Besides length, what is the difference between the senior and intermediate sticks? I know the int's have more flex and what not. I was at a buddy of mines house and grabbed one of his sticks. It felt like the shaft might have been smaller than the stick I use. Couldn't really tell with the blade. But I felt like I had so much grip around it. More control than what I get with my stick. He said it was an intermediate. I cut my sticks down anyways, and I'm thinking of buying an int stick to see how I like it. But are the int's just smaller all around?
An intermediate stick will often (but not always) have a smaller shaft in width/depth/whatever you want to call it in addition to length, is the main difference. Some might have slightly smaller blades, but not many.
Thanks! I think I'm gonna pick one up. Give it a shot.
If you a re a smaller guy they are great. I am 5' 8'' 145ish and I use them. I don't really have to cut them down and I can really use the flex. If I cut down a senior 75 flex they jump to 80ish which is just too much (I like a whippy stick). 65 flex cut to 70 is just perfect.
Yea I'm exactly 5'10. I dunno how much the weight plays into it but Im around 175. I grew up playing with wood sticks and have only been using composites for the last couple of years. When I do get composites of course I get seniors, and while I'm not weak by any means, I think the 85 flex is a little much. I even cut a few inches off so I'm guessing that makes it stiffer as well. I think It'll be fun playing with a whippier stick.
Sticks are a whole lot of personal preference. The general rule for a starting point is half your weight but if you're shorter/taller that value can be skewed. Your weight says you should try a 85 flex but you might not have the leverage or strength get the most out of it.
Intermediates, as everyone has said, will be a thinner shaft and lower flex. I'd suggest getting a cheapo intermediate in a 65 or 70 flex just to see if you like the whip. You might also look at a 75 flex senior stick. I use Reebok 8K sticks in a 75 flex cut down to about 80 flex and love it. I'm 5'10" and 155lbs and I can get some strong flex out of it.
You could be fine with a 75 flex, but you might prefer a 70-ish flex. Depends on how long you cut them down. I would go to a store and look at the intermediates and see how they feel. There shouldn't be a quality difference, just a flex difference.
I think I'm gonna go with a Warrior. It's what I've been using. It's also what kind of stick my buddy has....I dunno what line but I don't really think that matters. But if I'm not down with the int maybe I'll try the Nexus next in a senior if they're whippier. And thanks, btw.