BadAngle41 Posted October 27, 2020 Share Posted October 27, 2020 If it aint broke, don't fix it. That has been my mindset when it comes to sticks. I'd play around with paddle height, lie, makeup of course... but never stepped into the realm of paddle modification. Seemed weird and pointless to me. Shaved down for some whole hand grip... trigger for more control... always seemed like modding for the sake of modding. InGoal's recent article on Lundqvist's paddle... and more specifically Sean Murray's deep dive on the why had me curious though. For those of you who don't have a membership... it essentially goes into how the repositioning the hand/wrist & elbow translates into mechanical advantages when in the proper stance and tracking. It's something I've paid much more attention to myself over the past few years as I've struggled at times with getting the same movements with my blocker hand that I have with my glove; being able to get over the puck. Holding the stick traditionally with forefinger on the paddle and the rest wrapping around the shaft... I've felt that the stick can impede the movement I want to make. Long story somewhat shorter now... I cut into a stick yesterday and used it last night. While I need to continue to dial it in... it did feel FANTASTIC!! Wrist felt completely opened up and free to move the way I wanted to... and I actually found that as a result I tracked much better stick side. Whereas before I would make a fair number of saves off my paddle in a skate... I was getting my blocker to those same spots and making a better more controlled save. Exactly what I was looking for. I'll continue to update this topic as I Goldie Locks this and get to something that is just right. In the mean time, I've linked similar topics below, but for any of you who are old hand at this already... please share... What shape do you have? How did you find it? How do you hold it? What advantages do you find it has over the traditional shape? What specs go into yours? Where do you cut and how? Resources: InGoalMag Article: Lundqvist Explains How and Why of Custom Stick Grip TheGoalNet: Brands with Trigger Grip Topic TheGoalNet: Shaving Composite Goal Stick Paddle Topic My Modifications So Far: HOW: Used a Dremel cutting wheel for the basic shape. Dremel grinding wheel for rounding it. Dremel Sanding Wheel for burr removal. Light brushing of Spar Varnish over the newly exposed foam and composite. Then wrapped it all up with some grip tape and stick tape at the top and bottom to hold it. IMPRESSIONS: Great mobility at the wrist. Definately going to pursue further adjustments. Notch is perhaps too deep. Found that while I could hold it very well... transitioning to playing the puck (or god forbid a poke check) the notch made it difficult to release. NEXT UP: Shave down inside shoulder to flat. See how that feels and guage impact (if I do like it) on where I should put the notch next time (albeit a smaller notch.) Front: Back: Taped Up: Grip: Forefinger (index) on paddle, Middle Finger in notch 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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