Stroke Theory | RivrStyx by Jim Snyder
Trik Style | RivrStyx by Jim Snyder
I'm not saying all of this is right, but a flat bladed paddle is soft at the beginning of the stroke thus acting sort of as a shock absorber. At least the above writings may be food for thought.
Think of blade size as the gears in a car. The larger the blade, the slower the stroke rate for a given speed. So, with smaller blades, you get more strokes in for each move. This is more opportunities to make corrections and finesse. With a big blade, you plant it and hold on like it's a post in the ground. Both types have their place and different strokes are for different folks. Paddle length also can add to the power and lower the stroke rate if you get a longer paddle.
So, I'd say with the werners, get a paddle of moderate length for your height and one with a smaller blade size.
Since I've had a few shoulder surgeries, I have stuck with a wooden flat bladed paddle that is soft in the water. I could probably be a better kayaker with a powerhouse, but maybe at the expense of hurting myself. I'm always crossing my fingers that I don't do the shoulder thing again. Wish me luck! These are my thoughts. Take care. jim