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Mid-Kick Stick Breakdown: Tacks – Synergy HTX – Supreme MX3 – Nexus 8000

August 21st, 2014 Chase Comments off

Tacks, HTX, MX3 and 8000 Hockey Sticks

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.

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What sticks are scoring big in the 2010 playoffs

May 20th, 2010 Tyson No comments

Well we are over half way through the 2010 playoffs.  So far they have been packed with all sorts of excitement, and several David over Goliath victories…So I decided to break down what sticks the top goal scorers of the playoffs have been using.

Pavelski using an Easton S19

To start it out we have Joe Pavelski. Many did not expect to see him among the upper goal scorers of the playoffs, despite his foreshadowing play during the olympics. Pav is leading the way with goals on the Sharks.  Netting even more goals than giants like, Heatley, and Marleau.  Pavelski, as you can see is using an Easton S19 stick, which matches he’s play perfectly.  The Easton S19 has an excellent quick and snappy shot release, but can also deliver deadly one-timers, as Pav has shown.

Cammalleri using an Easton SE16 stick

Next up we have Mike Cammalleri. Mike is also using an Easton stick, however he is using the slightly older but still very popular Easton SE16 stick.  Cammalleri excels in the quick give n’ go style play, and the Easton SE16 works great with this. Easton has designed the SE16 to be the “ultimate feel” stick in their line, perfect for touch passes, and one-timers.  The great feel helps give confidence when receiving passes to make that quick play on point.

Toews using a Warrior Dolomite Spyne DD stick

Here we have a nice visible shot of Toews stick, a Warrior Dolomite Spyne DD.  A fairly new stick that came out around mid-season this year.  The Dolo Spyne has a great feel, nice rounded corners and concave walls. The Dolo Spyne features a mid flex point to load more energy into the stick, and a slightly stiffer feel than the Dolo DD stick.  As Toews has shown the Dolo Spyne DD is a great all around stick from slappers to wrist shots.

Briere using a Bauer Supreme One95 stick

Finally, we have Daniel Briere, here meeting a line of fans in Boston.  Briere definitely seems to step it up in the playoff, and this year he has been doing just that.  If you need evidence, just take a quick look at the second round series against Boston. Where Briere and the Flyers pull off one of the greatest comebacks in recent hockey history. Briere is shown here with what looks to be a Bauer Supreme One95 stick. One95 is a great stick, that has seen a fair share of use in the NHL.  The one95 stick offers a mid-flex point for loading maximum energy. Great for one-timers and slap shots, but as Briere has shown it can handle whatever you through at it.

As we have seen there are plenty of players stepping up their game these playoffs, and the same can be said about the stick manufacturers lately. With quality sticks coming from several companies. It is just a matter of finding what stick fits you the best, not what is the best stick.

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