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Heel Curve vs Toe Curve

View Poll Results: Do you prefer a Heel or a Toe curve?
Heel 24 53.33%
Toe 21 46.67%
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03-23-2009, 06:41 PM
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Heel Curve vs Toe Curve

What are the advantages to using a Toe or a Heel curve?

I'm going to buy a pro-return and want to try something new compared to the curves I'm used to (Thornton/Lecavalier)

Pro's and Con's, people!

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03-23-2009, 09:06 PM
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Toe. Killer wristers that are easy as hell to lift.

Cons? There are no cons. Unless you do anything on your backhand ever, and the curve you get is a banana (and with the pros that use toe curves, it probably will be)

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heel, i like slappers and making passes. but really use a mid


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heel, i like slappers and making passes. but really use a mid
Same here.

I have no problem with getting my wristers high with my PM9 blade and I love the lift I get when I go to the backhand up close next to a goalie.

Personal preference though, I know some people who love heel blades and some that are only effective with toe curves.

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I'll go with heel, if you can lift the puck easily, everything else is easier with a heel curve.

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Heel Curve, better saucers and low hard slappers.

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I'll go with heel, if you can lift the puck easily, everything else is easier with a heel curve.
Guessing you don't dangle much?

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My personal preference is a Toe. For whatever reason that is beyond me (must be practice) my backhand is perfectly fine with the Toe. When I go with the Heel, I just can't get it up. And, of course, stickhandling for me is better with the toe.

Edit: I just checked to make sure, it is a P92 blade (Mid/Toe). I love it.


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I like the Lindros curve.. it's the perfect curve for me, pretty much right in the middle. You get a little bit of everything, but it also doesn't really help areas you might like to concentrate on when playing (such passing, shooting, stickhandling, etc).

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Where's the option for mid? I like a Thornton curve personally

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afinogenov. one the best blades ever and hardly used.

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Drury pattern for me. used to love the Verbeek pattern which was a heel curve too.

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mid, or maybe mid-heel, for me. Recchi for CCM and Lindros for NBH

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Guessing you don't dangle much?
You don't need a toe curve to dangle. I have the softest hands on my team (deking, passing and accurate shot) and I use a Forsberg or Bouchard. Both heel curves with almost a straight blade. I am 6'3" and use a long stick (up to my chin on skates) which also helps.

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You don't need a toe curve to dangle. I have the softest hands on my team (deking, passing and accurate shot) and I use a Forsberg or Bouchard. Both heel curves with almost a straight blade. I am 6'3" and use a long stick (up to my chin on skates) which also helps.
up to your chin on skates isn't that long at all.

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up to your chin on skates isn't that long at all.
It is actually between my chin and nose, but I didn't want any knob/mouth jokes. It is a lot longer than anyone else's on my team, especially for a forward.

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Im just starting and don’t know anything about curves, is the Easton sakic a heel or toe curve?

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Im just starting and don’t know anything about curves, is the Easton sakic a heel or toe curve?
Mid and slightly open. More on the open side of slightly open though.

There really aren't any retail toe curves widely available.

For somebody starting, Mid is probalby the best, and closed is better since it teaches you better technique. Go for the Iginla if you're looking at easton.

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i like the rbk pronger blade its a heal as i am a playmaking dman

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It is actually between my chin and nose, but I didn't want any knob/mouth jokes. It is a lot longer than anyone else's on my team, especially for a forward.
Anything above your nose is prob too long. I personally go by a different standard. When im sitting on the bench with my twig blade up, the heel is where my mission logo on my Intake is.

BTW 3/4 " mid center curve, open with rounded toe for me.

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Mid and slightly open. More on the open side of slightly open though.

There really aren't any retail toe curves widely available.

For somebody starting, Mid is probalby the best, and closed is better since it teaches you better technique. Go for the Iginla if you're looking at easton.
Thanks, Ive been playing with the Sakic for a while but will look into the iginla when Im getting a new stick.

Oh and I didnít want to make a new thread about this but what exactly is a pro stock stick and why are they so much cheaper than normal sticks? Is there something wrong with them?

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Thanks, Ive been playing with the Sakic for a while but will look into the iginla when Im getting a new stick.

Oh and I didnít want to make a new thread about this but what exactly is a pro stock stick and why are they so much cheaper than normal sticks? Is there something wrong with them?
They are essentially sticks made for the NHL, AHL, WHL, KHL etc. that don't get used by the player it was made for. First of all and most importantly they don't have a warranty, so once you break em you lose em. And the blade patterns are all unique, chances are you'll have a hard time finding a blade similar to a previous pro-stock stick.

I've also heard rumours about pro-stock sticks as being better than their retail counterparts, but I doubt this is the case.

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I like toe curves because I like to take quick shots and if I don't have time to do a full heel-to-toe puck spin I can just release the puck off the toe and still get a lot of spin on it. Plus my shots tend to go left so the toe curves put them back on target.

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Hey guys. I didn't want to start a new thread for this, so i thought I'd ask it here. My Bauer OnePro stick recently broke; the blade cracked in the middle. I was using a Naslund curve. I really liked that curve due to the fact that, to me, it felt great for stickhandling, especially toe dragging. I went to a hockey shop where I found 2 Bauer sticks with Naslund curves, both being too stiff for me. The guy at the shop then showed me a few sticks from different brands with Naslund curves under another name. I decided to give the Sherwood RM9 stick with a Sakic P 6087 curve a try. The curve is very similar to the Naslund curve. I wanted to ask if anyone has ever used a Sherwood stick with that curve, and what they thought about it.

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They are essentially sticks made for the NHL, AHL, WHL, KHL etc. that don't get used by the player it was made for. First of all and most importantly they don't have a warranty, so once you break em you lose em. And the blade patterns are all unique, chances are you'll have a hard time finding a blade similar to a previous pro-stock stick.

I've also heard rumours about pro-stock sticks as being better than their retail counterparts, but I doubt this is the case.
The sticks aren't made for specific players, they have the same blade patterns as retail sticks, and they are are much heavier (i.e. more durable) than retail sticks.

They're made for all college and professional leagues. I think they normally cost about the same as a retail stick.

But if you can get them from a reputable source, I would definitely recommend buying them over retail sticks. My sticks never break within a month anyway.

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