Last week at the ASCA World Clinic, there were a lot of great new products, and one of our favorites was the new FINIS Agility Paddle.
Why Use It:
As a long-time believer in "strapless paddles," it was nice to see someone take the design to the next step, rather than just ripping the straps off a set of paddles.
How to Use Them:
1. To use them… put them on (the thumb goes through the only hole on the paddle). Then take off.
2. Having only a small place to connect to the paddle means you’re going to have to have contact with the paddle at all points of your pull.
3. A very light press with the thumb is all that’s needed during the recovery, and actually a feeling of losing the paddle slightly keeps your hands soft through the recovery and into the catch.
How to Use Them Really Well (the Fine Points):
They’re not just for freestyle, but for all strokes. The paddles are even small enough for butterfly, and are so simple to put on that they’ll be a great addition to your team’s swim bag. There’s no fiddling with straps…no lost time between intervals or sets.