am just now working on learning to paddle with what a perfectionist would call good technique, very few of the people I have paddled recreationally with over the years have used such a technique. Therefore I reckon an unknown paddler is more than 50% likely to have 'poor' technique by a perfectionists definition, so (probably) is not all that unreasonable a qualifier, especially since it acknowedges that it might not be the reason.
But is GP technique and the perfectionists proper technique the same? Both use a greater degree of trunk rotation than recreational paddlers normally tend to use, in that element they are quite similar, but, and I haven't really used GPs so I'm going by descriptions I've read, GPs tend to be held at a much lower angle than 'euro' paddles or wings which must make a significant difference in the all important catch phase of the stroke?
I actually wonder if someone with good (we assume perfection is not quite attainable) high angle technique using wing or 'euro' paddles, who clearly has the rotational capacity required for GPs, would actually be able to get on with them, or whether the difference in feel from the low angle catch would be incredibly offputting and lead to a perspective that the paddles don't really work...
The truth is, as already pointed out and repeated in the thread, that everyone develops a slightly different paddling style with different deviations from the theoretical perfect stroke for any number of different reasons, and actually what a perfectionist may consider as 'poor' technique, is optimum for someone else, and that what the perfectionist considers good for them, is simply not achievable by a large number of paddlers, particularly as most of us do not have the time to spend working on really drilling their stroke to perfection, and others lack the flexibility to paddle the perfectionists way.