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03-01-2013, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyisforeveryone View Post
OP at your size, (5'9 175) there is NO WAY you should try to play with a JR or INT. The only realistic option is a 75 or 77(?) SR if you need that much flex. Intermediate sticks are made for teenagers and small framed women.

I am 135 pounds and did use an INT (65 flex) for months. I do believe it helped my technique in ways, but that thing is a weak rubbery noodle. After the demands of my friend to "man up," (to a SR stick) I am VERY happy with an 85 flex. I will probably spend extra to get a Warrior 77 next though, which I have never tried but I'm sure will be perfect.
I disagree. For one, it's a matter of personal preference (ie - Phil Kessel uses a 65 flex stick and is bigger than OP, and a much better player).

The other thing is I'm convinced that most guys are using the wrong flex exactly for that reason - because they take it as a bit of macho pride to have a less flexible stick.

I am 5'8" and 175 (OP's size) and use a 65 Int (cut down to, say, 75ish). It works very well for me because I can actually utilize the flex in the stick to shoot. When I had an 85 Sr. stick (cut down probably to close to 100) I could barely get a few degrees of flex on a shot unless I was stationary and concentrating.

I also think lower flexes force you to cradle your passes, which is a good skill to develop.

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