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06-18-2010, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by beavboyz View Post
Here is a study I found a while back

and here is a quote from the abstract

"It was concluded that decreased stick stiffness and puck weight increased puck velocity in standing slap shots for female ice hockey players. "
I think they would have found, had they gotten some very good, very strong shooters, is that up to the point the shooters were no longer strong enough to get a lot of flex in the stick, that a stiffer stick would create a harder shot. Reason being that a stiff stick that is bent back X degrees is storing a greater amount of potential energy than a whippy one at X degrees. The ladies involved probably weren't big enough to load the stiffer sticks with an efficient shooting motion (they're also probably using shorter sticks, so the speed of the blade as they go through the motion, discounting the effect of flex, is slower too).

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