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10-03-2010, 11:58 AM
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Picking the right stick - What to look for?

So, I recently found out that my stick with 102 flex was in no way the right stick for me.

Height:5'5
Weight:140 LBS

So, now I need to go buy a stick that's right for me and I honestly have no idea were to start. I wanted to just buy it online and have it arrive at my house (Yes, I'm lazy)...

I play for a Mens hockey league and pick-up hockey over the summer...I don't need a super-expensive stick but I don't mind spending the extra money if it's worth the investment (I'm a college student).

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At 5'5 140 you should be using an intermediate 65 flex

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I'm 16 5'11 and 135 pounds and I use a 95 flex stick and that works fine for me.

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I'm 16 5'11 and 135 pounds and I use a 95 flex stick and that works fine for me.
Im basically the sme size as you give or take a few pounds and Im sure that if you tried a 70 (TPS) 77 or 75 flex SR stick, you'll notice a world of difference. I have a 70/Whip Flex TPS R6 and before that a 77 flex X:40 and those two are seriously night and day in terms of shooting compared to my older 92~ flex One55

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I'm 18 6'1 255lbs using a warrior dolomite Kovalev 100 flex, love it.

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I'm 5'5" 135 and a girl (and a beginner). I use a junior stick not cut down at all. It is much better for me than an 85 flex senior stick cut down a bunch! I'd say look at intermediate sticks because they won't get as stiff when you cut them down to length. And I love wooden sticks. The price is right too

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Im basically the sme size as you give or take a few pounds and Im sure that if you tried a 70 (TPS) 77 or 75 flex SR stick, you'll notice a world of difference. I have a 70/Whip Flex TPS R6 and before that a 77 flex X:40 and those two are seriously night and day in terms of shooting compared to my older 92~ flex One55
Ya I used a 75 flex before and it was not bad for wrist shots but I find that you need a stiffer stick for slap shots. Do you use a pro stock stick?

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I'm 5'6 and 145 I've been using a 2 piece setup with a Warrior Ak26 intermediate 70 flex and a Nike Bauer X:20 P92 curve.

Since I've gone from a one piece to a 2 piece I have been really happy with the Warrior shaft.

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I'm 6' 180 lbs, I've used a variety of stick flexes, my most recent stick is the flexiest yet and also by far my favourite (77 flex one95 with a P88 curve, cut down about 1/2"). If you take a lot of snap and wrist shots, you'll likely notice quite a big difference with a more flexible stick. Even small guys can use stiff sticks IF they are strong with excellent technique, but for your average beer leaguer a less stiff stick is generally better. Hell, Phil Kessel uses an intermediate stick, and a huge beast like Ovechkin uses a 77 flex senior. Some nice sticks around $100 for you would be:

http://www.hockeymonkey.com/bauer-ho...color-int.html
http://www.hockeymonkey.com/easton-h...stick-int.html
http://www.hockeymonkey.com/reebok-h...ck-6k-int.html
http://www.hockeymonkey.com/warrior-...grip-2009.html

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To the OP, but really to anyone. Dont be lazy and just order it online. Try a bunch of flexes. There are really only 4 flexes 75, 85, 100, 110, and for whatever reason, Bauer adds two to their ratings. If youre on a team, ask a bunch of guys if you can use their sticks in warmup. Take a couple of slappers and wristers and see what works for you. There is no surefire way to pick a flex without testing it on the ice because everybody has a different technique, and a different shot, so two people that are identical in size and strength could very possibly benefit from two different flexes.

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There's also 55, 65, and 75 flex intermediates. 65 flex would be a starting point IMO for your height. I use a 65 flex and am 5'8 175 pounds if that helps, and I don't cut them down.

It's not really about your weight or how strong you are as much as it is about the length. The longer the stick, the easier it is to bend. So if you're short and need a short stick, make sure it flexes so you can store energy and have a harder shot.

Here's a cool video that shows the importance of stick flex:


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I am 5'9 and 180-185 lbs. I have used both 87 & 65 flexes and I like the 65 better. I cut a couple inches off it and you'll probably need to cut off a little more. If I had to guess I would recommend a 65 flex based on your height and weight, b/c after you cut it down you will be looking at a flex in the mid-high 70s. I use an Easton SE6 stick with a Zetterberg curve. The stick retails for around $70 and I think that is a pretty good value.

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So, I recently found out that my stick with 102 flex was in no way the right stick for me.

Height:5'5
Weight:140 LBS

So, now I need to go buy a stick that's right for me and I honestly have no idea were to start. I wanted to just buy it online and have it arrive at my house (Yes, I'm lazy)...

I play for a Mens hockey league and pick-up hockey over the summer...I don't need a super-expensive stick but I don't mind spending the extra money if it's worth the investment (I'm a college student).

Jarrick reccomended I use..
I came up with a stick flex calculator that seems to be fairly accurate

Take your weight, then use half of that to start

Now you have modifiers
+5 If you have good technique
+5 If you are stronger than most people your weight
+5 if you take a lot of slapshots

-5 If you are not that great at shooting
-5 If you are weaker than most your weight
-10 if you take a lot of wrist shots and snapshots

I find this to get you pretty close, if not exactly at the flex you should be

I weigh 180 so I start at 90 flex
+5 for good technique
-10 for taking lots of wrist shots and snapshots

That puts me at 85 flex which is my preference.

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That doesn't account for preferred stick height though.

I guess if I had a "formula" though:

Junior - 5'2 and under
Intermediate - 5'2 to 5'7
Whip - 5'7 to 5'11
Regular - 5'11 to 6'2
Stiff - 6'2 and taller

Go up in flex if you're strong and/or use a longer stick; go down in flex if you're not strong and/or use a shorter stick.


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Ya I used a 75 flex before and it was not bad for wrist shots but I find that you need a stiffer stick for slap shots. Do you use a pro stock stick?
ha i never/cant do slappers, mostly wristers and the rare snapper... and no, 75-77 flex pro stocks are next to impossible to find as only a handful of players use them and their curve patterns are not what I prefer

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You should be using no higher than a 77 flex. Especially since your only 5'5" and 140. If you go to a senior 85, or even worse senior 100 flex, and cut it down a couple inches, you won't be able to get ANY flex on your wristers at all.

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