Alleviating wrist issues is the main benefit of the bent shaft. It does also help ease pressure on the elbows and sometimes will have a small positive influence on the shoulders. Finding your paddle grip when discumbobulated is also a major plus. Personally, I like the feel of a bent shaft better. I have also heard that using a bent shaft will proactively help fend off wrist and elbow problems. How/why are you losing paddles so often? I have never had that problem. Good luck.
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