The concave side of the paddle blade (power side) must be facing towards you.
The recommended distance between your hands when gripping the paddle is approximately the same as the distance between your elbows. To check whether your hands are properly positioned on the paddle shaft, hold your paddle in the air and bring your hands together to form a right angle with your elbows.
Have you noticed that the angles of the left and right blades are offset? This is normal: when one blade is in the water, the edge of the other cuts through the air to reduce resistance. You must therefore rotate the paddle slightly so that the blade in the water is facing you and providing propulsion. To do this, your right hand must grip the shaft and must not rotate during movement. You control the angle of the blade by rotating your right wrist. Your right-hand remains fixed and do not move on the shaft, which simply slides in your left hand.
If your paddle has symmetrical blades, there is no need to rotate your wrist.
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