Managing Your Hockey Equipment: Choosing The Right Stick Flex

March 31st, 2010 by Greg Caggiano Leave a reply »
The flex of a hockey stick is very important, because it is a measure of how stiff the shaft of a stick is. The shaft is the straight part of the stick that stretches all the way down to the blade. When a hockey player makes thrusting motions with his stick, he needs the shaft to have the correct flex.

The worst thing in the world is for a hockey player to wake up the morning after a game, thinking about the night before, when his wrist shot deflated before it could even get to the net. The amount of flex in your stick can help determine how good of a player you will be.

Below are five surefire ways for you to choose the right flex:

1) Make sure to check the sides of every stick. There should be a number indicating the flex. If you see any unnatural markings, you should put the stick down immediately. The higher the flex, the more flexible the shaft will be.

2) Buy a stick based on your skill level. Beginners should start with cheap, but heavier sticks. Remember, they break easily and a catastrophe can occur if one breaks mid game. You can never have too much protection, so start out with a heavier stick.


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