I used to use a wooden Easton stick. Then I decided to switch over to a composite stick. I followed one of the charts for determining stick flex like the one on PureHockey. According to the various charts, I should be in the 85 range. Knowing that, I ended up buying a Bauer Vapor x 2.0 senior stick, with a flex rating of 87.
My first composite stick and I hated it. I thought my woody had more flex. At that time, I weighed about 220 pounds. My skill level was between a beginner and intermediate.
I decided to give composite sticks another try though. I bought an Easton Stealth S15 (intermediate) stick, with a flex rating of (65). After the first wrist shot, I knew I found the right stick. As I took shots, I could feel the stick flexing slightly.
I consider myself an intermediate inline player now. I don’t usually take slap shots. But I have a good wrist shot. I think the secret to my wrist shot is my stick. That lower flex rating really makes a difference.
When I look at what everyone else is using on the bench, they usually all have senior sticks with flex ratings above 80. I can’t help thinking that if they “dropped down” to something like my stick, they could probably get a lot more power out of their sticks.
If you have a chance to try out a stick with a lower flex rating than what the charts are recommending, give it a shot. Borrow a stick from a teammate and try it for a few shots. You might be surprised at how much it helps you out.