Master Of Disguise

Continuing with yesterday’s post about companies repainting sticks to look like other models in their lineup, we wanted to show an example from a different manufacturer so we’re not just singling out Bauer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love both brands’ products but the average consumer should be well informed of what they’re buying when it comes to the secret world of pro stock and pro return sticks.

To the average person this may look like two Easton S19 sticks.  When you’re buying a pro stock that says “S19”, are you REALLY getting what you’re paying for?  Let’s take a closer look.

Easton doesn’t drop hints on the name plates like Bauer so we’ll have to look at the physical shape of the sticks.  The S19 is known for it’s elliptical taper towards the bottom portion of the stick.  Hmmm… one stick is oval-shaped and the other isn’t… what could they possibly be?

Let’s compare these two “S19” sticks to another high end offering from Easton.  The SE16 has no elliptical taper… neither does the “S19” in the middle.  If you look closely you can also see the small indentation where the blade meets the shaft during the manufacturing process.

Here’s a look at the tapers from another angle.

Now that you know what to look for, it’s easy to pick out which is the real S19 and which is a painted SE16.  The next time you’re shopping for a pro stock/return S19 make sure to check for the elliptical taper or else it could be a SE16 or something else in disguise!  Don’t rely on the graphics and labels alone!

Final comments: The SE16 is not a terrible stick by any means, we actually prefer it over the S19 but we don’t want anyone to be disappointed when they realize their stick isn’t what it claims to be.

– M


5 Responses to “Master Of Disguise”

  1. Beautiful this is what people need to see, i have seen so many people just drop a Cnote or more on a stick thats pro stock that they think is a high end stick like a s19 and get an se16 painted or even as far as one person a CNT repainted as a S19 we found out when i took some sand paper and the real colors showed. Granted they’re all high end sticks, but a proper education should always be a given for everyone, and glad someone besides me is informing people

  2. Thanks for the comments Humberto.

    We’re striving to find more examples to show you guys in the near future.

  3. I have a number of pro-stocks if you need pictures.

    I have one question though. Do you know what the 6-digit alphanumeric number means on the backside of the shaft? It’s usually 2 numbers, followed by a letter, followed by 3 more numbers. If you can explain the what each number and letter means, that would be great.

    Also, do you know if there’s a way to find the flex and/or lie on an Easton pro-stock?

    • We believe those are just production numbers on Eastons. On a couple S19s we have lying around right now and they all begin with “04E3xx” and the last 2 digits are just consecutive numbers. Same thing goes for a stash of SE16 that start with “30E2xx”.

      We’ve looked in all the usual spots (Bauer likes to keep it on the name plate, Warrior on the back of the shaft, sometimes inside the shaft, etc) and we still haven’t deciphered what flexes Easton’s pro stocks are. Then again I don’t recall Easton ever labeling the flexes on pro stocks, not even on the original Synergy sticks back in the day.

      – M

      • beerleaguer Says:

        With the easton sticks the letter indicates the flex, the higher the letter the stiffer the shaft. However I am not sure the each letter equals to in an actual flex rating. Right now I am using sticks with “D” and “E” stiffness rating.

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