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3.5 star rating (10 Reviews)

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  • 3/7/2010 Great teaching tool

    5 Review stars By Jacob S.

    I was skeptical at first but gave in and bought these for my college team. A great mix between a regular paddle and the forearm fulcrum. You can definitely see the difference when the athletes wear these and I am excited to experiment with them more. They HAVE to have their hands in the right position to pull as the device does not let you bend your wrist. Very much like the forearm fulcrum but easier to use and of course the paddle is nice for training as well. The Bolster is very good at teaching the "kayak paddle" or "meathook" freestyle that is so important for 50/100 speed development. I haven't tried them with the athletes on the power tower yet but i think that will work quite well with a lower weight. I don't know if these should ever take the place of regular paddles but I see no reason why these wouldn't be awesome for pulling sets or general aerobic swimming. Not sure you could sprint well with them but again for aerobic swimming it can really help save the technique, especially for the 50/100 types who can't afford to be laying out flat on that hand.

    Jacob S.
    Lynchburg, VA


  • 3/25/2014 interesting concept

    4 Review stars By Susan R.

    I like the idea, and it does work...HOWEVER, it is only one size, and for some is too big, and for others is too small. At 6" tall, it's too small for me. For my 5-8 year old swimmers, it's too big. For my 10-12 year old swimmers is just right, and would probably be good for smaller adults.

    Susan R.


  • 1/30/2017 Better stroke assured!!

    5 Review stars By CMR

    Those paddles are easy to strap on your arms and they do correct the movement of the arm very quickly.

    The only thing I struggled with is the rubber piece that needs to be inserted in the wide part of the paddle, as it kept breaking when I tried to insert it. The manufacturer should include an extra piece.

    Livermore, CA


  • 1/14/2009 really changed my workout

    4 Review stars By tdelborne

    These paddles really added a strength building component to my swim workout that was missing. They are great at improving form, as they make you quite aware of the angle at which your hand enters the water. I haven't quite figured out the little black strap that is supposed to hold the paddle to your fingers. It falls out. It is possible that I am attaching it improperly, but I still feel that the paddle does what it is supposed to do and is a high quality product.

    golden, CO


  • 7/6/2017 Rubber hoses were not installed; took intense effort to pull them through

    1 Review stars By Michael Z.

    The factory in China forgot to put the rubber hoses in the holes. Installed them myself, but it was a huge struggle that took nearly an hour. Tried pliers to pull them through, but that shredded the rubber. Ended up cutting the tips with a scissors to a much steeper angle, and then pulled and pulled and pulled and pulled. My finger is blistered, and my wrist and shoulder are sore, though I am a strong adult male. Tried using soap as a lubricant, but it did not work. Spit helped a little bit as a lubricant. Even if they work great in the pool, this manufacturing lapse drops the grade to a single star.

    Michael Z.


  • 5/7/2014 wouldn't buy

    2 Review stars By love2swim

    didn't work as expected. I have big arms and the straps didn't fit around. Fix was to take one side out of the slot. It also didn't help with my freestyle. The paddles straps around my fingers/hands are didn't hold well it would get loose.

    Fremont, CA


  • 12/8/2012 They are ok not great

    3 Review stars By A.Amin

    These paddles are ok but not great, they will not enhance your stroke technique any more than a regular simple speedo paddles will do. I bought them because I have a tiny and weak wrist, and it did help support my wrist but found it hard to do flip turns, maybe that will improve as I get more use to the paddle. I'm a 57 years old Olympian back in the day, i swim 3 miles almost every day and have every paddles you can think of and still like the simple rectangular speedo paddles, they will do the job.

    Libertyville, Illinois


  • 6/24/2012 worth the money

    5 Review stars By Holly H.

    They are a great training tool to help straighten out the wrist. Also purchased the fulcrum paddles. Her coach uses them both for different exercises.

    Holly H.
    Peoria, AZ


  • 3/27/2012 Great teaching tool

    5 Review stars By Ally

    I have used them and I can feel the difference in my pull. I have also had my master's swimmers use them. Many of them are also benefitting from the wrist part.



  • 3/18/2009 Finis Bolster Paddle

    3 Review stars By Coach C.

    Generally use as supported hand paddle that keeps wrist in place. Upon purchasing I thought it might do a better job of helping keep elbow up.

    Coach C.
    Green Bay, WI


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