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So you know the difference between a low kick point and a mid kick point but which one is the best? or which one is right for you?
Pros and Cons
Both the Low kick point and Mid kick point have their pros and cons. Low kick point sticks are used to get shots off quickly. They make it very easy to load your stick for maximum quickness but sacrifice power. That being said, just because its easier does not mean you cant get a hard shot with a low kick point stick. It is all in your skill and technique.
Many different brands make their low kick point sticks differently. Some brands use a very low and sturdy kick point (like Warriors and the Bauer 1X) which creates a slightly faster and controlled release vs a normal low kick point. Some brands use different shapes and designs to get that quick release. (Easton’s elliptical taper for example). Sometimes those “special” designs sacrifice durability for performance. Many use a standard low kick taper for their quick release.
Mid kick point sticks are meant for power. You can load up heavily on shots, or use all your body weight to get the hardest shot possible. These are great for bigger players, or players who really want to get the most power on their shot. However, mid kicks can take longer to load for that maximum power. With your normal flex rating you may find that you get the same speed on your wrist shots but you cant get them off as quick. As you get more skilled you may not notice much of a difference. For example, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, has a terrific and lightning fast wrist and he has always used mid kick point sticks. Like the low kick point sticks, mid kick point sticks are all made differently. Many use a standard mid kick point whereas some use a softer style (like the Bauer Nexus). Sticks like the Nexus, are more of a weaker mid kick point which helps flex a stick a bit more easily. So if you are thinking of trying a mid kick stick but are afraid of loosing power try a softer one like the Nexus.
What About Custom Kick Points?
Custom kick point sticks are like the strange middle child. Some say that they feel like mid kick points where some say they have no kick point. Custom kick points either offer a large kick point area or a dual flex profile. The larger kick point area sticks will flex perfectly no matter where your bottom hand is. So its neither a low nor a mid kick point. As you use the stick it will loose its performance quicker than a normal kick point stick. A dual flex profile has a double kick point, meaning that it is both a mid and a low. Wherever your bottom hand is placed will determine the kick point. You may be thinking, “why don’t all sticks do this”? While it may be great for all areas of the game it isn’t good for just one. If you are the type of player who never takes slapshots you wont benefit from a stick that has the option if you need it. You’re better off using a low kick point which will only help you.
What Kind of Player Are You?
The choice of your kick point comes down to your preference. Do you prefer to get your shots off quick or hard? If you want to get your shots off fast, low kick point sticks are right for you. If you like to take one timers, shooting close in or quick wrist shots it will will only help to have a low kick point stick. I also recommend low kick points for beginners. Not only are they easier to load but you can feel more of the stick for proper flexing technique. Mid kick points tend to feel stiffer so for the weaker players it may feel stiffer. Are you the type who likes to take those big clappers? Do you put your body weight into your wrist shots? If so then Mid kicks are right for you. Mid kick can take a beating and give you tons of power. If neither of these are right for you, or you want the best of both worlds go with a custom kick point.