Sticks: What do you use, what do you love/hate, and what's next?
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04-12-2013, 11:45 AM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Originally Posted by
American in Paris
I might also add some anecdotal evidence based on personal observation:
The most skilled players on my club teams, especially those who played at high level, tend to use average-to-inexpensive sticks... several of them prefer wood sticks/blades.
The mediocre/poor players who are passionate about the game and aspire to improve are the ones with the $200 OPS'.
I've see nothing wrong with people spending their money as they please and I don't dispute that the perceived marginal utility may intersect with the marginal cost at a very high price point.
But I do hope that the aspirational types enriching the marketing departments at Bauer and Reebok understand that they are paying for an aspirational product - a luxury good comparable to a Louis Vuitton handbag - that has little-to-no connection with improving their performance on the ice.
Those who do want to invest in performance will find much better returns spending their money on more ice time/skating lessons/weight training, etc.
Based on your anecdotal evidence it sounds like you play D league, where the most "skilled player" is a guy who has mastered the art of skating backwards without falling.
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