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 Pro-Formance Advantage: Finding the Right Hockey Stick

Your Game Defines Your Stick

Choosing a new hockey twig is always fun! You may already have a stick or a particular pattern in mind that you feel meets your needs. But did you know that having the right stick means more powerful slap shots, quicker snap shots, more accurate wrist shots, and crisper passes?

No two players are the same and no two sticks are the same either. At Source For Sports, the Pro-Formance Advantage Custom Fitting System is designed to personally fit every player with the stick that is specifically right for their game. Here are a few considerations that will affect your stick choices:


Stick Length

Proper stick length is critical when it comes to shooting, passing and stick handling. It’s important to choose the right length to best compliment your style of play. For instance, a stay-at-home defenseman may prefer a longer stick for improved stick checking, compared to a speedy forward who may want a shorter stick for quicker stick handling. A stick that is too long or too short will affect your shots’ velocity, power and accuracy, and won’t allow you to perform at the top of your game. It’s also important that you don’t choose a stick that’s far too long, and then cut it down to your size! Cutting the stick will stiffen the flex by 3 to 5% for every inch you cut off, changing its performance completely.


A curve isn’t just a curve, nor should you buy a stick because of the name the blade pattern is associated with. The curve of a stick is one of the most important features to consider and have several distinct characteristics to deliver specific results. The heel curve generally provides increased accuracy and harder wrist shots. The mid curve is the most common, and is best for puck control and shooting. The toe curve is best for quick snap shots and toe drags, but is more difficult to control your accuracy, shooting and passing for the average player.


Stick flex is the force it takes to bend the stick one inch. For example, a 100 flex will take 100 pounds of force to flex the stick one inch. There are several types of flexes that all generate different results. Being able to fully flex the stick is critical. If the stick is too soft it will reduce your power and accuracy; if a stick is too stiff you won’t be able to load the stick and there will be no power behind your shot. Often players choose a stick that is too stiff, and if it needs to be cut, the stiffness increases with every inch cut. This will have a huge impact on the way the stick performs for you.

Your Game Defines Your Stick

Every player is unique and there are countless models of sticks to choose from that offer different technologies that will affect your game. At Source For Sports, we understand how the right equipment will help you improve your game, no matter what level of hockey you play.

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