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Old 08-04-2013   #1
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paddle offset question

I'm looking at getting myself a new paddle, specifically either the Werner player or Werner twist in a small, bent shaft design. They aren't cheap! Looking around online, I have found 2011 models (that are new), in a 45 offset for around $250, (yes, in the bent shaft model even). Newer models with a 30 offset are 100-150$ more expensive, coming in closer to $400. I'm wondering if anyone has opinions or suggestions on whether the 45 degree vs the 30 degree offset makes that much of a difference to warrant spending the extra $? Because the extra $ I could save could go towards....more gear!

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Old 08-04-2013   #2
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The cost difference is not in the offset, but the upgrade to a carbon shaft that year, previously it was a bent nylon shaft.

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Old 08-04-2013   #3
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I think there's a big personal preference there. Most stores I know have their 45 degs on sale as most people tend to prefer the 30 deg.

The offset comes into play as you raise your top hand during a stroke. Naturally your wrist will rotate back slightly and the 30 deg seams to fit most folks best.
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Old 08-04-2013   #4
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I would keep looking go with a 30
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Old 08-04-2013   #5
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I have a straight shaft, 45, and never noticed any difficulties or uncomfort when paddling. I also tend to dig in with power strokes a lot and have very vertical strokes so that may make a slight difference compared to a different paddling style
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