Well, I went out today and bought a Shovelglove. And it is now officially a Shovelglove, because rather than wrapping an old sweater around the hammer like some Nazi purist, I covered it with 2 square feet of carpet padding and duct tape.
I was hoping for a 12 pound hammer, but was faced with a choice of 8, 10, or 16 lbs. I erred for a 10 pounder, because a) I’m not concerned with strength, more cardio and endurance; and b) this way hopefully other people (ie, my wife) can use it too.
Looking forward to getting onto the Shovelglove routine.