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08-20-2007, 12:28 PM
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Smarthockey Ball or Flypuck?

I'm looking at getting an off ice training aid, and I can't decide between the Smarthockey ball or the flypuck, has anyone used both and what do you recommend?

How durable is the flypuck?

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08-20-2007, 01:23 PM
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smart hockey ball >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> fly puck

Hell, IDS and CCM roller pucks are better than the fly puck

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I got the Smart Ball, it's pimp

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After seeing the FlyPuck I want it now, I already have a Smarthockey Ball.

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smart hockey ball >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> fly puck

Hell, IDS and CCM roller pucks are better than the fly puck
what exactly makes the smartball better?

thanks btw for the response.

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08-20-2007, 03:36 PM
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the fly puck claims to work on any surface including cement. well the cement they tried it one must be the smoothest stuff of all time, because all it did was flop around on cement.

smartball unless you have acess to a super smooth surface.

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Smarthockey ball works on all surfaces, Fly puck only works on smoth concrete, i like the Smarthockey ball better cause it's a ball and is really good for stickhandling practice.

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well my local shop was sold out of balls so I bought a fly puck. At first glance it seems nice, much closer to actual weight than most roller pucks. I took it on my back patio which is basically normal white concrete and it slides well enough to stick handle with and doesn't flip more than a normal puck.

However after 5 minutes of use it was already showing wear and tear, I think I'll just order a ball off the internet if I can't find one at a local shop.

but if you have access to a really smooth surface like a gym court or something, the fly puck would probably work really well on it and net get very torn apart.

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Ball is OK to improve coordination, but motions aren't the ones you want to commit to your muscle memory. It's significantly smaller and way more forgiving than puck - which will show when you take your ball-learning skills to the ice. I half-weight puck an a very smooth surface worked well for me.

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08-25-2007, 10:40 PM
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smarthockey ball ftw. it's helped me a ton over the last year

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Smarthockey ball, I've used it the last two summers and I just skate around and stickhandle it's helped me alot, I've also used the swedish wood stickhandling ball and it was ok too. Nothing beats a puck though so if you can find a chunk of flat plastic or anything like that you can use a normal puck to work on your stick handling.

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08-26-2007, 02:54 PM
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Yeah, a Swedish Stickhandling ball is great too, but it's pratically just like a golf ball just wooden.

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I love the smarthockey ball it's great for 2 reasons. its great to take with you to a game to get a little warmed up before you actually go and warm up and it works well on just about any surface.

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I use both.

As someone pointed out, the motions with the smart ball are not the same as a puck. It really is far more forgiving, and I don't consider it ideal for developing stickhandling habits. Again, as someone pointed out, is it really good for coordination though. You can get used to the movement of the ball, and work on hand-eye coordination, and quick hands much easier.

The flypuck, as others pointed out, is best used on an extremely smooth concrete surface. Garage floors are a pretty good example. Because the flypuck is the same size (with varied degrees of weight) as a real puck, I like it better for developing muscle memory and developing good habits. It's also closer to how you can expect a puck to react to your stickhandling. If you're chopping at it with your stick, instead of cradling it, while you stickhandle you're going to find it fluttering a bit. It's not as durable as the smart ball, but it's also not the least bit fragile, so long as you use it on the smooth concrete surfaces.

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smarthockey ball because the flypuck barely slides it rolls all over.

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smarthockey ball because the flypuck barely slides it rolls all over.
Huh. A puck rolls?

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Huh. A puck rolls?

I play on the smoothest surface i can find and it goes on it's side and rolls. Only because it hits a small rock.

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Used to manage a hockey shop, and the smart hockey ball is the way to go. The weight is about right, and its easy to use anywhere.

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10-31-2008, 03:24 PM
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Flypuck VS. Smarth Ball

My son has been using his Flypuck for over 1 year and it works great.

Better then ball. Do you see balls on the ice?

Get a Flypuck and you will love it. They slide on mostly anything

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If you can find some plexiglass, or a smooth piece of wood, then go for a good ol' fashioned puck.

Note: Don't be an %#^@ like me and take a slapshot on plexiglass. That took forever to clean up....

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Smartball rocks. I have one and it's great. If you have a concrete/brick wall then you can practice pass/receive off it. The ball bounces off hard surfaces with quite a bit of zip to it.

I also have a flypuck, but haven't really found it to be as useful yet.

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smarthockey ball is awesome. mimics a puck's weight, centre of gravity and rolls smoothly so it works well but like others have said, it's not going to translate to a puck perfectly but it is better than the flypuck.

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I got the smartpuck, and unless its silky smooth surface the puck flops around all the time

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