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08-01-2013, 10:42 AM
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I'm about to throw a hand grenade into a narrow hallway, but.......
in terms of the "new sticks" (which arent so new anymore) many recreational players are now playing with expensive technology that they're getting absolutely zero benefit from versus much cheaper stuff.
The average beer leaguer or youth player cant generate the speed and torque on the stick like an NHL player or NCAA DI or OHL player etc.... (i.e. elite players) can to take advantage of the technology in the stick. I don't think this is commonly known, and Easton and Warrior etc.. aren't exactly going to make a public service announcement telling people. What it really boils down to is people want to play with and be seen with the "same" stick that Patrick Sharp or Steven Stamkos use, which is why stick companies pay them thousands of dollars in endorsement contracts to use their sticks.
I semi agree with this though, again discussed in that threat long ago, unless you have been playing a while and have good shooting mechanics, your not going to get the most out of a top end stick. It's your money and buy what you want. But I will always recommend a mid range stick over a cheapest option any day. the couple hundred grams in weight is a huge difference .
a small break down i figured i would throw out there
Cheapest ( $40-$80) - very very little to no technology (kickpoint, taper, special grip patterns, strength reinforcement), Heaviest sticks out there. Mainly replaces the wooden stick
mid range ($100 - $175) - some tech (mostly has a decent kick point, some kind of reinforcement), not too heavy but not the lightest. easily half the weight of the cheapest option which makes a big difference.
High end ($200-$250) - All kinds of tech. lightest option available
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