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03-30-2012, 01:43 AM
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Open-Faced Blades

So I've been looking at a lot of NHL'ers curves both on Youtube and looking at Prostock sticks we sell at my Pro Shop and some that my friends have, and almost every single one of them is open-faced. Think the new Bauer Ovechkin curve (which is an extreme example). They all seem like mid-heel curves with an open-toe and I was wondering why this seems like the default curve for the Pros. I know they obviously have superior accuracy so they don't have to worry about shooting over the net as much as say I would with an open-faced blade, but what advantages do these type of curves offer them? Easier handling? Quicker release? Better "snap" on the snap-shot? What's the deal?

And if you use one, give me your experience. The reason I'm asking is because I'm thinking about trying one out. I know it'll take a crap-load of getting used to but I'm willing to work through it.

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