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Rightarmbad wrote: If you have a stroke that has is deeper, as in has a fair bit of vertical movement in the water, then you find longer skinnier paddles to be firm and shorter teardrop paddles loose.
The opposite for paddlers with a shallower but more sideways sweeping stroke in that a shorter broad blade will feel solid and a longer skinnier one will not lock up as well, especially in the catch.
Rightarmbad wrote: A paddle that goes deep also tends to be better if it has more twist so as to release the water at the end of the stroke.