HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Rink
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
The Rink For the not so ready for prime-time players, coaches, referees, and the people that have to live with them. Discuss experiences in local leagues, coaching tips, equipment, and training.

OPS or 2-piece w/tapered shaft

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
01-21-2007, 07:47 PM
  #1
crashlanding
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chicago
Country: United States
Posts: 7,605
vCash: 500
OPS or 2-piece w/tapered shaft

I'm looking to get one of these but after watching all of the sticks break in the NHL, I don't want to get one if it won't last much longer than the warranty. What worries me the most is the number of sticks that break on face-offs because I'm a centerman. What's the downside to going to a 2-piece with a tapered shaft, I've read they are similar performance wise?

Weight isn't too much of a problem, I mean I don't want something as heavy as a wooden stick, but my current shaft is about 300 grams not including a wooden blade. Also, do the 2-pieces last longer than the OPS?

crashlanding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 07:52 PM
  #2
redlighthockey
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: East Coast
Posts: 95
vCash: 500
I never noticed the difference between my synthesis and sl, or my 7k and rebok 2 piece. Go with what you like as you won't see much of a performance change. Also take into consideration, do you mostly brake blades or shafts? Some players have a tendency to break a lot of shafts, thus making the 2 piece pointless, and expensive.

redlighthockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 07:57 PM
  #3
TBLfan
Registered User
 
TBLfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,148
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to TBLfan
the only difference performance wise will be a little bit of added weight. If you break a lot of blades two-piece is certainly the way to go.

TBLfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 08:00 PM
  #4
crashlanding
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chicago
Country: United States
Posts: 7,605
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by redlighthockey View Post
I never noticed the difference between my synthesis and sl, or my 7k and rebok 2 piece. Go with what you like as you won't see much of a performance change. Also take into consideration, do you mostly brake blades or shafts? Some players have a tendency to break a lot of shafts, thus making the 2 piece pointless, and expensive.
To be honest I haven't broken a shaft in years and I think that might have been due to overheating when I was changing blades.

That may also be because I think I've been using a stick that is too stiff (Easton Ultralite 110). I get decent flex on my slapshot and some of my snapshots, but not too much on my wristers and my release isn't as quick as I'd like it. I still have a pretty good shot though, which is why the thought of moving to a tapered shaft of 100 stiffness is exciting.

crashlanding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 08:56 PM
  #5
TBLfan
Registered User
 
TBLfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,148
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to TBLfan
oh so you've used shaft blade combos before... good. Well many people can't tell the difference between a tapered shaft and a standard. I personally like the tapered shafts because I feel like I can "feel" the puck better with tapered shafts but still my favorite combo is a pro stock standard flyweight shaft I have. Which basically goes to show that it's not soo much the tapered shaft, it's the quality or build of the shaft.

I'd tell you to try it out, it couldn't hurt. Are you looking into anything specific?

TBLfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 09:47 PM
  #6
crashlanding
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chicago
Country: United States
Posts: 7,605
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by TBLfan View Post
I'd tell you to try it out, it couldn't hurt. Are you looking into anything specific?
Its funny, I think I'm going to switch up a lot from what I'm used to. I've used Easton shafts for years...started with a $40 shaft, went to ultra-carbon (my favorite stick that got taken out of production before I snapped it in a tournament, and I had a hattrick the game before ), then I've been using an ultra-lite ever since, I had a grip lite, it was okay but it got stolen.

Anyways, that's besides the point. Through all of those sticks I've used the Shanahan blade pattern, since that's off the market I've switched to the Coffey from Sherwood. I'm thinking of going with a flatter curve though so I can catch passes/shoot better with my backhand (I think the Coffey is 3/4").

Right now I haven't looked too much past the Synergy II since I've had pretty good luck/like the feel of Easton sticks. I asked to try out one of my teammates' OPS during warmups and the feel on the release was great.

Now that my blade is cracking on my ultra-lite I figured I might as well give a new stick a shot.

Has anyone heard anything good/bad on the Synergy II?

crashlanding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 10:02 PM
  #7
TBLfan
Registered User
 
TBLfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,148
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to TBLfan
Actually you can find ultra-carbons online, just rarely. I think hockey.lax.com has some.

A synergy II is basically a SL, the blades can lacking of durability. So you might want to explore other options for blades. Also just to let you know Nike/Bauer has XXXlite tapered shafts coming out in a couple/few months if you want to go that route.

TBLfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 10:25 PM
  #8
crashlanding
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chicago
Country: United States
Posts: 7,605
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by TBLfan View Post
Actually you can find ultra-carbons online, just rarely. I think hockey.lax.com has some.

A synergy II is basically a SL, the blades can lacking of durability. So you might want to explore other options for blades. Also just to let you know Nike/Bauer has XXXlite tapered shafts coming out in a couple/few months if you want to go that route.
Oh it wasn't an ultra carbon, it had a similar name to it and I've seen the ultra carbon since so that's what stuck in my head.

It had a weird convex-concave shaft that fit your handedness. I think I got it around '99.

Thanks for all your help with the sticks.

crashlanding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 11:30 PM
  #9
TBLfan
Registered User
 
TBLfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,148
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to TBLfan
carbon tip?

TBLfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-21-2007, 11:53 PM
  #10
crashlanding
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chicago
Country: United States
Posts: 7,605
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by TBLfan View Post
carbon tip?
Yeah, I think that's it. It's still broken and lying in my closet at my parents' house. I kept it on hand so I'd remember the name, doesn't help when I'm 700 miles away.

crashlanding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-22-2007, 02:42 AM
  #11
Happy Pony
Registered User
 
Happy Pony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Columbus
Country: United States
Posts: 2,659
vCash: 500
I would say go for the tapered shaft and blade combo. That way you can try different curves if you want. You can also try different combinations, easton blade with rbk shaft, vice versa, so on and so forth, and find what works best for you.

Happy Pony is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:01 PM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"
Contact Us - HFBoards - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Advertise - Top - AdChoices

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2014 All Rights Reserved.