Thread: Ideal flex?
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02-10-2011, 01:19 AM
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Originally Posted by budster View Post
Short answer: You should use the stiffest possible stick you are able to bend when shooting properly.
How stick flex works
Tell that to Ovechkin, who uses a roughly 80 flex stick despite the fact that he could certainly flex a 110 like crazy. Or Kessel, who doesn't even use a senior stick at all. Some guys like only a small amount of flex when shooting, some like a tonne, it's personal preference.

Personally I'm 6', 180 lbs, have been playing hockey since I was 8, I can get a good flex and good shot out of an 85-87 flex stick, but I shoot even better with a 75-77 flex. On the flip side, a guy on my beer league team is 5'6" and uses a 100 flex (and that's 100 flex BEFORE he cuts it down, god knows what it's at after), and has a wicked wrist and snap shot with it (he used to play junior A). There really is no general rule, you need to be able to get SOME flex out of your stick while shooting, but whether a small or large amount of flex is best is all up to the shooter.

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