Stick Flex - Different Companies, Different Feel
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06-07-2010, 04:33 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Tampa, FL
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The only sure way to know the actual correct flex is toi use the flex machine the pros use which shows the flex when you put your stick in the mechanism and it measures the flex by flexing it.
I really have no idea how much quality control goes into each batch of sticks made at the factory to ensure accuracy or which company is the most accurate.
It would be nice to own a flex gauge gizmo machine .... whatever they are called.
The pros don't use a machine like this. It's done at the manufacturers factory. Outside of those factories the only other place that I know of that has a purpose-built device to measure the flex of a stick is Oggie.
Different companies have different ranges of acceptable variance. Warrior is 2-3 flex for pro, maybe more for retail. At the pro level Warrior offers a variety of stick flexes, every 5 flex(ie; 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, etc) and it is recorded on a sticker inside the shaft to the exact flex. Most companies are similar although none offer this range of flex although Bauer is close(Bauer offers: 77, 82, 87, 95, 102, 112).
When sticks get to the team they are typically tested... the same way most people test them, a flex on solid ground by the player. BTW, this means a light touch, you're looking for how much pressure it takes for it to start flexing not how far you can flex it. Flexing a stick on solid ground even as little as a 1/2" can cause damage to your stick and cause early stick failure.
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