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Old 01-29-2010
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Default Antipaddle by StrokeMAX

After trying the fist drill, I decided to order the Antipaddle by StrokeMAX. (It won't be a problem unless I tell my wife. haha) I will report my experience with them here and I'm interested in other peoples experiences with this or similar products such as the PT Paddles.

I chose the Antipaddles because water can be added to them to reduce buoyancy. Also, it seems that they would attach to the hand more securely than the PT Paddles. I ordered the large size since the small size is designed for children or petite adults. (I usually buy things that are too big for me, so we'll see.)

Honestly, I thought about how to attach a toy boat or a tennis ball to my hand first.

Antipaddles: http://www.strokemax.com/product.html

PT Paddles: http://www.finisinc.com/P-105044/Pt-Paddles.aspx
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http://www.totalimmersion.net/forum/...ghlight=turtle

Turtles have been discussed previously.
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http://www.totalimmersion.net/forum/...ghlight=turtle

Turtles have been discussed previously.
Ah, right. That was in comparison with fistgloves.

I don't recall anyone mentioning the buoyancy of Turtles or PT Paddles. That's one of my concerns. If you want to take pressure off the hand, but the paddles float, wouldn't that require hand pressure to push them down into the catch? Also, in pictures and videos, it seem that the leading hand is being pulled up to the surface too much.

I did see that someone said that the Turtles are heavy. I wonder what the Antipaddles will be like filled with water! It would be nice to have them close to neutral buoyancy I would think. Maybe a little bit floaty. Water weights.
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Old 02-02-2010
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Hmm...I wonder how I would do an open turn with boats on my hands.
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Old 02-07-2010
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Received the Antipaddles. They are surprisingly heavy. They seem to be longer than PT Paddles, but not as bulbous. I don't like them because the straps I figured would hold them on securely also make them cumbersome to put on and take off. I might exchange them for PT Paddles or just return them and do fist drills.

Anyone want to trade? hehe
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Old 02-08-2010
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Default Antipaddle Strap Mod

I modded the straps on the Antipaddles to be similar to the straps on the PT Paddles. (See attached photo.)

The mod, while not ideal, makes it easier to put on and take off the paddles. I just connected the two separate straps with a piece of heat shrink tubing I had in a tool box and knotted the ends. I'm just wondering how the heat shrink tubing will handle the chlorine and if it's safe to have against my skin.
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Old 02-17-2010
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Looks to me like the StrokeMAX Antipaddle is "heavily inspired" by the Hungarian Turtle paddle. The boat shape of the external surface and the strap system are remarkably similar. The palm surface on StrokeMAX looks more ergonomic.

See for yourself:
http://turtleswim.com/
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Looks to me like the StrokeMAX Antipaddle is "heavily inspired" by the Hungarian Turtle paddle. The boat shape of the external surface and the strap system are remarkably similar. The palm surface on StrokeMAX looks more ergonomic.

See for yourself:
http://turtleswim.com/
Yes, it seems so. The Antipaddle still makes my hand flat.

I wish the paddles were a little smaller. Maybe I should have gotten the smaller version for kids and petite people, though I have relatively large hands.

It really doesn't feel like I lose much traction with the paddles on when doing the crawl. It does feel like my entry is smoother because the paddles hit the water first. However, when I did a little backstroke, it felt like I'd lost most of my traction. I'm curious about what the difference in technique is.

I find that the floatiness doesn't bother me. At first I filled them with water, but now I just use the floatiness to encourage a higher clock position and to heighten my awareness of my hands in general.
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The Turtles are designed to have neutral buoyancy, which means they stay close to the surface if you drop them at the deep end, but won't drop like a stone straight to the bottom.
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Old 04-17-2010
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Default Something else

Lately I've been using tennis balls. If I tried to make a fist without the fist gloves my hands were tight and tired after a short bit. Fist gloves were just too hard to get on and off. I read somewhere about the tennis balls and thought I'd give them a chance. They work well for me. I can still keep my hands fairly relaxed even holding the balls. If you go to a big pet store they have tennis balls in different sizes.
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