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09-29-2008, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by iceman_88888888 View Post
the natural flex is usually right in the middle of the stick but the manufacturers are doing better by adding some materials (fiberglass, carbon fibers, etc) to certain areas of the stick to lower the flex point and make a more consistent wood stick. and yeah, the wood shaft softens up quite a bit after a few solid games/practices but nothing compares to the feel of a wood stick.

a good rule of thumb here is that you add 5 to the flex of a composite stick for every inch you cut off.
I don't know if I completely agree with that. Yes, an excellent wood stick will offer better feel than a composite. However, with the variations from stick to stick it's hard to find an excellent wood stick. I remember when I used Sher-Wood PMP 5030's I'd go through about 10 or 12 before I found two that felt good. With composite, I can walk up to the stick rack find my curve and flex and head to the register.

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