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05-04-2009, 10:41 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
straight from their website that was what i wanted people to read.
So what makes a good hockey stick? Here are some basic principles:Itís whatís inside that counts. Carbon fiber is the best raw material when it comes to constructing high performance hockey sticks. This is because it contains fibers just like wood, is stronger than plastic yet can be shaped easily and is lighter than both steel and aluminum. The lightest hockey stick on the market weighs in at 425g.
When assembled with resin a.k.a. glue, carbon fiber can be molded into any shape and once it hardens it can be used like other raw materials such as wood or aluminum. Carbon fiber is very expensive so some manufacturers will use less carbon and more resin when constructing their sticks which results in heavy, less durable, cheaper hockey sticks. The optimal ratio is 80% carbon to 20% resin.
Some companies use design gimmicks in order to justify higher prices- these features are completely unnecessary though at the amateur level. The Blade Spine for example, is designed for a player who can shoot the puck at 90 MPH but feels like he loses some accuracy with his follow through. The split in the blade acts as a stabilizer with its independent blade and shaft flexÖ just a tad confusing if you ask us.
sorry for the walls of text but these are must reads.
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