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11-09-2011, 12:24 AM
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What am I doing wrong.

Roller hockey player transitioning to ice.

I always crack my blade near the back of the neck (as the blade goes up to the shaft). When I was playing roller, I just chalked it up to low end sticks and playing asphalt type surfaces. But now it is happening on ice. Low-end composite and high-end composite, one and two piece. The only blade that lasts more than two sessions is a cheap wooden RBK. Its literally a small (horizontal) crack, but I hear it when the puck leaves my stick and it annoys me to no end. I can't really tell if its affecting the shot though.

Should I be playing through this? Is there something that I'm doing wrong with my mechanics (without actually seeing them)?

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11-09-2011, 09:22 AM
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That could only result as a consequence of excessive wear and tear on that section of the blade. It could be that the lie is too high in that more of the heel comes into contact with the ice as opposed to the entire blade equally. It could be that your heel hits the ice first when you're shooting or it could be that you're just tapping the ice a lot calling for passes. Who knows?

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11-09-2011, 10:04 AM
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This is common with Eastons and the last couple models of Warrior sticks.

Do you like to use a two-piece stick? I could give some recommendations for more durable blades. The Harrow 300 blade is a tank for tapered blades and Bauer Total One for standard. Otherwise for one piece sticks check out Bauer and Easton ST models.

You could also try the lower lie like Air mentioned. I personally use a higher lie because I shoot close to the body and I have only had issues with certain models like I mentioned above.

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I would suggest changing your lie. That should help(depends greatly if you skate tall-upright, or bent knees. Maybe try borrowing one of your teamates stick for a period or two. Tape the blade before you use it so you can see an wear pattern.

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