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11-07-2008, 02:40 PM
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Wax or Friction Tape

I have never used wax or friction tape,what works better for scooping a puck?Also this might be a dumb question but what is the difference in stick wax and candle wax is stick wax a more sticky substance?

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11-07-2008, 03:53 PM
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Stick wax is softer, so it rubs on better. Once it's on there's no difference.

The difference between the two is pretty big. Wax is not really intended to be sticky to help pick the puck up- it can have that element, but if that's what you're looking for friction tape is a much better option.

However, wax is a good idea. I often rub it on the bottom of the blade after a new tape job, it helps keep the tape in good shape by preventing water from soaking into it, which has a significant effect in tearing it up, so your blade is better protected.

I don't use friction tape though, seems to me that you'll never need to scoop the puck up in a game and I have good enough hands that I can catch the puck at the levels I play at. But some guys really like how their shots come off of it, so each to their own.

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If you think friction tape is going to help you scoop the puck, then by all means give it a shot. I don't use either friction or was, because the tape never lasts that long on my blade anyways. A couple guys on my team use the wax though, and like the other poster said, it helps protect your stick from moisture, but if you're using a composite stick it really doesn't do the stick any good.

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i use wax to prevent ice chips and moisture from sticking on my blade, it really helps during the end of the game when the ice is bad and ice starts forming on your tape.

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wax along the bottom half

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i use wax to prevent ice chips and moisture from sticking on my blade, it really helps during the end of the game when the ice is bad and ice starts forming on your tape.
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wax along the bottom half
i do the same as these guys. no need to wax the entire blade top to bottom and there's absolutely no need to layer on the wax either. there's guys that put almost 1/4" of wax on their blade and i can't ever understand why. use just enough to protect the tape from getting wet and just high enough to where the puck contacts the blade and you're good.

friction tape doesn't last very long and i find that i have to change it practically every period.

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11-10-2008, 09:51 AM
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If I use wax, it's just a bit along the bottom to prevent wear, but I ended up switching tape to something more durable and re-tape every game. I've gone the other way, sometimes I put baby powder on my tape to make it less sticky, but again I switched to a different tape which is less sticky and more cloth-like.

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11-10-2008, 06:09 PM
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friction tape is excellent for accuracy on your shots. i've been using it for about 25 years.ice doesn't stick to it. like on cloth tape.

with friction tape i can wrist a shot from my own faceoff circle to the far net top shelf about 1 out of 3 times. with plain cloth i cant even get the height to get that distance unless i scrape the ice off.

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