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Best Hockey Stick for Snapshots (Top Brands of 2022)

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Of all the shots a hockey player must learn to master, snapshots are definetely the hardest.

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But with enough practice, your technique will eventually improve. Keep in mind that the right hockey stick will help along in the journey.

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From a scoring perspective, snapshots can be a great tool to your shot arsenal. It’s what distinguishes advanced players from the rest.

Best Hockey Stick for Snapshots

All Mid Kick Hockey Sticks

All Low Kick Hockey Sticks

Which stick should you buy?

I’ve broken down the goals scored in the NHL, and the snapshot is the second most important shot type, behind only wrist shots. 

Just over 15% of all goals are scored off the snapshot by the pros.

Furthermore, they are most effective from 20-40ft from the net. To get an idea of where to shoot from, we’re looking at the mid to high slot area.

See the rink map below to know the region I’m referring to.

2018-19 NHL Goal Location

Snapshots are different from wrist shots in that the puck rests in place while the player quickly snaps the puck towards the net. 

Wrist shots require the player to pull the puck back before propelling it on goal.

Essentially, snap shots are the quickest way to release a shot due to the flick-of-the-wrist movement.

So, which stick type is best for snapshots?

Ideal Stick Flex and Kick Point for Snapshots

Before I give you my recommendations for sticks, you should know which features are best suited for snapshots.

When shooting the puck, you’ll want to get plenty of arc in the shaft, while getting the quickest kickback from the stick blade.

This would suggest you’re looking at a stick with low flex value and low kick point.

The same features are also recommended for wrist shots, which account for 51.8% of all NHL goals.

However, the top 50 NHL goal scorers tell another story…

Kick Point

Almost half the players (24) elected to go with a hybrid or mid-low kick point. Meanwhile, only 19 players chose a stick with low kick point option.

Hybrid models are used by both Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews – who have especially dangerous snapshots. Both currently use the CCM Jetspeed models.

On the other hand, players like Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby opt for the low kick point sticks.

They both use the CCM Ribcor Trigger Pros.

Stick Flex

The choice of stick flex is slightly easier to decide on.

Simply, take your current weight in pounds (lbs) and divide it by 2.

For example, I’m 160 lbs and I fall right in between two flex options with a score of 80 (160/2). 

My choices are either 75 or 85 flex, but I’ve now settled comfortably with the 75-flex option. Hence, more stick flexibility (or whip) while loading up on a shot.

Best Hockey Stick for Snapshots

Below is a list of my top 5 list of hockey sticks for snapshots. My personal preference is the CCM Ribor Trigger 7 Pro, but another model may be suitable for you. 

I've included a short description for each model to help you make you decision. 

Keep in mind that these sticks are all the top end models. They are the most expensive sticks for each brand.

For less expensive sticks, continue to the following section. I provide the full range of models for each brand.

CCM Jetspeed FT5 (Mid Kick)

Used by Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews

ccm jetspeed

Released in 2022

Weight

395g

Material

Nanolite Carbon Layering

Flex (Available In)

75, 85, 95

Blade Curve

P29 or P40

Intro Price

$339.99

Warrior Alpha LX Pro (Mid Kick)

#1 Choice Amongst Top 50 NHL Scorers

warrior alpha lx

Released in 2021

Weight

380g

Material

Minimus Carbon UD

Flex (Available In)

65, 75, 85, 100

Blade Curve

W03

Intro Price

$299.99

CCM Ribcor Trigger 7 Pro (Low Kick)

Used by Nathan McKinnon and Sidney Crosby

ccm ribcor

Released in 2022

Weight

380g

Material

Nanolite Carbon Layering

Flex (Available In)

75, 85, 95

Blade Curve

P29 or P40

Intro Price

$339.99


Bauer Nexus Sync Grip (Mid Kick)

#2 Choice by Top 50 NHL Scorers

bauer nexus

Released in 2022

Weight

365g

Material

ACL 2.0

Flex (Available In)

70, 77, 87

Blade Curve

P92

Intro Price

$339.99

Bauer Vapor Hyperlite (Low Kick)

Most Common Used Model in the NHL Overall

bauer vapor hyperlite

Released in 2021

Weight

385g

Material

DuraFlex Resin

Flex (Available In)

70, 77, 87, 102

Blade Curve

P92

Intro Price

$339.99

All Mid Kick Hockey Sticks

Brand/CollectionCCM JETSPEEDWARRIOR ALPHASHERWOOD CODETRUE CATALYSTBAUER NEXUS
ModelsFT5 Pro Grip
FT5 Grip
FT475 Grip
(Novium Pro Grip)
LX Pro Grip
LX 20 Grip
LX 30 Grip
TMP Pro Grip
TMP1 Grip
(T90 G3 Grip)
Project X Grip
9X Grip
7X Grip
Sync Grip
(Sling Grip)
E5 Grip
E4 Grip
E3 Grip
Weight (@60 inches)395g
415g
460g
360g
380g
405g
415g
387g
405g
440g
360g
385g
410g
445g
365g
375g
410g
430g
450g
Flex Range (not all models)70, 75, 85, 9565, 75, 85, 10065, 75, 85, 9565, 75, 85, 9570, 77, 87
Price Range (USD)$119.99-339.99$159.99-349.99$149.99-259.99$219.99-339.99$139.99-339.99

All Low Kick Hockey Sticks

Brand/CollectionCCM RIBCORWARRIOR COVERTSHERWOOD REKKERTRUE HZRDUS XBAUER VAPOR
ModelsTrigger 7 Pro
Trigger 7
86K
QR5 Pro
QR5 20 Grip
QR5 30 Grip
QR5 50 Grip
Element One Grip
Element Pro Grip
Element two
PX Grip
9X Grip
7X Grip
3X Grip
(AG5NT Grip)
Hyperlite Grip
3X Pro Grip
3X Grip
X3.7 Grip
Weight (@60 inches)380g
415g
460g
395g
425g
435g
490g
379g
422g
433g
345g
375g
390g
445g
335g
385g
410g
430g
450g
Flex Range (not all models)70, 75, 85, 9565, 75, 85, 10065, 75, 85, 9565, 75, 85, 9570, 77, 87
Price Range (USD)$129.99-339.99$69.99-299.99$139.99-259.99$139.99-359.99$129.99-359.99

Which stick should I buy?

Choosing a composite stick should be based both on your hockey experience and your budget.

If you are new to hockey, you might want to get a feel for your stick. It’s very hard to determine this even if you’re at the store holding the stick. 

You’ll want to battle test the stick during a game or practice.

So, I always recommend for beginners to buy a budget-friendly model such as the CCM Ribcor 86K.  

When it comes to more competitive players, you should consider sticks in the super lightweight or lightweight class.

Just note that the lighter the stick, the more you’ll be dishing out top dollar.

Personally, I’ve been using the CCM Ribcor Trigger Pro series for years now. The current model available is the CCM Ribcor Trigger 7 Pro.

As noted earlier, I prefer the 75 flex and I’ve comfortably toggled between the MacKinnon (P40) and Crosby (P29) blade curves. 

These are designated as mid and toe curves respectively. Which simply refers to where the arc initiates on the blade.

As a note, I’m not a fan of heel curves. 

I’ve had difficulty stick handling or toe dragging the puck with them and my slapshot was way off. It was a major nightmare for me.

Final Thoughts

Let me know which is your favorite stick for snapshots.

Is there a brand you think stands out more than the others? I’m always open to testing out something new and give you my feedback.

Drop a comment below with your thoughts.

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