Do they make senior sticks with a low amount of flex?
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04-25-2009, 02:04 PM
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Whatever happened to someone just saying "I just like how it shoots". All this technical stuff is fine and dandy but won't do anything if a guy has poor mechanics to begin with.
The Overchkin breaking a lot sticks thing I heard it discussed in a Caps game from their home broadcast and they clearly stated he breaks them because they are a low flex and he is too strong for that flex but he uses them anyway because he likes the whip in them.
Also I went with 100+ flex when I bought composites this year on the recommendation of a former semi-pro player I trust whole heartedly who is a very VERY good player that I should get at least a 100 flex for my weight of 235 lbs or I will be throwing my money away because of broken composite sticks. That made sense since I have always used a 100 flex stick or better, seemed silly to not even think of that when I was looking for a composite stick. I should have realized things would be the same even though the technology is better today with composites.
I think composites do break easier than the old wood sticks and one could get away with a low flex on a wood stick and not worry about it breaking. I have seen many wood sticks break taking a face off on the backhand contrary to the old guys who say wood sticks never broke. They did break.
I know some of you guys here are knowledgable but this guy IS knowledgable and one I fully trust in whatever he says. He even told me to leave a pair of ice skates there and not to buy them from HIS OWN STORE because he was out of stock on the better skate that support my weight better and not seperate at the heel.
He easily could have just taken my money and snickered. I've known him for years and have played with him on a few teams. he is good people and knows his stuff.
Anyway ... I have never been one to break many sticks as I have good mechanics. Sticks should break when they get slashed, shoit blocked or catching a one timer too far up on the toe if we are speaking of wood sticks. Just like catching a baseball at the end of a bat and the bat breaks.
Composites do break easier but honestly I have not had a problem after switching to composites in December and playing 2 or more games a week.
I am not even using the most expensive composites on the market. I buy good blades though but the shafts I use are Bauer Supreme One55s at $40 each.
I will be buying about 5 Bauer Supreme One95 shafts when they come in at about $90 each but will start off with just one first to see "how it shoots". I will buy the 102 flex as I know I will be cutting a couple of inches off the end of it so it will be about a 110-115 flex.
My closet full of aluminum shafts are all 100+ flexes from the late 80s and 1990s. None broke by the way and they are now vintage I guess haha .... I hung one up in my game room for decor.
Well, the thing it doens't seem like you realize is that "How it shoots" can be quantified with flex, balance and kickpoint. There are more elements to it, mostly relating to how the blade is constructed, but that's beside the point for this discussion.
The issue here isn't guys with bad mechanics trying to use a stick as a crutch. The issue is guys with at least decent mechanics trying to play around with a different setup to see how it affects their shot. Nothing wrong with that.
Oh, and wood sticks do break. I know a guy who broke 3 in a game once. Of course, the opposing center was going after his stick instead of the puck on faceoffs...
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