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12-25-2013, 02:37 AM
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what flex should i use?

I play ball hockey and I'm about 5'6 and 145 pounds. I have a good wrister, decent snapper and a decent slap shot. very good hands. This is with a wood stick. For a composite one piece stick I'm debating between an intermediate 67 flex which when cut down will be about 71 flex, or a Senior 75 flex which when cut down will be about 82. can anybody shed some light on what flex i should use? What's unusual is that my stick length is long. it comes up midway to my nose and I can still stick handle great.


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Intermediate flex

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I'd say it depends also on how strong you are, your 145 pounds could be muscle but also fat. I'm a little taller and heavier and had fun using intermediate flexes (65-70), but my shot was best with a 75 flex senior.

It is also preference, I know a few guys weaker than me and even some girls using 85+ flexes, because they do not like the feel of an intermediate flex, or can't catch hard passes with a softer stick.

You'll have to try and find out yourself.

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At your height, probably no more than a 55 or 60 INT. Could also consider junior sticks if you don't take a ton of slap shots, face-offs, stick abuse and want to really load up your shots quickly.

You need to try it out to know for sure, but I don't think using a senior stick would benefit you at all.

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I'd say it depends also on how strong you are, your 145 pounds could be muscle but also fat. I'm a little taller and heavier and had fun using intermediate flexes (65-70), but my shot was best with a 75 flex senior.

It is also preference, I know a few guys weaker than me and even some girls using 85+ flexes, because they do not like the feel of an intermediate flex, or can't catch hard passes with a softer stick.

You'll have to try and find out yourself.
I'm in pretty good shape. Not much fat. I'd say my strength is average though.

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I weigh 145 pounds, just like you, but I'm much taller (6') and I use an 87 or a 95 flex stick for ball hockey. I suggest you take an intermediate 70 flex.

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Take the 71 flex or a 75 flex if you can find one.

Usually you calculate your weight divided by two and use that as your flex. It's the general rule. Give or take if you prefer taking wristers(take) or if you prefer slappers(give).

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I don't intend to drastically drag us all off topic but let me vent and explain. If we're talking ice hockey, you need to use a stick based on your strength. It doesn't matter how tall you are or how much you weight. If you're 210 and can not flex above a 90 well, use an 85. If you're 185 cut and strong, flex a 110 with ease? Use a 110. Strength and what shot you take determines your flex. Nothing pre-canned.

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At your height I would go with a standard intermediate flex.

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I don't intend to drastically drag us all off topic but let me vent and explain. If we're talking ice hockey, you need to use a stick based on your strength. It doesn't matter how tall you are or how much you weight. If you're 210 and can not flex above a 90 well, use an 85. If you're 185 cut and strong, flex a 110 with ease? Use a 110. Strength and what shot you take determines your flex. Nothing pre-canned.
Absolutely false. Height matters more than anything when picking stick flex. Haven't you noticed that when you cut a stick down it gets stiffer?

Let's take two guys who can both bench 225. One is 6'2 the other is 5'6. If they cut the sticks to their noses, one guy's stick is going to be 8" shorter than the other. That's the difference between a stick feeling like 85 flex or feeling like 120 flex.

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I'm fully with Jarick on this one. There's clearly a difference between a default flex to which the stick is made (one that is at regular length) and a target flex to which one wants to achieve after height, weight, strength, preference etc. are taken into consideration.

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Absolutely false. Height matters more than anything when picking stick flex. Haven't you noticed that when you cut a stick down it gets stiffer?

Let's take two guys who can both bench 225. One is 6'2 the other is 5'6. If they cut the sticks to their noses, one guy's stick is going to be 8" shorter than the other. That's the difference between a stick feeling like 85 flex or feeling like 120 flex.
That's true, yes of course. I'm figuring most people know about how cutting changes the flex. What I was referring to is the end flex for the user after cutting and so forth.

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