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10-13-2011, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Wilch View Post
Either way, I use a longer stick. It goes up to about my nose when I'm on skates, eyes when I'm barefeet. I'm a beginner, so my stick handling isn't good enough anyway to tell the difference between short/long stick.
That is a really long stick, especially for a beginner. If you were a really skilled, experienced defenseman, maybe a stick like that would work for you, but for a beginner that long a stick is not good IMO. In order to keep that stick positioned right on the ice, you're probably standing too upright and not bending properly, and you're probably carrying the puck farther away from your body than you should, which is making it harder for you to stick handle well. Longest I would ever go for a beginner would be up to chin on skates. A good friend of mine is an experienced youth coach, and he strongly advocates very short sticks for beginners to force them to bend into a proper power skating position.

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