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Second only to a hockey player's skates, hockey sticks are a very important part of hockey equipment.
There are several different styles, and many different brands to choose from. A general understanding
of the different qualities of hockey sticks will help you to choose the right one. One-piece versus Two-piece Hockey
Hockey sticks consist of two different parts, the shaft and the blade. Sometimes these parts are permanently fused together to make them a one-piece stick, and at other times, hockey sticks are two-piece. One-piece hockey sticks usually cost a bit less and are replaced more frequently. Two-piece hockey sticks allow for either the blade or the shaft to be replaced, depending on which part is damaged.
Flexibility of Hockey Sticks
When shopping for hockey sticks, consider the type of flexibility that you would prefer as a player. Beginning players typically need a greater amount of flexibility, because this can improve puck control. Unfortunately, a more flexible stick is often less durable, so you may want to choose a stick that has a medium flex.
Flexibility is measured and will often appear as a number on the side of the hockey stick shaft. A stick with a flex rating of 80 will be very flexible, while a stick with a rating of 120 will be extra stiff.
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Wood Hockey Sticks
Wood hockey sticks provide a great amount of puck control, but are more likely to break. They cost significantly less than composite sticks, as well. The original type of stick is the one-piece wood hockey stick, and it is rarely used anymore. A more traditional style of wood hockey sticks is the two-piece and has a fiberglass joint for more flexibility. The average cost of wood hockey sticks is $25.
Composite Hockey Sticks
A very popular and much more expensive option, composite hockey sticks are crafted from synthetic materials, such as graphite or Kevlar, and are available in one- and two-piece designs. Composite hockey sticks tend to last longer than wood hockey sticks, and are known to make a shot faster. With a lighter weight and improved puck control, composite hockey sticks are especially popular for offensive players.
Hockey players should try many types of hockey sticks to determine which design best suits their playing style. Other factors, such as length and lie of hockey sticks, can improve or deter from any player’s game. Enjoy :)