Easton E28 (and Bauer P14) Curve Discussion
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01-08-2013, 11:06 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I would say the spot on the blade that you shoot from (heel, mid, toe) is linked to the curve that you use.
You want to shoot from the part of the blade that gets optimum contact with the ice, because that will allow the puck to travel down the blade and get spin, giving better velocity and accuracy.
The heel and mid-heel curves tend to have a flat rocker and lie flat on the ice closer to the heel. So you tend to shoot from the heel (closer to a stickhandling position incidentally). Shooting from the toe has little blade contact so they flutter all over the place.
Mid to toe curves usually have a rounder rocker so you can stickhandle further away then pull the puck in tighter to shoot from close to the body, letting you lean into the shot more. Shooting from the heel might lose some velocity and you won't get any lift on the shot.
But too much rocker means you don't get as much contact between the puck and ice, and that leads to less velocity and puck flutter.
The P14 (and P88 somewhat) has a flatter rocker near the heel and a flatter rocker near the toe. So you get more blade contact with the blade for shooting from the toe area. More velocity, less flutter. The flatter rocker near the heel is probably for catching/making passes and stickhandling.
Made this little comparison picture (pics courtesy IceWarehouse.com):
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