Palm Paddle


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£22.00 (plus £4.00 post and package)

The Palm Paddle has been designed specifically to develop a good front crawl stroke and lets the swimmer know if that the hand movement is maintainin the correct path during the whole stroke.

The unique design encourages the ‘early vertical forearm’ (EVF) – replicating the “fist drill” – but retains the swim-specific positioning of the hand throughout the stroke cycle.

Leanda with her Palm Paddles
Leanda with her Palm Paddles

Leanda Cave, IM70.3 and IM World Champion has a pair of Palm Paddles as part of her swim kit for technique sessions

Due to the shape, the Palm Paddle promotes a greater feel for the water – on both the hand and forearm – post Palm Paddle training.

The Palm Paddle is extremely user friendly and is quick and easy to attach to your hands and is suitable for all swimmers, as the design reduces bias against anatomical size differences it can be used throughout your swimming career and is not specific to gender or ability level, withstanding the test of time in your kitbag.

In addition, the Palm Paddle reduces the load on the shoulder (unlike traditional paddles) so is an excellent aid to continued swimming during recovery.

The Palm Paddle is suitable for swimmers of all abilities and size.

4.40 out of 5

5 reviews for Palm Paddle

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Paul Newsome on October 11, 2012 :

    I love using the Palm Paddle with my swimmers. It comes in especially useful when I’m introducing the concept of an efficient catch and feel for the water, which is ordinarily one of the most elusive aspects of the freestyle stroke. I can highly recommend the ergonomic fit, feel and application of this paddle.
    November 2011

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rating by Andrew N on May 2, 2013 :

    Simple to get the hang of

    The palm paddles arrived when expected and are easy to use and pretty simple to get the hang of (assuming I am using them correctly!).

    You immediately get feedback if the stroke is incorrect (the paddle moves in your palm) and, unlike swim with a fist, the stroke remains efficient.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rating by Ben on May 12, 2013 :

    Unlike any other training aid…..

    Designed to replace such drills as the ‘fist drill’ and improve the all important catch, the Palm Paddle (or Palm Pebble as everyone poolside kept wanting to call them) fits perfectly in the hand, and being hollow and positively buoyant stays just where it needs to be.

    To begin with I swam at a tempo pace and waited to see what would happen. I knew my catch wasn’t ideal, and my swim far from perfect but the feedback from the paddles was instant. Straight away I felt my left paddle slip to the side, and I knew on the next stroke I had to rotate my palm to compensate.

    To fully appreciate the effects, I slowed the whole process down somewhat and just performed some pulling laps and after removing them I felt more in control. It’s too early to start talking about lap time improvements, but I’m almost certain they will come…..

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rating by Kyle on August 22, 2014 :

    Great training aid for developing the ‘catch’ phase of your swim stroke and pull through the water.

    I use the palm paddle two times a week during my easier sessions where I focus on technique. For me, it immediately highlights the dead spots in my stroke and I can quickly rectify it using the Palm Paddles.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Fenella Ng – Asian Games medallist in Swimming and Rowing, and coach on July 13, 2015 :

    Palm Paddles assist swimmers in finding a good catch by reducing the effective resistance normally felt on the palms. They encourage the swimmers to actively seek out and engage the whole forearm throughout the propulsive process, making the whole stroke all the more efficient throughout. Very sleek, light weight and well designed, the Palm Paddles are absolute gems, especially those who struggle with finding that elusive early catch.
    Fenella Ng – Asian Games medallist in Swimming and Rowing, and coach.

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  • The Palm Paddle applies an indirect method by tricking the brain into a greater feel for the water (associated with enhanced proprioception post Palm Paddle training), while also reducing shoulder injury risk

    Glenn Shepherd – Performance Director at Swim with Science
  • For triathletes who do not come from a swimming background (the vast majority), we really like how the paddles emphasize an early catch. We feel like the Palm Paddles do a good job of encouraging an early pulling motion at the top of the stroke, a place where many swimmers are tempted to push down instead of pulling back

    TriBomb – US Triathlon Gear Review ‘magazine’
  • The ergonomic design of the Palm Paddle aims to naturally encourage you to maintain correct hand position throughout each stroke. .. their size and smart design will make them a welcome addition to any triathlete’s kitbag

    Triathletes World
  • They (the Palm Paddle) are very sleek, small and simple in design and a really deceptive piece of swimming device! The Palm Paddles help to correct and improve the hand entry and angle when entering the water and then when performing the underwater catch

    Natalie Bernard – Elite GB Triathlete/Duathlete and Coach
  • A paddle that forces the swimmer to make the correct hand movement throughout the whole stroke…. After swimming with the paddles we found we had a better feel for the water

    Triathlete Europe
  • Although strange to use at first, the palm paddles helped me develop a better feel of the water and an improvement in my swim technique. They help to develop a more effective catch position, pull and drive through the water, not just from the hand but with the whole arm throughout the whole stroke cycle. They give you great proprioceptive feedback making you feel the intricacies of the stroke. The palm paddles also eliminate your ability to ‘muscle’ it through the stroke, so the only way to swim quicker with them is with better technique! I can feel the difference when I use them

    Rebecca Romero – Olympic medallist in Rowing and Cycling, turned triathlete