I have a few questions about refining my forward stroke. I have watched the Brent Reitz video and read and watched a little bit from Greg Barton. I think that I have a pretty good forward stroke, but have some questions about some things that are giving me problems.
- Like another post here on the board I am wondering about what the proper cadence is for efficient paddling. At one end of the spectrum you can achieve a fast cadence but not putting a lot of power into each individual stroke. On the other end of the spectrum you can really “dig in” on each stroke, but at a slow cadence.
- I can paddle with no splash or turbulence upon placing the blade in the water, and upon exiting from the water, but sometimes I will notice that after exiting from the water the paddle will create a small “whirlpool” behind where the paddle exited. What does this mean? I would think that it is a sign of some sort of inefficiency in my stroke.
- Lastly, I find that I sometimes feel that I am not achieving a good catch on my right blade. I feel like my blade may be canted in the water and not perpendicular to it, making it feel like the paddle is slicing through the water, rather than achieving maximum catch. I have experimented with different feathering. I am left handed but use a right feather or none at all. I only use slight feathering on my adjustable paddle–either 15 or 30 degrees. I often paddle unfeathered which may be most comfortable to me. I always still feel like I have problems with getting a good catch on my right side. I have also tried left feathering on my paddle, but find it very awkward.
Any assistance or advice would be greatly appreciated.