I have seen used Tommy's centralized blade paddle, and I asked Bob Zaveral why the centralized blade is no longer available. He said he hadn't used that mold in over ten years, so Tommy's paddle is an old model no longer available.
I wouldn't paddle with any paddle that wobbles, and if it did so, I would certainly say so on this forum. My straight ZRE with an offset face does not wobble during real strokes. Because I have a symmetrical grip, I never even know what face I'm using as the power face. I report this as one who has used the paddle for hundreds of hours this season, including a six day solo trip through lakes and rivers of the Dacks.
Harold Deal uses this same paddle with an asymmetric grip as his primary flatwater straight, and there is no paddler I know who is more attuned to sophisticated water feel. I questioned him closely about wobble before I bought mine. He voiced no concerns about that issue after many years of use.
I only can create wobble if I loosen my top grip. When I do that, both faces of the ZRE will wobble, and the flush face will wobble very slightly more. All my paddles will wobble with a loose top hand and a hard pull.
That's my experience. I can't speak to anyone else's.
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