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01-18-2011, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
The downside with that is that if you aren't bending your knees and have proper technique like all those NHL'ers, you might not be able to take advantage of the shorter stick. Also, they're way faster and in way better shape, thus can skate with the puck or to the puck a lot quicker than the rest of us. Plus, when the stick is that short, your shot is going to suffer unless you use a very whippy stick.

I'm about to test an Oggie Ergo pro stock grip which might help in using a shorter stick. It puts a flex point up at the top hand and gives a more "natural" grip on the stick. When I tried it before, I was used to holding the butt end in the middle of the palm so it hurt stickhandling and my sticks were cut to almost my nose height in skates, but now they are just below the chin and I'm curious to see how it works out.

One interesting (reassuring?) thing is that looking at those pictures, those players are holding the stick with the blade closed, rather than straight up and down like you're "supposed" to. I've been wondering about that since I hold the stick with the blade closed, I'm in good company with Sergei and Joe!
Yeah, it helps to use a stick on the whippy side if you're gonna be cutting it down a fair bit. But you don't need to be an NHLer to get proper knee bend, any half decent skater can and should do this. As for holding the stick so that the blade is a bit closed in a neutral stance, I think that's pretty normal.

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