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Reading Flex, Shaft & Blade Weight On Your Pro Stock Warrior Stick

Posted in ProStockNation.com Announcements, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by prostocknation


When you buy a pro stock stick you never really know what you’re going to end up with.  Professional players can ask manufacturers to customize their sticks to the point where nothing on the retail market is comparable to it.  While the codes marked on pro stock Warrior sticks don’t tell us much about the stick’s construction it does give us information about flex and the weights of the shaft and blade.

First we must familiarize ourselves with the flex system they are using.  Unlike Warrior’s retail offerings which use the scale made popular by Easton (higher number = more stiff) their pro sticks are still measured the same way Innovative did back in the day (higher number = more flexible.)

We are using the Flex Chart available at ModSquadHockey.com for reference.  The Innovative flex is on the left with the “Easton” equivalent on the right.

180 = 120 flex

200 = 110 flex

220 = 105 flex

260 = 90 flex

300 = 80 flex

340 = 75 flex

380 = 70 flex

440 = 65 flex

Turn to the back side of the shaft and you will see a series of 9 digits.  These digits are divided into 3 segments, the first 3 being Flex (Innovative scale), middle 3 being the shaft weight (in grams), and the last 3 is blade weight (in grams as well.)  So in this case with our flex being “290” it converts to about 85 flex.

You will also find information regarding the flex and shaft weight on a label inside the shaft (assuming your stick is uncut.)  The flex rating you see inside may be slightly different than the one stamped on the outside of the shaft but it is indeed more accurate.  In the same batch of sticks labeled as “290” on the outside you will still get a range of flexes above or below this number.  This standard deviation will vary from manufacturer.

Hope this brief guide will be of help the next time you are shopping for a pro stock Warrior.  Enjoy equipment sale season this Summer.

 

– M

What You See Isn’t What You Get

Posted in Pro Returns, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by prostocknation

When you’re buying a Pro Stock or a Pro Return stick, you never really know what you’re going to get… unless you’re aware of some clues to look for.  We’ll focus our attention on Bauer sticks because the information provided on the name plates are the easiest to read out of all the manufacturers and they drop hints as to what the stick really is under all that paint.

Looking at the name plates you’re provided with 4 pieces of information:

SEDIN (The player’s name, sometimes on more generic sticks with retail patterns, the pattern name will be here such as “P92” or “PM9”)

2638-4 (The pattern)

102 (Flex)

G3 (Flex profile; How the stick is constructed)

We’re comparing these two Bauer sticks made for the Sedin twins, one has ONE95 graphics and the other has Total ONE, but is it really what it claims to be?  The name plates on both sticks are practically identical (with the exception of the pattern number after the dash on the “Total ONE” as it is a newer batch.)

G3 = “Custom Flex Profile” which means the pro has requested special adjustments made to the stick (ex. different kick points among other things.)  On a real Total ONE, built to retail specs, the stick should read “R26” for the flex profile.

Our tester stick has “TEST-A” as the pattern, which turned out to be a P92, and it’s an 82 flex.  Also take note of the Tac Spiral grip (the angled raised ridges on the corners) of the stick, these may or may not appear on a Pro Stock/Return depending on what the player has ordered.  I’m not a huge fan of any sort of Tactile Grip but we’ll save that discussion for our review.

Other than deciphering the name plates, the carbon weaves on the shaft will help identify what stick you’re actually getting.  Notice how the the weaves on both sticks are identical?  If you haven’t already guessed, both of these sticks are ONE95s, but one has a Total ONE paint job.

Take a look at a real Total ONE and see how much fatter the weaves are.  They’re almost as big as the width of the shaft, just like the Vapor X:60!


So why do players and manufacturers do this?

Players are very superstitious about their equipment, (see: Martin St. Louis), and they like to stick with what works.  From a manufacturer’s point of view, they don’t want the top players to be using outdated equipment.  They want these players to use the latest and greatest in order to help them push their new products.

There’s a pretty good thread on ModSquadHockey.com regarding Pro Stock Bauer Codes if you have any further questions or if you’re looking for help in reading about your stick: http://www.modsquadhockey.com/forums/Index.php?/topic/52411-pro-stock-bauer-codes/

We’ll bring you more examples from different manufacturers in the coming days because we don’t want to single out Bauer and make it seem like they are the only ones conducting this practice.

– M