This HAS been helpful. I will take a look at where the connection will fall relating to 'hand placement'if I cut from 1 side. I hadn't gotten that far in thinking this through yet.
I also may check cost via AquaBound to have it done 'properly'.
I really DO like this paddle but was not picky enough about it's specs when I grabbed it.
I will also reconsider shortening it, perhaps testing THAT out early this season. Anyway, I now see more options. Thanks, again to all.