heel vs mid vs toe curves
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04-15-2014, 04:57 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
It's really hard to say for sure, and my thoughts have evolved over time.
One Timer is right that you want to (usually) shoot off the deepest part of the curve, or where the curve starts at least. So if you carry the puck closer to the heel of the blade, a heel curve might be easier to use. Same if you like to carry in the middle (mid curve), or if you like to toe drag before you shoot (toe).
But then you have the quirks of how the loft feels when you have the puck in tight vs far away, and a lot of other factors. So the easiest answer is to try different curves and see what you like.
Also, very few NHL'ers have enough time and space to roll the puck on the blade dramatically while shooting, which is why they prefer quick release shots like snap shots and one timers.
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