Strokemaker Hand Paddles, these are the original stroke technique paddles. Designed to improve technique and increase strength in the swimming specific muscles while reducing the pressure on the shoulders, these are the paddles used by the majority of the top swimmers in the world.
Strokemaker Swimming Hand Paddles Sizing Guidelines
Strokemakers were designed to be “oversized,” building strength and helping correct stroke faults.The hand should fit completely on the paddle with the thumb and first finger near the edge and the pinky should have some space on the outside edge. The hand being slightly offset allows for fully finishing the stroke and the outer edge water foil builds strength without putting pressure on the joints Age and experience are two factors listed, but hand size in relation to the paddle is the primary way to determine the correct size. Most swimmers drop down 1 to 2 sizes from their freestyle size for fly/back/breast as well as during taper. Going up a size or two for drills is also very beneficial to emphasize proper technique and to work on maximum distance per stroke. The sizing suggestions listed can also help with choosing a size.
Size 0.5 – Blue:
For 8-11 year old age-groupers, female masters, synchro, and all ages finger tip paddles or higher tempo drills.Everything you love about the original, in new colors and material. Flexible, buoyant and now more resilient.
Size 1 – Azure Blue/Navy&Red :
For 9-13 year old age-groupers, high school girls and stroke swimmers, female masters and triathletes, synchro, water aerobics/rehab and high tempo drills. Everything you love about the original, in new colors and material. Flexible, buoyant and now more resilient.
Size 2 – Yellow/Blue:
For older age-groupers, younger high school boys, older high school girls (freestyle), college men (strokes)/women(free), masters, triatheletes, synchro and water aerobics/rehab. Everything you love about the original, in new colors and material. Flexible, buoyant and now more resilient.
Size 3 – Red:
For senior national level girls, older high school boys, strong college women (free), college men (free/stroke), male masters/triathletes, synchro, water aerobics/rehab and body surfing. Everything you love about the original, in new colors and material. Flexible, buoyant and now more resilient.
Strokemakers™ Assembly Instructions and Care Guide
WHY Strokemaker Hand Paddles?
Strokemakers will improve your swimming by:
- increasing distance per stroke by preventing early recovery
- improving feel for the water (flow through design prevents “dead hand” feel)
- exaggerating both correct and incorrect hand motions, helping swimmers and coaches identify and correct stroke faults
How To Assemble Your Strokemaker Hand Paddles
- You’re new Strokemakers come with tubing that can be cut into 2 wrist and 2 finger tubes with scissors.
- To cut two wrist and two finger tubes from each piece of tubing, simply fold each piece in thirds and cut on a diagonal to make pointy ends that easily slide into the holes.
- Then cut one of the resulting 3 pieces in half, also on the diagonal.
- Trim uncut ends into points as well.
- You should have 4 pieces of tubing from each color.
- Place your hand on the paddle (R is for right hand, L is for left) with thumb and index finger close to the edge (see diagram) and thread the tubing through the holes over the wrist and middle finger, and back through the hole on the other side to hold the hand in this position.
- Adjust for comfort.
Additional Assembly Info
- You can trim the ends that hang through the back side, but leave at least an inch or they will fall out.
- You shouldn’t need to tie knots—the holes will pinch and hold the tube in place which also allows you to adjust the tubing as needed when training.
- They may also come with star stickers for customizing on the front and back!
- Apply the stickers to clean dry paddles and try not to touch the back of the sticker too much while applying—they will stay on in the water!
- Try using the paper backing to roll the sticker onto the paddle without touching the back of the sticker.
- Strokemakers are designed to improve technique first and foremost and to use both a wrist and finger tube. PLEASE DO NOT ELIMINATE THE WRIST TUBE!
- The paddles are designed so that your hand remains open and relaxed and the tubing keeps your hand in position on the paddle.
- Removing the wrist tube causes the hand to cup in an attempt to “hang on” to the paddle during some phases of the pull in various strokes as well as causing the hand to shift position which changes the shape of the paddle in relation to the hand.
Using Your Strokemakers
Strokemakers are also great for Synchronized swimmers, water aerobics and rehabilitation exercises as they increase strength and sculling skills.