Academic rigor is important. Creativity inspires outlying innovation. And the scientific method validates an experience as replicable to a wider audience. But eventually, we have to try out the best swimming gear to learn how it fits our unique needs. Then coaching builds upon the initial idea and it sticks to the best swim paddles to get the job done.

Hand Paddle Size to Create Flow

A study of larger hand paddles decreased metabolic cost of transport (COT), cadence, VO2, and HR and increased distance traveled per stroke (all p < 0.001). However, the magnitude of the change of COT decreased as paddle size increased, indicating diminishing marginal return with increasing paddle surface area.

The largest swimming paddles increased COT per stroke compared with swimming without paddles. Therefore, results from this study suggest that an optimal best hand paddle size exists for proficient, adult swimmers, which reduces COT without increasing COT per stroke.

Training Form for the Back half of 100 with Swim Paddles

The key to a great finishing kick is to set a great rhythm to the first 40 seconds of a race and maintain distance per cycle when fatigue shrouds the mind. A novel approach was seen when nine elite swimmers completed three tests of 100 m without paddles, with small paddles and with large paddles.

Average swimming speed, stroke rate, and stroke length were recorded. Results showed that stroke length increased significantly when wearing hand paddles during both the first and second 50m. But the increase in swimming speed occurred only in the second 50 m (p < 0.05). And stroke rate showed a slight downward trend as paddle size grew.

Training Force with Swim Paddles Physiological at maximal

The results revealed lower stroke length, greater stroke number and gliding length without the use of swimming paddles at both intensities. Blood lactate concentration (10.03±2.96 vs. 5.85±2.23 mmol/l) and Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) were greater without the use of swimming paddles only at 100% of maximum speed.

Thus, swimming backstroke with paddles compared to unaided swimming, at a similar speed, showed a greater efficiency at maximal but not at sub-maximal intensity.

Finding Feel for the Water

The aim of this paper is to determine the hydrodynamic characteristics of the swimmer’s scanned hand models for various combinations of both the angle of attack and the sweepback angle and shape and velocity of the swimmer’s hand, simulating separate underwater arm stroke phases of freestyle (front crawl) swimming. This would ideally create a personalized approach to training with the best swim paddle for you.