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06-15-2009, 08:57 PM
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Hockey stick length

hi guys,

most of my sticks have been from the ground up to my eyebrows or so. i always hear people saying that your hockey stick should be up to your mouth or nose.

ive never cut my sticks before but when i was using my friends stick a few days ago which is up to a little under my nose i noticed that i was getting off better slap shots which is one part of my game that is not up to par.

by cutting the end of my stick about an inch or two give me more velocity on my slap shot or is it the same deal?

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hi guys,

most of my sticks have been from the ground up to my eyebrows or so. i always hear people saying that your hockey stick should be up to your mouth or nose.

ive never cut my sticks before but when i was using my friends stick a few days ago which is up to a little under my nose i noticed that i was getting off better slap shots which is one part of my game that is not up to par.

by cutting the end of my stick about an inch or two give me more velocity on my slap shot or is it the same deal?
Sounds like your sticks are way too long. In your shoes, a stick shouldn't come past the start of your nose, except in rare cases. A very long long stick can really hurt your puck handling and shot too.

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Your stick when standing on the ground should be at your chin or just a bit higher. Anything above that and your puck-handling ability will go down quickly. Some d-men prefer a.slightly longer stick for poke checking and slap shot, but in general I would not go much higher than your chin.

Most kids play with too long a stick to begin with. They think having a longer stick will give them a bigger slapshot and while this is true, it is not the most important skill to have.

Anyways, hope that helps.

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If you have a cheap backup stick or cheap wood stick, give it a shot.

At 5'8", I started out using sticks that were above my eyebrows in bare feet (about to my nose in skates), went down to my nose in bare feet (chin in skates), now down to my upper lip in bare feet (just below chin in skates), and am considering cutting down another 1/2" to 1" to get to just below my lower lip in bare feet (below my chin in skates).

Part of the reason I keep going shorter is that I have more control over the puck both in stickhandling and shooting. By keeping the puck closer to my body, it gets stripped off my stick less often, the stick is shorter so my movements are quicker, and it's closer to my body so I can get a quicker shot off with more accuracy.

Another thing that helps is working to keep my hands and stick out in front of me instead of tucked into my body. That makes the stick seem a couple inches longer than it is as well as helps receive passes and improves accuracy of shots and passes.

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I agree with everyone here, maybe you should have a chin length stick as your primary stick and maybe a longer one (nose length) when you are playing defensive or on a penalty kill

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Sounds like your stick is longer then you can handle well. And by most any measure, that's way too long. Cut it down to about that length, to your nose on skates is a long stick.

If you cut it down you'll be able to get your blade more square on the ice, and you'll see a better shot and much better stickhandling.

You absolutely need to cut that stick.

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Keep in mind that the most important thing is what is comfortable for you. I am about 5'8" and use an uncut Mission. No problems stickhandling, shooting or playing D.

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It is all personal preference. I use a fairly long stick, but up to your eyebrows seams a little excessive. Mine is a little over my nose (about at the bridge) without skates. So right where my sweet, sweet moustache should be with skates on.

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thanks guys, i cut my stick up to a little under my nose, i was talking about ball hockey which i may have forgot to mention.

even so, i feel way more comfortable like this and i dont really need the longer stick as im a rw.

thanks again

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I was hoping someone would post the Pierre Maguire video.

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I was hoping someone would post the Pierre Maguire video.
Are you referring to some variation of this?


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Are you referring to some variation of this?

But no, this.


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Holy **** that's creepy. He even looks him in the eyes when he says that.

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It is all personal preference. I use a fairly long stick, but up to your eyebrows seams a little excessive. Mine is a little over my nose (about at the bridge) without skates. So right where my sweet, sweet moustache should be with skates on.
I almost spit out my coffee!

In that case, I just cut down my stick to where my wispy Fleury-esque soul patch is in bare feet.

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Wisdom from the 70's (and Howie Meeker).


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I've had a small personal revelation recently: The proper length of the stick changes with the lie of that stick! A 4 lie vs 6 will have to be different lengths so that the blade is touching the entire surface of the ice while carrying the puck. So it depends on the player and the stick itself what is the correct length. It shouldn't be cut until you've skated around while adjusting the top hand to the proper length.

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I've had a small personal revelation recently: The proper length of the stick changes with the lie of that stick! A 4 lie vs 6 will have to be different lengths so that the blade is touching the entire surface of the ice while carrying the puck. So it depends on the player and the stick itself what is the correct length. It shouldn't be cut until you've skated around while adjusting the top hand to the proper length.

this is 100 percent true, when i moved to a PM9 curve from a P92, i had to keep an extra 1/4 inch on the pm9 for them to feel proper. the curve of the stick also changes the length two, especially when you switch from a round tow to a square toe. i have to add a bit of length to the square toed stick

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I cut mine around collar bone height. I just found this site and it seems I'm not alone.

http://www.cuthockeysticks.com/

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I'm a little longer than Meeker's recommendation but overall I really like his teachings. Have a vintage copy of his old hockey book and there's not one sentence in it about shooting the puck. It's all skating, puck control, and passing.

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I cut mine around collar bone height. I just found this site and it seems I'm not alone.

http://www.cuthockeysticks.com/
I find low kickpoint sticks to work just fine when cut that short (old tymer style which, which I like)

but anything mid-kickpoint ish I find is much harder to load

I definately prefer a shorter stick, and inbetween the colarbone and chin works for me (on skates)

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First game after chopping off 3 inches so it now goes to my collarbone. Why did I not so this years ago? Feels so much better with the puck, so much easier to control the puck when it's in my feet. Now my other sticks at the old length feel too long.

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First game after chopping off 3 inches so it now goes to my collarbone. Why did I not so this years ago? Feels so much better with the puck, so much easier to control the puck when it's in my feet. Now my other sticks at the old length feel too long.
absolutely!

only 2 things suffer when you cut it really short...
#1 - slap/snap shots, and yes it is a significant difference, but can be mitigated by buying a lesser flex stick with a low kick point
#2 - If you are a d'man or a power forward... I think its important to be able to use your body to protect the puck... and with that, you may lose up to 6inches each way, so that "can" be significant when you're wheeling up a lane/wing

otherwise, the benefits are tremendous, especially when playing less skilled players

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absolutely!

only 2 things suffer when you cut it really short...
#1 - slap/snap shots, and yes it is a significant difference, but can be mitigated by buying a lesser flex stick with a low kick point
#2 - If you are a d'man or a power forward... I think its important to be able to use your body to protect the puck... and with that, you may lose up to 6inches each way, so that "can" be significant when you're wheeling up a lane/wing

otherwise, the benefits are tremendous, especially when playing less skilled players
I tend to favour lower flex sticks anyways. Also noticed my wrist shot feels better.

This is what made me change it up, when that many hall of famers have theirs at their collarbone, makes you think: http://www.cuthockeysticks.com/

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Hmmm... I want to cut down my backup as an experiment now, but I don't have the tools...

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Hmmm... I want to cut down my backup as an experiment now, but I don't have the tools...
You really only need a hacksaw. If you want to get fancy you can use an electric saw. I use my dad's electric reciprocating saw, cuts through most sticks like butter.

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