It’s safe to say we’re in a golden era of twigs; the revival of legendary names, sub-400 gram stick weights and technological advances that make you wonder what if some of the all-time greats had these in their arsenal. There are so many great weapons on the market right now, ranging from different companies with different kick points for different shooters with all sorts of different technologies in them. While some players go for the “latest and greatest” on the market, the best thing to do is to figure out which flex profile matches your shooting mechanics, and roll with that. If you know you’re a mid kick or a low kick shooter, it’s totally OK and actually recommended to try out different sticks with your kind of kick point. Today we’ll be breaking down unique key features of the CCM Tacks, Easton Synergy HTX, Bauer Supreme MX3 and Bauer Nexus 8000 so that you can decide which of these mid kick sticks sounds the most suitable for you. At the bottom of this page, we have a poll you can take so we can see which twig players everywhere are looking for or like most!
As a general rule of thumb, mid kick hockey sticks are for the player who heavily loads up and leans into big booming shots. These players are looking for maximum power and generally tend to look for slap shots and one-timers. That’s not to say they don’t shoot snappers or wristers, mid kick shooters generally put a lot of lean into these for blazing shot velocity. Bauer recommends that players who tend to use a full motion shooting style should go with a mid kick, whereas the quick-motion shooter should use a low kick stick. The low-kick’s are for the “finesse” shooter who tends to generate shot power primarily with their wrists (rather than heavily leaning into the stick), thus resulting in a quicker load and release. We’ll breakdown the top low kick twigs in the next blog.
- The AttackFrame Blade – CCM used an extra stiff outer frame with reinforcing ribs that run through the center of the blade. This ensures the blade face stays square to the target when pumping out a powerful shot, thus resulting in pinpoint accuracy. The puck feel is very smooth, meaning it’s not extremely lively or dampened giving it a nice balance.
- The CCM Tacks Stick also has a very fluid mid kick point, meaning it’s not extremely aggressive like the MX3 or the HTX but it feels quite similar to the Nexus 8000. It has a very effortless release that can crank out power in a blink of an eye.
- HyperToe and HyperTuned Blade – Easton looked to polish their already advanced HyperToe Blade that used strategic rod stiffeners in the toe for extra stiffness. Prior to this new HyperTuned Technology, all shaft flexes used the same blade with the same stiffness. Now, the blade’s stiffness matches that of the shaft, specifically tuning the entire stick to all different sized players, and not just the shaft. This optimizes the load and release process.
- PowerSense 2 Blade – The newest feature and upgrade from the previous NXG is all in the blade construction. Dating back and evolving from it’s debut in the APX2’s blade, the new PowerSense Layer is directly integrated into the outer coating of the blade (i.e. the blade face, the backhand, the toe and edges). It’s purpose is to increase durability by preventing chips and cracks while increasing puck feel and puck contact time during the shooting process. The MX3 stick has a very dampened puck feel, which is excellent for precise stick handling and puck reception. These dampened properties also keep the puck in contact with the blade face longer during big shots, which helps to store more energy into the shaft and produces the hardest shooting stick from Bauer to date.
- PowerSense Blade – In a very similar fashion to the Supreme MX3 stick, the big upgrade on the new Nexus 8000 compared to old Nexus 1000 is in the blade construction. It’s essentially the same additional material you just read about in the MX3 that increases puck feel and durability, but the internal foams are the difference. The MX3’s blade is geared for the most dampened puck feel possible, whereas this 8000 has a slightly more lively feel due to the usage of different foams. This was strategically done to give players more quick pop on wrist and snap shots, maximizing the drastically different Tru Mid Kick Point in this 8000.
So now we want to hear which one of these you are most excited for. Take our poll below and make sure you check back to see where your choice ranks amongst everyone else’s. As always, all of these great sticks are available at Inline and Ice Warehouse. For the best possible way to shop for the stick you want, use our exclusive Stick Finder !