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Frequently Asked Questions...

Hockey Flex Help?

Im 5,11 without skates and 150 lbs. I know im supposed to get around an 85 flex. But when I'm buying a stick online, i dont know where its says the flex or its says like regular, stiff, medium, something like that. Also Im a forward, I play left wing, should i get a senior stick and shave it down a bit, and what type of toe is better for wrist shots and slapshots. Cuz i love to do both. Plz help anyway you can becuase I'm in a dilema in what type of stick I should buy. Thanks

Best Answer...


It's not that you should use an 85, you should use whatever gives you the best performance. If you've got weaker arms and you can't get a good flex out of an 85, then you should move down in flex. Don't go by what people think you should use, I'm a lot bigger than you and I used a 65 flex and fire rocket wrist shots with it.

More than just wood comes in mid-medium-stiff.

TPS, CCM, RBK and a few smaller companies use the word rather than a number. Their standard, regular, medium, etc should be in the 85-90 flex range.

As for buying a senior stick- it depends on how much you cut it down. If it's a few inches, you should be fine. Any more and you should go with an intermediate as cutting the stick will raise the flex of it.

There isn't any curve that's better for one type of shot or another. I use a heel curve and have a great wrist shot. It comes down to what works best for your technique and style.

I would suggest getting a cheaper composite shaft and a few cheap wood blades to figure out what flex and curve you like if you're not sure on anything. Less money lost if it ends up not working out and you might be able to sell it to teammates. If you can't sell the shaft or blades, you'll have a good backup for when you get a stick that really works for you.

Best of luck!