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Your Thoughts: Steep / Standard Shoulder, Round or Squared Toe


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The title says it all. Sticks, like all other pieces of equipment are personal preference but I'm about to purchase custom sticks and curious what YOUR favorite setup is, Steep or Standard Shoulders? Round or Square toe? 

Why am I asking? I've always used standard shoulders but hear the steep is a lot easier to hold onto. I've also always used square toes until I switched to Mrazek Warriors in my CR1, now looking at Price curve and between round and square toe. What are your thoughts?

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Do whatever is comfortable for paddle shoulder shape, but  it will position the blocker angle a certain way, a simple way to get better grip  is to put a small knob above the paddle on the shaft.  keeps vibration down and  u can hold it loose and secure. also micro adjustment for handpositioning .

On blade shape, not so much the  toe or heel shape but bottom of the blade shape-  rocker round vs flat square.

majority of pros use rocker - it allows better control and mobility vs flat, allows the blocker hand closer to the side and covering low.

curve and blade shape 2 diff things when together is a pattern (less the actul custom paddle size).

both markzak n price retail pattern have rocker blades the mzark has higher lie vs price a lower lie.

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i have never done any customizing at the paddle/shaft area.. but have thought about trying the trigger grip. My current stick has a round toe and I like it. My 2 previous sticks were square. The only thing and probably the most important thing is the curve on my new stick is pretty radical... it's like a wedge. Playing the puck gets tricky. 

I think it is Lundqvist ?  that significantly cuts down the shaft of the stick. He said something about how it's easier to play pucks that end up around his skates or something like that.

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12 minutes ago, Scythe said:

i have never done any customizing at the paddle/shaft area.. but have thought about trying the trigger grip. My current stick has a round toe and I like it. My 2 previous sticks were square. The only thing and probably the most important thing is the curve on my new stick is pretty radical... it's like a wedge. Playing the puck gets tricky. 

I think it is Lundqvist ?  that significantly cuts down the shaft of the stick. He said something about how it's easier to play pucks that end up around his skates or something like that.

I know Carey Price cuts the shaft down.

I do it ‘cos I can easily flip that puck. My puck play is shite, but since I practise in my back garden, it has become infinitesimally improved. Short shaft has a lot to do with it.

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If you plan to modify the paddle - standard, as the additional surface area gives you a) more room to work with, aka more mod options and b) a larger margin for error.

If you'd like to use as is - steep, as it grips just a bit better and for me, more of a natural feel.

In my experience, a round toe is typically attributed to a smaller overall blade, and square tends to be larger. I would recommend square!

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