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Old 05-05-2016
CoachBobM CoachBobM is offline
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In addition to what IngeA said, I'll add the following:

When you practice with something like webbed gloves or hand paddles that make your hands seem bigger, it will feel like you're stroking with sticks when you take them off. But when you practice with fistgloves, it will feel like you're stroking with paddles when you take them off.

The theory behind making your hands seem bigger is that you will get more resistance from the water and this will help you to build your arm muscles (akin to making stroking movements using a weight machine). The problem many of us have with this is that, at the same time, you're practicing and engraining an armstroke that depends on being able to grip the water better than you will be able to do when you're swimming in a race.

Fistgloves, on the other hand, train you to grip the water using your forearms, so that when you're racing, you will be gripping the water with both your forearms and your hands, thereby enabling you to more effectively hold onto the water.

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