A Gift of Speed for Christmas; The Science of Paddling Faster

Everyone dreads getting caught inside. "Open your fingers!" " I can't make it!" This subject was covered in an earlier post. Olympic swimmers spread their fingers for more power. Science/Physics Water is cohesive, it sticks to itself. Water molecules bond together when a speeding object moves through it. Inter molecular hydrogen bonding, creates hydrodynamic resistance. When a hand moves rapidly through water, it generates wave making resistance. A tiny wave is created, which gives power to a stroke. When the paddler opens his fingers, he creates more resistance similar to a larger paddle. The stroke with fingers open, will pull more water in the form a larger hand made wave. The sur

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