What are the best blade patterns for wrist shots?

PBrisebois43
06-14-2005, 04:48 PM
I just want to get some opinions on the best blade patterns for taking good wrist shots. I'm currently using the Leclair pattern and it isn't that great for my style of play. (coming in from the off wing and taking hard, high wrist shots)
Thanks alot in advance.

DJmastamind
06-14-2005, 04:54 PM
I have used an Yzerman pattern for the longest time.

Brodeur
06-14-2005, 04:57 PM
I don't think there's a specific "This one's for wristers, this other one's for slappers" blade. Generally speaking, if you want some more loft in your shot, you're going to want an open face blade.

Here's a handy little chart: http://www.hockeygiant.com/bladechart.html

Here's a handy site which explains the pros/cons of different blade options (types of curves, face angles, lies, etc): http://www.epuck.com/storeDir/homepage/bladetool/start1.html

A lot of the good players I know love the Drury curve, but I (probably because I suck) can't do anything with that type of curve. It all comes down to preference.

But if you just want to add some air under your shot, then you might want to try out a Sakic curve (slightly open face) if you've been using a Modano curve (closed face), etc etc.

Synergy27
06-16-2005, 07:01 PM
I am one of the few people I know that uses the Easton Shanahan curve. It is very flat near the heel but its curved and squared off at the toe making it really easy to roof the puck from in close. I rely heavily on wrist/snapshots as well, and I find that this pattern suits my style perfectly, but the length and squareness ends up sacrificing a bit in the stick handling department.

I've also recently been using the Bauer P12 Gagne pattern, which is quite similar to the Shanny curve if youre not an Easton guy.

Canadian Chris
06-16-2005, 08:27 PM
ya...I love the Shannahan pattern...except like snyergy said, it's makes stick handling a little bit tougher. That being said, it's still my favorite curve, and is generally the only curve I've played with since I was 15 or so...I'm 23 now, so 8 years with basically the same blade...nothing wrong it in my opinion.

Joey13
06-16-2005, 10:02 PM
I'd have to go with Sakic in Easton and Nash and Brendl in TPS. I prefer the Sakic and Nash myself.

PanthersRule96
06-16-2005, 10:43 PM
Jokinen, Lindros and Hossa are all some of my fav ones. I really like Lindros, its the only curve i really feel comfortable doing everything with, but I definitely think wrist shots are good with that curve.

HockeyMan9
06-16-2005, 10:56 PM
I am one of the few people I know that uses the Easton Shanahan curve. It is very flat near the heel but its curved and squared off at the toe making it really easy to roof the puck from in close. I rely heavily on wrist/snapshots as well, and I find that this pattern suits my style perfectly, but the length and squareness ends up sacrificing a bit in the stick handling department.

I've also recently been using the Bauer P12 Gagne pattern, which is quite similar to the Shanny curve if youre not an Easton guy.


I've used the Shanny curve for a long time, but switched to a Sakic about a year ago, I find the Sakic to be much better for wrist shots, more control when it leaves the toe of the blade, but that's just my opinion.

Sticks of Fury
06-18-2005, 01:42 PM
Just started to use the CCM thornton blade. It's a mid curve deep. I am beginning to like it more and more. In the beginnng I was using a bauer lindros blade since the blade seems more natural looking. Symmetrical. I could visually imagine where the puck is on my blade and aim better. But the thornton blade is more curved and I think it gives a more boost to the wrister since I deduced it is like a sling shot once you get it from the flat part of the blade to the toe than it does from the Lindros blade. I do not follow through that hard but I let the blade guide the shot. I always thought that I would over shoot it to the left but so far it is working well for me.

Chris
06-18-2005, 02:44 PM
On the other hand, I used a Thornton blade for the longest time. It felt like crap. As soon as I switched to a Lindros, everything seemed to fall into place - I was getting wrist shots off faster and my slappers seemed to actually be quicker.

2112
06-18-2005, 07:24 PM
My favourite curve is definately the Lidstrom curve...I love that open blade. I've used it for a few years now.

BuppY
06-22-2005, 02:53 AM
Sakic easton curve is very good for wrist shots.

damoose212001
06-22-2005, 10:06 AM
Sakic easton curve is very good for wrist shots.

That's what I'm testing out in an inline game today. (Inline-Center, or goalie, but I'm only an ice goalie), but anyways, ever tried the Coffey curve...lol

cassius
06-22-2005, 05:43 PM
Kovalchuk curve is awesome

Petey21
06-27-2005, 06:54 AM
I like the Sakic curve myself.

Here's a handy site where you can "convert" and compare different patterns from different brands, it might be very useful for some, although it has no pics.

http://www.modsquadhockey.com/index.php?act=Patterns

Seth Lake
07-01-2005, 08:48 PM
I rely heavily on wrist shots in my game as well, but I use the Easton "Drury" pattern and the CCM "Hossa" pattern. It is a mid 3/8" curve with an open face and I like the round toe.