What is the best curve for your hockey stick?
There comes a time in your hockey career where you have to ask yourself, which blade should I choose when buying a hockey stick? Is what i'm using the best curve for me or should I switch and try something different? There's a problem, nowadays trying a new blade isn't cheap especially if it doesn't work out. Bad curve experiences could steer you away in the future from trying something new that could improve your game. To help you we want to give some information and advice on different curves that could help in choosing the best hockey stick for you.
But before we get into the details it is important to state that ultimately the right blade/stick, is what feels the best in your hands when controlling, passing and shooting the puck, however different curves offer a range of advantages and disadvantages so you must ask yourself what is the best blade for me.
There are thousands of curve variations, but we will categorize them into 4 general groups Heel curves, Mid Heel, Mid Curve, and Toe Curve and then the sub-category of either open or closed face. As we stated earlier all these curves have their benefits and drawbacks and you have to choose what type of curve best complements your game. A good way to choose a blade pattern/curve is to ask yourself….
What Kind of player am I?
Dangler/playmaker (Ex. Datsyuk)
- Best Blade/Curve Recommendation: Mid curve, neutral face round toe. (Bauer:Kane Easton:Zetterberg CCM:Hossa) Mid curve, neutral face round toe. (Bauer:Kane Easton:Zetterberg CCM:Hossa)
Sniper (Ex. Stamkos)
- Best Blade/Curve Recomendation: Mid-heel curve, open face round toe. (Bauer: Backstrom Easton: Hall CCM :Nugent Hopkins)
Grinder (Ex. Franzen)
- Best Blade/Curve Recommendations: Very slight mid-curve, neutral/slightly open face, round toe. (Bauer: Stamkos/Malkin Easton: Iginla/Heatley CCM: Lecavalier)
Stay at home Defenseman (Ex. Lidstrom)
- Best Blade/Curve Recommendations: Heel curve (almost straight), open face square or round toe. (Bauer: Kronwall or Staal Easton: Getzlaf CCM: Galchenyuk)
Spot-up shooter (Ex. Ovechkin)
- Best Blade/Curve Recommendations: Mid-Toe curve,very open face round toe. (The true Ovechkin Curve)
Things to consider
- The name they use for the pattern does reflect the pattern that player uses in the NHL, for example a sniper like Stamkos uses a pattern much closer to the Backstrom P92 which is much different than the Stamkos PM9 pattern
- These are just suggestions and observation ultimately only you can decide what’s best for you.
- A stick, curve, skates don't make the player, only practice and hard work can truly improve your game.
- And always remember #STAYTAPED
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