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  True, however...
  Posted by: Bnystrom on Apr-07-13 5:14 PM (EST)
 

... having a dominant hand and being stronger on one side than the other does not mean that one is going to use a control hand on a kayak paddle. It's really all about the grip, or more precisely, the lack of a grip. It's pretty simple:

On the pull stroke the fingers hook the shaft/loom of the paddle and the thumb wraps around enough to capture it, but there is no gripping involved. The only tension in the hand is in the fingers hooking the paddle and pulling it rearward.

On the push stroke, the web between the thumb and forefinger and/or the pads at the base of the finger push the paddle forward. This naturally causes the thumb and fingers to wrap around the paddle, but the hand is relaxed and again, there is no gripping involved.

This technique works well for most paddling, with the exception of maneuvering/sculling/bracing strokes which do require a grip on the paddle.

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