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04-20-2009, 06:01 PM
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Am I the only person who holds onto the knob of their stick?

I tape a knob on the butt end of my stick about a finger width down from the tip. When I play I actually put the knob in the palm of my hand and my pinky finger pretty much hangs off the end of the stick. I've tried other ways of taping (no knob, making a "rope" down the shaft by rolling the tape, etc.) but I never feels as comfortable to me as the knob. Does any one else do this or am I just weird??? For some reason I've been doing this since I was a kid. I find I'm able to stick handle with one hand a lot better by holding the knob and I also find it helps my wrist shots.

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If it works for you then that's all that matters. I use a slight knob at the very top of my stick as a stopping point for my hand, i dont actually hold the knob.

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I have a huge knob at the end of my stick (whatever's left on the roll of tape after I tape the blade for the first time). But my hand sits below it, and the knob acts as a stopping point for my hand.

Actually holding the knob sounds a bit odd, but if it works for you, it works. How's your slapper?

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Actually holding the knob sounds a bit odd, but if it works for you, it works. How's your slapper?
My slap shot sucks, actually. LOL But I have a pretty good wrister and it's very accurate. I found without the knob my wrist shot wasn't as good, and my slap shot still sucked.

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I do the exact same as you do. Works great for me.

My wrister's great, slapshot not so much. I think that's more about my blade and practice then about the stick though.

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Sometimes I'll realize that my hand slowly moves back towards/onto the knob, usually when I'm doing mostly wristers.
My slapshot is not as good when it is on the knob.

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I do this too, I donít understand how you toedrag when your hand isnít on the knob.

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I was always taught the knob goes in the middle of the palm.

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I skate without the puck with my hand on the knob but I move it down when I have the puck or am about to get it. I keep my pinkie off the end of the stick across the knob though. It wears out the palm of my left glove really fast though. I've had no palm for 6 years in that glove and the other one is just fine.

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I do the exact same as you do. Works great for me.
Ditto

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hey whatever works for you .... I have a good wristshot and an incredibly awesome slapshot that breaks glass sometimes.

i do not use a knob, I just crisscross twisted up tape into a rope like appearance wrappit in a criss cross pattern and then taping over that to make a ribbed handle with no knob.

okay i suck at describing it but whatever.

The problem i have though in return is that the palm of my handle hand wears out very VERY quickly in the middle of the palm so whenever I buy new gloves I contact cement a leather patch where i always get a hole and just replace the patch which saves the palm of my glove.

In any case as stated whatever works for you personally is what you should do. Eever look at Ward's stick handle for the bruins .... i would never be able to play with that whittled down thing. he sucks heavily at stick handle making but hey .... it works for him.

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Small knob and pinkie off... and really my index finger isn't really holding onto the stick, it actually barely touches the stick at most times.

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I was always taught the knob goes in the middle of the palm.
Same here.

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I did the same thing until I switched to Tacki Mac grips, and now I choke up just a bit so my pinky is resting on the knob.

As for the glove wear, try making the edge of the shaft as round/smooth as possible. The Tacki Mac grips I'm using now are the best for glove wear, white cloth seems the next closest.

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The knob of my stick is usually in line with my ring finger.

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I guess I'm not the only one who holds the knob then!

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The problem i have though in return is that the palm of my handle hand wears out very VERY quickly in the middle of the palm so whenever I buy new gloves I contact cement a leather patch where i always get a hole and just replace the patch which saves the palm of my glove.
My one glove wears out pretty fast too... the holes usually show up on my pinky finger and the edge of my palm which is where the end of the shaft does most of the rubbbing. Taping over the end of the stick to smooth out the corners seems to help a bit though.

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I've never heard of a player holding the knob but it's an interesting concept. Seems like it would improve your range of motion for stickhandling but you'd need to move your top hand off the knob if you were going to make a sweep check or other one-handed move. For those who hold the knob, are any of you defensemen?

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The knob of my stick is usually in line with my ring finger.
I do the same. My knob, though is just a few tape rounds. Tried w/o it, but got it back.

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I've never heard of a player holding the knob but it's an interesting concept. Seems like it would improve your range of motion for stickhandling but you'd need to move your top hand off the knob if you were going to make a sweep check or other one-handed move. For those who hold the knob, are any of you defensemen?
I normally play right wing but do play defense occasionally when needed as well. It's not like the knob I have is huge either... it's maybe 8 to 10 layers of tape. I should take a pic and post it here later.

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I've never heard of a player holding the knob but it's an interesting concept. Seems like it would improve your range of motion for stickhandling but you'd need to move your top hand off the knob if you were going to make a sweep check or other one-handed move. For those who hold the knob, are any of you defensemen?
Absolutely not.

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I've never heard of a player holding the knob but it's an interesting concept. Seems like it would improve your range of motion for stickhandling but you'd need to move your top hand off the knob if you were going to make a sweep check or other one-handed move. For those who hold the knob, are any of you defensemen?
No you don't. If you have a knob sized to fit in your hand well your stick does not go flying out.

I have my knob sized so that it pretty much perfectly fits the negative space formed when my hand is in it's natural relaxed curl. I don't have to put much effort into holding it there, and I put ridges in it so it stays very well. I think I've lost my stick in game play all of twice ever, and never when making a stick check.

I'll take a pic in a minute to show you.





I wish I could take a pic with gloves, but they're at home right now.


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I've never heard of a player holding the knob but it's an interesting concept. Seems like it would improve your range of motion for stickhandling but you'd need to move your top hand off the knob if you were going to make a sweep check or other one-handed move. For those who hold the knob, are any of you defensemen?
I'm a defensemen that holds the knob, really never tried anything else.

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I'm pretty sure you are supposed to hold the knob. that's how I've always learned, and the only people I have ever played with who hold further down the shaft are usually plugs or benders.

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No you don't. If you have a knob sized to fit in your hand well your stick does not go flying out.

I have my knob sized so that it pretty much perfectly fits the negative space formed when my hand is in it's natural relaxed curl. I don't have to put much effort into holding it there, and I put ridges in it so it stays very well. I think I've lost my stick in game play all of twice ever, and never when making a stick check.

I'll take a pic in a minute to show you.





I wish I could take a pic with gloves, but they're at home right now.
That's a nice Canadian tuxedo you're wearing.

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A Canadian tuxedo is a jean jacket with blue jeans...he's wearing a flannel

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