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10-24-2001, 07:12 PM
This year for my science fair project in am doing "The effect of the curve of the blade on the speed of a hockey puck." I have been searching all over for information on the curve of a blade and I can't seem to find any information. If you have any articles or journal entries (preferably)- or websites-on the curve of the blade of a hockey stick or any information about the hockey puck (either a roller ball, roller puck, or ice puck) could you please send it to me. Thank you very much for your time and effort. I can't wait for your response.
10-25-2001, 10:56 AM
You're better off doing 'flex of the stick' than curve of the blade, because curve has no effect on speed of the shot.
10-25-2001, 03:34 PM
so if i did it on the curve of the blade, what effect does it have? if any. Or if i did it on the flex of a stick how would i be albe to measure and test it (just us different flex sticks?)
10-25-2001, 04:17 PM
I agree, the flex of a stick is what has something to do with the speed of the shot. Basically different strengths like different flexes(There are acceptions to the rule though) If a stick flexes too much it will either break, or become very "soft" after a few shots. Using a stiffer stick will keep the "snap" in the stick. For snapshots it is nice to have a little more flex in the stick.
The curve of a blade is basically just help to getting the puck up off the ice!
Hope that helps a little!
Phil Christie, Ontario Hyper Titans #24
10-25-2001, 04:50 PM
Go get a sponsor, because it's going to get expensive ;)
Actually, just research flex of some of the most popular sticks on the market (aka Sherwood 5030 & 9950 Coffey and LeClair, Easton Synergy Yzerman & Sakic, etc)
As already mentioned, even though the curves of the blades will differ, after enough practice this will offer little or no effect on the speed of the puck. BUT, it does initially have some effect on a person who isn't used to the curve, and doesn't initially strike the puck correctly. This is corrected with practice.
10-26-2001, 12:11 PM
Try contacting a minor league ice hockey team in your area. They might have some sticks lying around that they can lend you (or give you) for your project.
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