It is important to know the construction and materials of your stick in order to make an informed decision on the product you are purchasing. How it is constructed will have a major impact on performance and durability.
There are three different ways in which composite one-piece hockey sticks are made:
1 | TRUE / GENUINE ONE PIECE CONSTRUCTION
Shaft and blade moulded together from the start to the end of the project. Highest production costs, most expensive stick, best feel and performance.
2 | SPEAR CONSTRUCTION
Shaft is moulded into what looks like a spear and then inserted into the blade and finished together. Looks completely like one piece and provides good feel and performance.
3 | FUSED TWO-PIECE CONSTRUCTION
Shaft and blade moulded separately and fused together to make a composite hockey stick with maximum durability. Lower cost, often feels blade heavy.
The materials used will help determine stick performance and durability. A high performance stick will use 100% carbon content while less expensive, more durable stick will have a mixture of carbon and fibreglass (common rations include 70/30, 50/50 and 20/80). The more fibreglass used compared to carbon content, the heavier and more durable the hockey stick build.