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FINIS Freestyler JR. Hand Paddles

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The FINIS™ Freestyler is the only hand paddle specifically designed for freestyle swimming. Utilizing a patented skeg technology, the Freestyler allows swimmers to properly position the hand at the beginning of the stroke. The patented skeg design will force the swimmer to maximize their extension and initiate the rotation at the beginning of the stroke.

• Hydrodynamic shape eliminates shoulder stress and promotes high elbows in the pull and recovery phases of the stroke
• Please note that each order will come with 2 paddles

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  • 3.5 star rating (Based on 11 Reviews)

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    By from
    on 3/2/2014

    Bought this product as a result of SwimSmooth recommendation.  Product does help with stroke entry and catch, but should only be used for a few laps, at least initially.  Swam 250 yards straight with them and the next day my shoulders were screaming.  I would only use the paddles initially for about 50 - 100 yards and build up from that point.

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    By from
    on 9/11/2012

    Didn't think much at first, but after swimming just four laps I took them off.  Consistent two strokes less per lap after that.  I thought I had small hands but now wonder if I should have gone with the full size.

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    By from
    on 3/29/2012

    I use these paddles to help my swim lesson clients learn to "cross over" less on their hand entry. The paddle swivels when it is pulled through the water at an angle because of the fin on the bottom, increasing the swimmer's awareness that he or she is not entering straight. A great tool! It is a bit tricky to get the tubing through the holes when you're putting the paddles together, so be patient and use pliers!

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    By from
    on 3/19/2012

    It was at first difficult to figure out how to fit the rubber tubing through the tiny holes in order to adjust the fitting. The instructions should have said to cut the tubing on an angle to fit through the little holes. That did the trick.  Because I have really small hands, these were better than the larger ones.  I can't remember whether the 2nd customer service suggested that or my swim coach.

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    By from
    on 1/6/2012
    Feels true to size

    Like the other reviewers, had a hard time with the rubber straps. I used a drill bit to make the holes bigger and that did the trick. Once I got used to them, I found they work great and with continued use my stroke will benefit. They also could use one size in between this one and the bigger one.. my hands were too small for the big ones and almost too big for these.

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    By from
    on 3/27/2011

    The product itself is great and it's helping with my muscle memory.  HOWEVER, getting the rubber band things through tiny holes was nearly impossible.  I broke the rubber band thing four time and it's still just barely hanging on.

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    By from
    on 3/15/2011

    Very difficult to insert rubber into holes.  I haven't been able to do it yet so I can't use the paddles.  Rubber keeps breaking; at least rubber is long enough, but I don't know why they don't come with rubber already inserted in holes.  Wish they would have given some instruction as to easy way to insert the rubber.  I know once that is done it will help my stoke.

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    By from
    on 7/26/2010

    I purchased this to correct my arm position.   It is not easy to get used to after using other form of paddles.   It is not for strength training like other paddles.  I know I will be a better swimmer after training with these paddles.

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    By from
    on 7/17/2010

    They were helpful to my boy swimming a more efficient freestyle.  He got a best time shortly after using these.

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    By from
    on 7/7/2010

    These paddles teach proper form and will develop muscle memory.  Muscle memory is very important when you get tired and your stroke breaks down.  Wear them for an entire workout (or two) and your stroke technique will improve very quickly.  They're designed very intelligently and they work.  Other people use paddles that develop shoulder strength. These paddles develop proper stroke and will increase your stroke efficiency.  I highly endorse these paddles for young swimmers.


FINIS is Latin for "The End" or "Finale", and it signifies in the name of this company both the developmental goals that swimmers have and the end that they strive to reach—the finish line. Founded in 1993, FINIS provides highly technical competition suits, training equipment, child water-safety products and high end goggles. Their very popular SwiMP3 water-proof digital media player is revolutionary in its streamlined design, enabling a swimmer to listen to music while practicing laps and other exercises in the pool.