What is the best way to tape a stick?

HFNHL Canadiens
12-17-2004, 05:08 PM
I am curious to know how people tape there sticks. How do you tape your stick and why? Please include do you use black tape or white tape.

Accord
12-17-2004, 05:23 PM
Black tape, heel to toe. Once it's taped up, I take Easton stick wax and spread it across the entire back and front of the taped sections of the blade and then rub the way it into the tape with the side of a puck I keep in my bag.

Friction tape sucks.

mymkovski
12-17-2004, 05:30 PM
I go from heel-to-toe...going top down on the front of the blade and down-top on the back of the blade....when i pull down, i pull it as tight as possible, same going up....i cover about 25% of the strip on each successive strip (if that makes sense?).

Afterwards I just use the roll of tape to further tighten the tape going from toe to heel to make sure everything is smooth.

And I use white tape.

Slats432
12-17-2004, 06:12 PM
Black tape.

I start at the heel. Always at the top, and always at the back. I go down the back, up the front until I am about a half inch from the end....and I always end on the front of the blade at the top.

IkeaMonkey*
12-17-2004, 06:21 PM
Come on people! Gotta accesorize here! I got 5 different colors of tape, gotta blend that stuff in with the blade/shaft!

For me, Heel to Toe. Tightening as im getting to the bottom, then tightening towards the top. I don't cover much of the blade with tape, just a little zone or so, that mentally helps me when shooting.

usmhuskies
12-17-2004, 07:41 PM
White tape, heel to toe and I only tape the blade about 3/4 up...

Frank Drebin
12-17-2004, 09:34 PM
Goalie here - Toe to heel :dunno: the way I've always done it. And to get that tape roll knob on the end of the stick, stand the stick straight up on a table or something like that (shaft down) and spin the tape around the shaft. Makes for a nice neat job.

usmhuskies
12-18-2004, 04:28 AM
Goalie here - Toe to heel :dunno: the way I've always done it. .


I have done it this way as well: it really dosen't matter...

Accord
12-18-2004, 04:44 AM
I have done it this way as well: it really dosen't matter...
It matters a great deal. Taping your stick toe to heel completely defeats the purpose of having tape on your stick in the first place and will cause your shot to be far less accurate than if you tape it heel to toe.

DaveyCrockett
12-18-2004, 05:13 AM
It matters a great deal. Taping your stick toe to heel completely defeats the purpose of having tape on your stick in the first place and will cause your shot to be far less accurate than if you tape it heel to toe.
Taping toe to heel will cause your blade to get chewed up very very fast.

Anthony*
12-18-2004, 05:18 AM
Taping toe to heel will cause your blade to get chewed up very very fast.how so?

Frank Drebin
12-18-2004, 11:20 AM
It matters a great deal. Taping your stick toe to heel completely defeats the purpose of having tape on your stick in the first place and will cause your shot to be far less accurate than if you tape it heel to toe.

It doesn't matter to me at all.......I can't play the puck worth a ****, the direction of tape on my blade isn't gonna help me at all. :help:

IkeaMonkey*
12-18-2004, 11:29 AM
It matters a great deal. Taping your stick toe to heel completely defeats the purpose of having tape on your stick in the first place and will cause your shot to be far less accurate than if you tape it heel to toe.

LOL. I hope thats a joke...

markov`
12-18-2004, 11:47 AM
What is "heel to toe"? I am a french speaker and I don't really understand. Clarify me please.

IkeaMonkey*
12-18-2004, 11:51 AM
What is "heel to toe"? I am a french speaker and I don't really understand. Clarify me please.

Heel = Part of the blade closest to the shaft.

Toe = End of the blade.

When you hear "toe curve", its implying the curve is towards the end of the blade.

ceber
12-18-2004, 12:38 PM
Taping toe to heel will cause your blade to get chewed up very very fast.

Do you play forward or D? Only thing I can think is toe-to-heel has the ice pulling the tape back when you skate forward with your stick on the ice. What other difference could there be? I've heard some defenseman prefer toe-to-heel because they spend so much time skating backwards.

2112
12-18-2004, 02:14 PM
I use white tape.

I always take a strip of tape and tape it on the bottom of the blade...so it's a sort of cushion for the blade (I hope that makes sense..? heheh). Anyways I then tape it heel to toe, covering about 50% of the last roll.

Accord
12-18-2004, 02:57 PM
LOL. I hope thats a joke...
:shakehead

The purpose of having tape on your stick is to generate the most amount of grip on the puck as possible, and the only way to achieve the maximum amount of grip is to cause the puck to go against the grain by taping heel to toe. Taping heel to toe results in each strip of tape across the blade to act as a pocket which grips the puck. These pockets in the tape generate the maxiumum amount of centrifugal force and the more the puck spins, the more stable the puck will be in flight and your shot will be far more accurate.

This has been very basic hockey knowledge for decades, come on man...

IkeaMonkey*
12-18-2004, 03:43 PM
:shakehead

The purpose of having tape on your stick is to generate the most amount of grip on the puck as possible, and the only way to achieve the maximum amount of grip is to cause the puck to go against the grain by taping heel to toe. Taping heel to toe results in each strip of tape across the blade to act as a pocket which grips the puck. These pockets in the tape generate the maxiumum amount of centrifugal force and the more the puck spins, the more stable the puck will be in flight and your shot will be far more accurate.

This has been very basic hockey knowledge for decades, come on man...

I'll repeat...

LOL....Please tell me that was a joke.

You throw all this mombo jumbo about pockets and centrifugal force, however if you are taping a stick toe-to-heel, the tape has the exact same effect as if taking it heel to toe. The tape does not reverse itself, it does not weaken, it does not lose its grip. You can tape a blade up just as tight toe-to-heel as you can heel-to-toe.

Also, the main point of tape on a stick is to prevent blade wear, not grip. Grip is secondary. The curve of the blade is far more important for grip and stick handling than tape.

If you'd like, I could show you two blades of mine, one of which I taped heel-to-toe and the other I taped toe-to-heel. There is absolutely no difference in appearance between the tapejobs.

Edit:Scratch that, I snapped one of my toe-to-heel blades in my last game.

The Old Master
12-18-2004, 06:50 PM
heel to toe, white on defence, black on foreward, unless your a center then white tape so you can write a little note on it to the opossing center!:)

LaLaLaprise
12-18-2004, 07:42 PM
White tape...only tape 1/2 the black closer to the Toe.

It Kills Me
12-18-2004, 09:03 PM
I use white tape, from heel to toe, double layers then I smooth it out with my fat ass. (i sit on it)

IkeaMonkey*
12-18-2004, 09:05 PM
I use white tape.

I always take a strip of tape and tape it on the bottom of the blade...so it's a sort of cushion for the blade (I hope that makes sense..? heheh). Anyways I then tape it heel to toe, covering about 50% of the last roll.

I used to do that when I played roller hockey or street hockey. It's not needed as much on ice, but it worked...a bit off ice.

IkeaMonkey*
12-18-2004, 09:06 PM
I use white tape, from heel to toe, double layers then I smooth it out with my fat ass. (i sit on it)

So you slap a layer on, then throw a layer on top of that?? Or do you just layer it once, but overlap alot?

It Kills Me
12-18-2004, 09:12 PM
Oh I go from toe to heel, when Im done, I continue from heel back to toe without ripping the tape.

IkeaMonkey*
12-18-2004, 09:14 PM
Oh I go from toe to heel, when Im done, I continue from heel back to toe without ripping the tape.

Doesnt the tape twist when reaching the end of the first layer? Unless you just overlap the last strip and go back down the blade?

It Kills Me
12-18-2004, 09:24 PM
Doesnt the tape twist when reaching the end of the first layer? Unless you just overlap the last strip and go back down the blade?
Yea, Im not a good explainer nor teacher. I just do it like that because I'm lazy and don't enjoy taping, and I do it on rare ocasions so I put on a extra layer so I could use it longer.

I don't know if it works but I've done it for a while.

IkeaMonkey*
12-18-2004, 09:26 PM
Yea, Im not a good explainer nor teacher. I just do it like that because I'm lazy and don't enjoy taping, and I do it on rare ocasions so I put on a extra layer so I could use it longer.

I don't know if it works but I've done it for a while.

Here's a hint...it doesnt work for blade wear. I've done it before and it seemed to wear just as much ;).

However, since its supersticious, keep doing it. It's exactly how I am. Heel-to-Toe on my OPS and Toe-to-Heel on my woodies and shaft/blade combos.

It Kills Me
12-18-2004, 09:30 PM
Here's a hint...it doesnt work for blade wear. I've done it before and it seemed to wear just as much ;).

However, since its supersticious, keep doing it. It's exactly how I am. Heel-to-Toe on my OPS and Toe-to-Heel on my woodies and shaft/blade combos.
Yea, but when you peel off the first layer it looks so clean and new except for the bottom.

ricknashfan_61
12-19-2004, 01:19 PM
heel-toe(right now) black tape(right now) :)

usmhuskies
12-19-2004, 01:49 PM
It matters a great deal. Taping your stick toe to heel completely defeats the purpose of having tape on your stick in the first place and will cause your shot to be far less accurate than if you tape it heel to toe.

:shakehead you got to be kidding me...I KNOW a lot of college players(espically D men) that tape there stick this way...When I played prep school I used to tape it this way as well...Please don't make me laugh....

IkeaMonkey*
12-19-2004, 02:13 PM
:shakehead you got to be kidding me...I KNOW a lot of college players(espically D men) that tape there stick this way...When I played prep school I used to tape it this way as well...Please don't make me laugh....

Taped the same way(occasionally) when I played prep as well. I was just very supersticious with my sticks. If something wasnt working out, i'd change it around a bit. If it be the tape job, cutting a stick shorter or even choosing a different blade pattern, I'd change it.

usmhuskies
12-19-2004, 04:55 PM
Taped the same way(occasionally) when I played prep as well. I was just very supersticious with my sticks. If something wasnt working out, i'd change it around a bit. If it be the tape job, cutting a stick shorter or even choosing a different blade pattern, I'd change it.



Everything had to be the same for me, wouldn't change a thing and was always the last person on the ice to start each period from the locker room...hey maybe I should have changed a couple of things, nah it was never meant to be for me :) ...

It Kills Me
12-20-2004, 09:54 AM
Well, I tried a new style today. heel to toe, covering 75% percent of the tape before. At the top of my stick I added another layer of tape.

I hadn't taped my stick for about 2 months, and I noticed a lot more grip with the puck this time. Taping = worth the money.

The Old Master
12-20-2004, 09:58 AM
Well, I tried a new style today. heel to toe, covering 75% percent of the tape before. At the top of my stick I added another layer of tape.

I hadn't taped my stick for about 2 months, and I noticed a lot more grip with the puck this time. Taping = worth the money.
try no tape at all. less grip but a lot harder for the goalie to read the shot coming off the stick.[ i just had to add this post] :)

It Kills Me
12-20-2004, 10:06 AM
i used to do that, but i could get my wrist shot to work. i can send the puck whereever i feel like with my fore-hand, but without tape it would even go up, nor move all that fast.

Jason MacIsaac
12-20-2004, 01:08 PM
I do two 3 things when taping my stick.

1.) I make the bottom a little rough with sand paper.
2.) Put a strip of tape along the bottom of the blade
3.) Tape from heal to toe.

Malefic74
12-20-2004, 02:15 PM
I do two 3 things when taping my stick.

1.) I make the bottom a little rough with sand paper.
2.) Put a strip of tape along the bottom of the blade
3.) Tape from heal to toe.

Spooky. I do the exact same routine. And I'm a goalie. As for the knob I use old skate laces wrapped 6" down the shaft and then balled at the end. Tape over top. Don't waste nearly as much tape.

BTW taping from heel-to-toe the tape job lasts longer. The reason being the direction of the overlap. If you tape toe-to-heel the overlaps actually catch snow as the stick moves forward. Heel-to-toe it slides off. Having snow caught in the tape creates moisture which breaks down the adhesive in the tape. Wax may reduce this though (I wouldn't know, don't use it.)

Also I'm pleased to see no forwards attempting to claim that "black tape hides the puck" or similar nonsense. It makes no difference at all. At least not to me.

jiggs 10
12-21-2004, 03:16 PM
It matters a great deal. Taping your stick toe to heel completely defeats the purpose of having tape on your stick in the first place and will cause your shot to be far less accurate than if you tape it heel to toe.

I disagree. I've ALWAYS taped toe-to-heel, and I have a very accurate shot. The puck spins off the blade properly this way, so you get a better shot.

And by the way, the PURPOSE of having tape on the stick is to have a cushion when receiving a pass and to help the blade last longer by having less wear on the bottom.

I always put an extra strip of tape along the bottom for extra protection, then tape toe-to-heel with black tape, overlapping slightly. When I'm done, I use baby powder to get rid of any stickiness on the tape, and a little candle wax or the "sex wax", but that does nothing, really, that I can see.
I have a fairly small tape knob at the top of my sticks, I make them by ripping the tape in half, then wrapping it around and around until it's the size I like, then just cover it with one layer of tape to smooth things out.

Anthony*
12-21-2004, 03:24 PM
what does the sandpaper thing do

ive never heard of that

It Kills Me
12-21-2004, 08:51 PM
what does the sandpaper thing do

ive never heard of that
it gets all the crap and sticky tape stuff off you stick, there smoother and easiler to move.

bleedgreen
12-21-2004, 10:53 PM
when im being really anal and have a wood blade, i take a piece of the stretchy clear shin tape and put it on the bottom...then tape white cloth tape heel to toe. i go through wood pretty quick, im a big guy, so i do all ican to keep the blade from getting mushy. the stretchy tape repels water well and then i take it all off after the game. i guess i could use the wax, but water would still get thru. tape absorbs the water and makes the blade mushy. for a composite blade or for roller, heel to toe once and leave it till it falls off. less friction on the bottom is better for roller, though i still need the tape for puck feel.

BuppY
12-21-2004, 10:53 PM
I tape from heel to toe and depending on the shaft I use different colours of tape.

Magnus Fulgur
12-25-2004, 12:36 AM
I do heel to toe, with 75% overlap: and I prefer red or blue tape. I want the blade to stand out for passes. I also overdo it when it comes to the knob and the grip (long grip with tight ridges).

Now I'm going to try toe to heel!

Recast
01-11-2005, 04:51 PM
Heel to about half way to the toe (so about half the blade).

JPurp26
01-11-2005, 08:17 PM
Also as a goalie i prefer non white colored tape so u can see your stick with preverail vision when ur out of the crease cutting of angles. I put a piece of tape on the bottom then tape toe to heel

James P. #31

Westcoasthabsfan
01-11-2005, 08:31 PM
Taping toe to heel will cause your blade to get chewed up very very fast.


It has nothing to do with it..... :lol:

Westcoasthabsfan
01-11-2005, 08:35 PM
:shakehead

The purpose of having tape on your stick is to generate the most amount of grip on the puck as possible, and the only way to achieve the maximum amount of grip is to cause the puck to go against the grain by taping heel to toe. Taping heel to toe results in each strip of tape across the blade to act as a pocket which grips the puck. These pockets in the tape generate the maxiumum amount of centrifugal force and the more the puck spins, the more stable the puck will be in flight and your shot will be far more accurate.

This has been very basic hockey knowledge for decades, come on man...

Nice try but no dice.....doesn't matter which way you tape a stick

burgess1978
01-11-2005, 10:38 PM
I am an Australian. I'm a beginner player so I'm very bad.

What is the difference between black tape and white tape? Is it actually different or is it a visibility thing?

cheers

DaveyCrockett
01-11-2005, 10:59 PM
It has nothing to do with it..... :lol:
In my personal experience, taping toe to heel causes the tape to wear much faster. I don't find this a problem for games but when i play shinny, my stick takes more damage toe to heal as the tape often comes off at certain points.

IkeaMonkey*
01-11-2005, 11:12 PM
I am an Australian. I'm a beginner player so I'm very bad.

What is the difference between black tape and white tape? Is it actually different or is it a visibility thing?

cheers

Absolutely no difference. Accord may try and tell you white tape makes your shot harder or something, but there is no difference. Black, White, Blue...Heel-to-Toe, Toe-to-Heel....it doesnt matter.




(Just dont use clear/shin guard tape on your blade ;) )

usmhuskies
01-12-2005, 03:10 AM
I am an Australian. I'm a beginner player so I'm very bad.

What is the difference between black tape and white tape? Is it actually different or is it a visibility thing?

cheers


Go with white, it makes your hands look faster :)