Adam’s take on Lies

by Adam Desloges
Lies

Hello and welcome to the inaugural column by Adam Desloges of Center Ice Hockey Equipment.com for Ice Magazine. Some of the columns will be to educate fans, parents, siblings and most importantly you, the hockey player. Other columns will include interesting facts, stats and stories about the best game on earth, HOCKEY!

Like most of you I frequent a lot of hockey rinks and I talk to players, parents and coaches about the game of hockey. The conversations always lead to questions from both sides. And the one question I am asked most often is how do I pick-out the right stick? This is a great question because growing up I just used the stick that was purchased for me until I got older and realized there was so much more to selecting a proper hockey stick or as some of you like to call it “a twig”.


If you do not have the proper lie, flex, length it will not matter if the stick cost you $100.00 or $300.00.


Let us look deeper into this and see if I can help to educate the majority of people who are buying the improper stick lie for their skating and playing style. First, the price really plays no factor in whether the stick will help you to score or not. If you do not have the proper lie, flex, length it will not matter if the stick cost you $100.00 or $300.00. With my recent research I have noticed that some stick companies have done way with displaying the sticks lie on the stick itself, but some companies still display it on the upper portion of the shaft. The hockey stick lie refers to the angle of the blade in reference to the shaft. Typical lie values range from 4-7 with most sticks near 5.5. The majority of players will play with a 5-5.5 lie; this however does not mean it is for everyone. Players look for a lie that will place their blade flat on the ice while they are in their typical skating stance. What you want to do is pick up a stick, grab it in your playing position and get into your skating stance with the stick on the ground or ice. Now look at how much stick blade you have on the surface. If you see lots of light under the toe or heel of the blade you have the wrong lie. Keep trying different sticks, different models, and different blade patterns until you find the one that covers the surface with minimal light showing under the toe or heel of the sticks blade.


Do not feel pressured by the sales associate who is trying to sell you a stick based solely on the fact so-and-so in the NHL is using it.


Without a doubt, the lie is the most important aspect of a stick because it affects how much blade is on the ice for a particular type of skater and player. Do not feel pressured by the sales associate who is trying to sell you a stick based solely on the fact so-and-so in the NHL is using it. If this should occur perhaps consider spending your money elsewhere at a place who understands how important the stick lie is to handling the puck and shooting the puck. Your overall stick handling and proper puck control will improve when using the proper stick lie for your skating and playing style. The length of your hockey stick will also play a role in finding the correct lie. If you find the correct lie and cut off 4 inches it will bring the blade closer to you and your blade will be mostly on the toe. If this happens then your lie is too low. If you start with a stick that has the correct lie and add inches with a stick plug it will move the blade further from your body and your blade will be mostly on the heel. If this happens then your lie is too high. A lower lie is for the player who likes to skate lower to the ice or in a forward leaning position or players who use a longer stick. Higher lies will keep the puck closer to your body and is preferred by more upright skaters or skaters with shorter sticks.

To know if you are playing with the proper lie now, check the bottom of the blade on one of your well used game sticks. If most of the wear is on the heel, choose a lower lie. If most of the wear is on the toe, choose a higher lie. If the tape is evenly worn across the bottom of the blade you have the right lie for your skating and playing style.

Hope this information was helpful and provided you with the knowledge you need for your next stick purchase. Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

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