Choosing the Curve and Flex of a Hockey Stick

Selecting the right curve and flex for your hockey stick is crucial for your performance on the ice. These factors can impact your shooting, passing, and stickhandling abilities. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your hockey stick. 


Blade curve patterns refer to the shape and curvature of the blade. Different patterns offer unique characteristics suited to various playing styles. Two common curve patterns offered by Swift Hockey are the Toe Curve and the Mid Curve.


Refers to the curvature at the tip or toe of the blade. A toe curve pattern is great for pulling the puck towards you and making wrist shots, providing quick release capabilities and assisting with stickhandling. 


The curve is positioned in the middle of the blade between the toe and heel, making it versatile for cradling the puck during stickhandling and generating puck spin while shooting.

Swift Hockey Blade Curve Patterns Available

Swift P92 Mid-Curve

This is a highly popular choice, ideal for puck handling in traffic. It excels in wrist and snap shots, elevates the puck well with its open face, and offers ample blade surface for tipping pucks in front of the net.

Swift P88 Mid-Curve

This classic mid-curve blade is a versatile choice that’s great for puck control, stick handling, hard wrist shots, and quick releases.

Swift P28 Toe-Curve

If you prefer playing with the puck on the toe of your stick, the P28 is an excellent option. It's perfect for quick playmaking.

Understanding Flex Ratings

Flex refers to the stiffness of the hockey stick shaft. The flex rating indicates the amount of force in pounds required to bend the stick an inch. Choosing the right flex is essential for generating power and accuracy in your shots. The higher the flex rating, the stiffer the hockey stick.

Factors to Consider with Choosing Flex

Player Weight and Strength: A general guideline is to select a flex rating that’s approximately half of your body weight in pounds. Players with more strength may prefer stiffer flex ratings for increased power.

Shooting Technique and Position: Consider your shooting technique and position when choosing the flex rating. Players who rely on powerful slap shots like Defencemen may benefit from stiffer flex ratings, while those who prioritize quick release wrist shots like Forwards may prefer more flexible sticks for better control.

Stick Length: The length of a stick can affect the flex rating. Longer sticks typically have a higher flex rating and are stiffer than shorter sticks. Ensure that your stick length and flex rating are compatible with your size, playing style, and shooting technique.

Swift Hockey Flex Ratings Available

Choosing the right blade curve pattern and flex for a hockey stick requires careful consideration of your playing style, position, and shooting technique. By understanding your needs and preferences, you can select a hockey stick that enhances your performance and elevates your game on the ice. If you have any questions about the options available from Swift Hockey, contact us at We’d be happy to help you find the perfect hockey stick to take your game to the next level.