In a recent post, "Home and School Paddling", I used a picture that had a paddle with holes in it. The paddle had a few comments.
I'm a warm up girl, both giving and receiving. That looks like quite a paddling, too. You need to be careful with Spencer paddles, while they do the job they can also blister. - Aunty Andrea
I've heard of Spencer paddles but luckily never had the pleasure of one. – Ronnie
I am a warm up guy....ouch, the paddling's are hard and fast for me. Nice post and hate the Spencer paddle, too serious for my tastes but it does leave an impact. – Ron
Here is our take on paddles with holes in them, Spencer paddles to some. They are no more and no less than a like wood paddle that does not have holes. There are many variables in how a paddle feels, and it is not limited to the paddle itself, but also to how it is applied. If a wood paddle is used like club, it is going to feel like a club. There is a right way to do it. Stop by and I will be pleased to demonstrate until you fully understand.
As for the paddle itself, there are many variables, such as density of the wood, length and width, thickness and so on. I have made many paddles and I never know for sure how it is going to feel until I test it. My product tester has always been Bacall. We both like sting over thud, so our paddles are made from low density woods, such as southern pine or birch. If a paddle tests OK, I may take the time to drill holes in it – just for show. Bacall’s personal fav paddle has holes.
If the paddle will be used on the bare skin, I suggest counter sinking the holes so skin does not get pinched. That would not be a good thing. The paddle below does have the holes countersunk. I would have made them a little wider.
I like this woman, she looks like she can make a bottom smart, but she does not have a good grip on the paddle.