You may choose between a composite or hardwood blade for your blade. PROS: A two-piece stick has two primary advantages. The first is the outstanding performance offered (though still not quite as good as a one-piece). The second benefit is the possible cost reductions. Because there are more components to make up a two-piece stick, the price can be lower than that of a one-piece stick.
CONS: There are some drawbacks associated with this design. First, it's heavier than a one-piece stick. This can be a problem if you plan to use the stick as a lead blocker because you'll need to be able to lift it over your head. Second, it can be harder to find a partner to play with because people tend to want to play with a one-piece stick. However, if you search online you should be able to find partners in other countries who will trade sticks with you.
PROS: Lower cost. Larger sweet spot. Possible increase in scoring due to improved skill transfer from stick to puck.
CONS: More difficult to find a partner to play with.
Almost all professional players now utilize a one-piece stick because they are highly balanced, lightweight, and provide greater feel for the puck and harder shots. A shaft and blade combo that is sold separately. The shaft can be composite, fiberglass, aluminum, graphite, or a mix of these materials, while the blades can be wood or carbon fiber. One-piece sticks are very popular in Europe where they are used by both amateurs and professionals.
The modern one-piece stick was invented in Sweden in the mid-1950s. It was designed by Alain Vigneault who wanted to create a better performing, more flexible stick. The first model was called the SVT Sticks and it included a synthetic (fiberglass) shaft with a wooden blade at the end. This new stick was very successful so other manufacturers began making their own version of the tool. Today, almost all pro hockey players use some type of one-piece stick.
One advantage of the one-piece stick is that it can be molded into any shape required by the player for optimal performance. For example, a player might want to have a longer reach toward the net to shoot more goals or shorten the stick to pick up the puck and move it faster.
Another advantage is that the stick does not need any reinforcement inside the body to keep it strong enough to withstand hard hits. This makes the one-piece stick lighter than two-piece versions without losing strength.
The curvature of the blade is an important consideration when selecting a hockey stick. This curvature effectively provides a pocket that cradles the puck, making it easier to carry, pass, or shoot. A curve also gives the blade more dead space, which can help prevent ice balls during hard checks.
Another important factor in determining a player's ability to handle the puck is stick handling. Stick handling includes such moves as deking out defenders, circling the net, and jamming shots. The better you can do these things with your stick, the more opportunities you'll create for yourself.
Finally, size matters. A large frame is needed to control larger players who might try to push you off the puck. But don't worry about being too big; there are ways around that problem too. For example, you can use defense rather than strength to protect the puck.
All in all, a good hockey stick will provide you with the best possible opportunity to score goals and make plays. Whether you're looking for a new stick for practice or game play, take some time to consider the above factors when choosing a new one. You'll be happy you did.