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Some people use the term hiking pole, while others use trekking poles. Either one is correct, just as long as you know how to use them effectively. If you don't, you won't really see a lot of benefit when you hike.
So, how do you use your trekking poles? If you're on flat ground, the technique for two poles is quite similar to using cross-country ski poles. Let your poles swing with your arms in a natural walking rhythm.
Plant your pole opposite to the same-side leg. That may seem awkward at first, but once you use your hiking poles, you'll see how it makes much more sense to plant opposite, just as your arm swings opposite of your leg when you walk.