A hockey stick is a hockey stick, right??
Hockey sticks have several subtle differences. From the materials they are made of to the flexibility of the kick point, differences in hockey sticks can affect a player’s success on the ice.
One of the more subtle differences is the kick point, which comes in three different places – low, mid, and high. As you may have guessed by now, this page in particular is dedicated to those that provide a mid kick.
So which are the best? Mid Kick sticks contain a flexible spot in the middle of the stick, so players who rely on the slap shot like sticks with this kick. For most players the CCM Tacks 7092 are the ideal choice when combining its consistency, the ability to excel at both slap and wrist shots, and its cost.
CCM Tacks 7092 – Best Mid-kick stick for 2022
CCM Tacks 7092
This mid-kick stick quickly became a popular choice when CCM released it a couple of years ago.
CCM improved the kick point so it performs with serious power! Players appreciate the CCM Tacks brand because of its consistency from shot to shot. Even though the stick is advertised as a mid-kick stick, it really has a dual-flex profile. This gives players the power of the mid-kick, but the flexibility it needs for quick wrist shots. The other load zone provides the power, while one provides the speed.
In addition, this stick is one of those that has a soft taper so players can really get a responsive feel when they’re involved in the heat of the game.
This stick has the CCM Ultra Attackframe blade with a strong 12K carbon weave. It is lightweight, but has the perfect amount of torsion and stiffness for accurate and powerful shots.
- Weight: 465 grams
- Material: Composite
- Length: 75/85 Flex: 59 inches or 95/105 Flex: 62 inches
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Sherwood BPM 150 – Ideal for Hard Slap Shots
This brand may not be as well known as CCM and Bauer, but this stick is legit. This composite stick is probably the top option out of the Sherwood lineup.
The great thing about the BPM line of sticks is they are great for all around players that do numerous things well. For instance, you might be the player that goes into the corners, the one that makes the brilliant pass, and perhaps even the player who snipes the OT winner. This stick is great for the all-around player as it is built for all of those aspects instead of just a single one individually.
Speaking of its ability to shoot…the BPM 150 includes a more enhanced balanced mid point allowing for quicker release times and hence quicker shots. And these aren’t just weak shots that the goalie will save with ease. It should generate more power as well to provide you with shots that challenge the goaltender and make them a little afraid when they see you coming down the ice.
This stick has it all for the player who loves a mid kick and should last many seasons. The BPM 150 was built with Graphene infused material which is supposedly 200 times stronger than other material. The Graphene is also supposed to provide better response times as well, but I think that would be quite player specific.
Overall this looks like a great model that will provide players with immense benefit!
Bauer Nexus 1N – Better Accuracy
Bauer Nexus 1N
If you aim it, the Bauer Nexus will help you hit your spots.
This stick has been updated with new geometry and a perfected sweet spot. The shaft has an easy-load taper with Bauer Sweet Spot Technology. So far when looking at various reviews, players seem to appreciate the accuracy that the new shaft gives them. Some of that accuracy comes from the geometry of the shaft, which now has slightly rounded corners, to easy through the air.
The Nexus also has a taper that makes it easy to load a shot. And, with that easy taper, players have more success scoring goals due to added consistency.
The stick also has new design, with Monocomp technology that makes the energy transfer bring consistency. And, the eLasTech Technology from Bauer prevents breakage from those hard-hit shots. Along with these two technologies, Bauer also put TeXtreme carbon fiber into the stick. These technologies combine to make the stick 20% lighter than the typical carbon-fiber stick. Players also appreciate how balanced the stick is due to the absorbent core of the blade. Even with the lower weight, the stick should deliver consistency, shot after shot after shot.
What is a kick point?
We’ve explained kick point more in this article but will provide a smaller explanation here.
The kick point is unique to the composite sticks. Because of the way that sticks are built, there is a spot that is stiff. This area of the stick is called the kick point.
With this stiff area, the stick is able to deliver a consistent shot, as long as you hit the puck there. The area around the kick point is flexible, which helps add to the potency of the kick point. These spots help with specific shots and all composite sticks have kick points.
It is up to you to decide what kick point works best for the shots you take.
Pros and cons of mid-kick sticks
There are several pros and cons to choosing one of the better mid-kick sticks like we’ve described above.
The biggest benefit of a mid-kick stick is the power that they generate. They are designed so players can get their full body weight into the shot. So, larger players and those who shoot for power love them. But, with power, comes a drawback – they are not as quick on the release as low-kick sticks. Some players do not like mid-kick sticks because they want power and a speedy release. To make up for the slower release, some manufacturers will make their mid-kick sticks softer than other brands.
When it comes to choosing a stick, consider the way you play. Mid-kick sticks are not the best choices for new players, especially those who have not built up much strength. But, if you put your body weight into your shots and you like to shoot big shots, mid-kick sticks are the best choices. Mid-kick sticks are durable and can withstand tough play.