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03-16-2009, 05:21 PM
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Choosing Hockey Stick

Hi Everyone. I'm a beginner at inline hockey but I'm decent at skating. I have been attending open hockey sessions at Marple Sports Arena every friday night and I have been used a lefty wooden stick.
I'm 115 lb and about 5'5"

I'm thinking about getting a composite stick. However, i'm on a budget of less than 30$

Should I buy one?

My current stick is a Sher-wood feather lite lefty stick.

Sam

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03-16-2009, 05:26 PM
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Inline? Only if you're playing indoors.

And if you only have $30, you can't afford one anyway, at least nothing but the absolute low end trash. Stick with a woodie, a good woodie will be heavy, but feel great and perform better compared to a cheap composite.

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Inline? Only if you're playing indoors.

And if you only have $30, you can't afford one anyway, at least nothing but the absolute low end trash. Stick with a woodie, a good woodie will be heavy, but feel great and perform better compared to a cheap composite.
Great advice. A good composite might perform better than a good wood stick, but a good wood stick is always better than a cheap comp.

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How much would a "good" composite stick cost, at bare minimum?

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For $30, it's probably tough to find a decent high end composite. With your height/weight, you're probably using a junior/intermediate stick as well? If I recall correctly, the junior/int versions of high end senior composite sticks aren't made the same. The junior/int versions mix in cheaper materials. So you might end up with a mid-range stick that is marked up because it has the same paint job as the sticks the pros use.

Like cptjeff said, there's nothing wrong with a wood stick. As a goalie, I'm always afraid of the guys who use the Sherwood 5030 woodies. Then there are those guys who can barely skate but dropped $200 on a high end composite.

Another route you might want to check out is getting a shaft+blade combo. The Mission L-2 is tapered, so it should behave like a one piece stick. Plus it comes with an extra blade which is pretty decent value:

$45 (junior): http://www.hockeymonkey.com/sfrbl2combojrc.html

If you're still young, you might outgrow the stick pretty rapidly though. And shipping will probably put you closer to $60 depending on your location.

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I wouldn't suggest buying a composite, especially for $30.
You could get an alright composite junior stick but I would suggest against that. You'll outgrow it soon enough and if you don't, the competition you play with will and it will break fairly easily. Just keep using a wooden stick until you can afford to spend around $80-100 on a middle of the line senior composite.

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How much would a "good" composite stick cost, at bare minimum?
Consider a shaft/blade combo? Best of both worlds.

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Sherwood 5030.

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Consider a shaft/blade combo? Best of both worlds.
see if you can find a Mission Z-2 combo, I got a combo with two blades for 60 on clearance off of HM, and its by far my favorite ice - stick. I got it about a year and a half ago so I dont know if anyone still carries it.

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Sherwood 5030.
I think those are $5 over his budget. Unless he buys online, then shipping makes it $10 over his budget.

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Hi Everyone. I'm a beginner at inline hockey but I'm decent at skating. I have been attending open hockey sessions at Marple Sports Arena every friday night and I have been used a lefty wooden stick.
I'm 115 lb and about 5'5"

I'm thinking about getting a composite stick. However, i'm on a budget of less than 30$

Should I buy one?

My current stick is a Sher-wood feather lite lefty stick.

Sam
what type of surface do you play on?

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I think those are $5 over his budget. Unless he buys online, then shipping makes it $10 over his budget.
I currently have that.. the feather-lite. I got it for $28 at marple sports arena.

I'm pretty sure its 5030.. I taped over the 50 I think.

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what type of surface do you play on?
I play on indoor surface at the Marple Sports arena ONLY because I have indoor wheels.

I think its sport court? Its like tiles but not really bumpy or anything.. pretty smooth.

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Hi Everyone. I'm a beginner at inline hockey but I'm decent at skating. I have been attending open hockey sessions at Marple Sports Arena every friday night and I have been used a lefty wooden stick.
I'm 115 lb and about 5'5"

I'm thinking about getting a composite stick. However, i'm on a budget of less than 30$

Should I buy one?

My current stick is a Sher-wood feather lite lefty stick.

Sam
FAIL. stick with the wooden

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I have a old M-2 shaft that I used once in warm ups for two shots that is a 60 flex that I just bought off ebay thinking it was a stiffer flex that is well within your budget.

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