Flexibility is variable in a stick. In a one piece stick, the flex amount can go up. It is measured by the amount of force it takes to bend then middle of the stick by one inch. Most people believe that the more flex a stick has the harder a player’s shot will be. This is not true. The stiffer the stick is the harder a player’s shot will be. Think of in in terms of a bow and arrow. The stiffer the bow is, and if the string is pulled back the same amount as a more flexible string, the arrow will have more velocity. The flex of a stick really depends on the player. Really, no matter what the characteristics of a sticks are, if the player has a bad shot, no stick can fix that.
You’re probably wondering now, what is the point of having a more flexible stick then if it doesn’t give a player a harder shot? The point of flexibility means that a stick won’t break as easily. The two main places where a two piece stick breaks, is on the blade and where the blade and the shaft connect. Where the blade and the shaft connect in a two piece stick, is probably the most flexible point of a one piece stick. See the difference:
One of the main reasons pro hockey players want more flexible sticks is because there are “fighters” one the team. “Fighters” are hired for different teams because they bring in an audience. If they are played, they will most likely get into a fight with some one from the other team (hopefully). For instance Sean Avery for the NY Rangers is considered their “fighter.” He happens to use a one piece stick called the TPS Response R8. This stick has what is called a Dual Flex Zone so the flex is differential from the blade to the handle. It also has a more durable internal construction for better resistance on slashing and cross checking.
- Zelevansky, Jeff. 2009. Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.