For those playing ice hockey, ice hockey sticks are one of the essentials one must have. Never mind if you can’t don a complete set of uniform. The important thing is that you have your skates and your ice hockey stick. There are basically two types – the regular ice hockey stick and the goalie hockey sticks.
Regular hockey sticks are used by forwards and those in the defense line. Goalie hockey sticks differ in structure. They do not require curved blades since their main use is for blocking and defense.
In the past, ash wood was the most popular material for making ice hockey sticks. They were heavy but they were very durable. A player could have just one ash wood ice hockey stick for the entire length of his or her career without ever breaking it. Laminated sticks followed later on, comprised of layers of wood and covered by a synthetic material.
Apparently, the most popular ice hockey sticks are currently those that are known as composite. They perform similar to wooden hockey sticks but are light, just like the aluminum ones. However, wooden ones are still the more durable, by far. Composites tend to be a bit pricier though.
An ice hockey stick has three parts, namely the shaft, the blade and the toe. The lie is a term used to refer to the angle between the shaft and the blade. A bigger lie is much more suited for tall players while a smaller lie is for smaller players or those who tend to play in a crouching position.
The flexibility of the ice hockey stick’s shift is very important. The flexibility is termed as the Hockey Stick Flex. It measures how flexible or stiff a hockey stick is when force is applied to it.
How flexible or stiff a stick is will depend on who will be using it and what their position in the team and during the game will be. A more flexible type of stick is required for forwards while stiffer sticks are generally for defense.
Ice hockey sticks need to have a proper combination of flexibility and stiffness. Too stiff and shot acceleration will be difficult to attain. An ice hockey stick that is too flexible, however, may make it difficult for a player to get an accurate shot.
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