View Full Version : Help with Shooting!!
09-04-2006, 04:42 PM
I was also wondering about some other information on stick blades. Does an open toe help the wrist shot or does it just help lift the puck? Is it good for fliping the puck up. What about all the toe curves, heel curves, and mid curves. What are the characteristics of each. What curve (player) gives the best wrist shot for you guys. I would really appreciate some suggestions. Thanks a lot!
09-05-2006, 12:39 AM
The type of stick that will work best depends on things like: Position, Player size, shot preference, surface etc. Up until I graduated high school I was a mostly a forward, but now the the last few years I have been playing defense and so my setup is different than before. You may just want to try a few sticks at your local hockey shop. See what feels the best.
09-05-2006, 10:35 AM
It wasn't that long ago that stick selection and its subsequent game preparation were relatively simple tasks. The choices were limited - sticks were natural wood color, blades were straight and the actual lie was clearly marked on the shaft. In addition, all sticks were adult size, but were cut off to suit any youngster. Black tape was thrown on the blade and a knob was made, and then the player was ready to dazzle the opposition.
Welcome to the age of the stick revolution. There are numerous theories about proper stick selection and rather then try to convince you that mine is the best, I would like to provide some pointers as well as reminders.
1. Stick selection is a very important and personal moment. They really shouldn't be given as a present and the buyer should avoid being rushed for the time.
2. A reputable dealer will have the greatest selection and the freshest sticks available.
3. Although it will play a role in a player's choice - a stick's color, manufacturer and its model (often patterned after a professional) are only variables and they should not dictate the ultimate decision.
4. Every player is different and they have varying needs. The stick must feel comfortable.
5. The human body and mind are capable of adjusting to virtually any situation. Try to select a stick that suits your skating style rather than adapting your style to the stick. The 90 degree to 100 degree hockey set position should not be compromised. That is why the lie is so critical. A lower lie will be farther away from your body than a higher one, which allows you to generate more power for shooting, but less puck control. A lie may be altered by shaving the heel (lower) or the toe (higher).
6. The curve (more of a cup) does generate more power for shooting, but it does reduce puck control. Try to consider the amount of time in a game you spend stickhandling and passing versus shooting.
7. Consider the size of the shaft and the length and height of the blade. Once, again these can be altered, but it might weaken the stick.
8. The flex of the shaft generates a great deal of power for shooting purposes. Most players tend to lean towards stiff shafts that require a great deal of physical strength.
9. The difference between wood, graphite, carbon and aluminum sticks are numerous. It boils down to a question of comfort, and for some convenience.
10. The length of the stick will always be a source of controversy. A shorter one allows you better puck control whereas a longer one can allow you to generate more power, but less accuracy. The lie plays a role in the stick's length. One that is lower can be longer than a lie for the same player.
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