Below is a list I made for the best hockey sticks to get the most out of your wrist shots.
Not only do I give you my preferred sticks, but I break down all available options based on price category.
For this discussion, I've only provided examples of composite one-piece sticks, which is the most common type used in today's game.
This includes both professionals and amateurs alike.
Typically, the most expensive sticks are lighter in weight made of the most innovative materials.
Each company has their own proprietary manufacturing process for making their sticks robust. They even offer a 30-day warranty should the stick break through normal usage.
I include the stick technology in each of the descriptions for those interested.
Whether you shop for a hockey stick online or at the store, you’re presented with a large variety of options.
I know this because I’ve done a breakdown of comparable brands most popular in the industry. See my blog post about it here to learn more.
In the related blog post, I separated the sticks based on their kick point, which has an impact on wrist shots.
I've isolated and updated these specific models (for wrist shots) in the paragraphs just below.
In fact, there are two elements to selecting a stick to improve your wrist shot: low kick point and low stick flex.
Keep in mind that the lower the stick flex value, the more the stick arcs (making it more flexible).
And, essentially, you’re looking for a stick that arcs during the release of your shot.
The greater the arc, the more power generated prior to shooting the puck.
Advantages of a Flexible Stick
Hockey Sticks with a lower stick flex (more flexible) and a low kickpoint generate a great deal of power on shot release.
As a result, not only will the puck propel more forcefully on the follow through, but puck release is also much quicker.
Just remember - hard shot, quick release.
Disadvantages of a Flexible Stick
There are a few disadvantages to hockey sticks with higher flexibility and lower kick point.
The trade-off for a more powerful wrist shot is a weaker slap shot.
But keep in mind that players will take a wrist shot or snap shot more often than a slapshot.
If you don’t believe me, check out my analysis here about administered shot types at the NHL level.
Furthermore, there is a possibility for the stick shaft to snap.
While every stick reaches its eventual demise, I’ve seen them last anywhere from a couple of months to over two years.
The shaft is usual culprit, with the stick blade being a close second place.
Lastly, if you’re used to a stiffer shaft, there is a small adjustment period to getting used to the whippier feel.
But ever since I made the change to a lower flex, I have trouble with the stiffer sticks.
List of Best Hockey Stick for Wrist Shots
1. My Two Preferred Selections
While the recommendations I provided below are not for the most expensive stick, they do appear in the high end category (Super Lightweight models).
FYI, I've played hockey since an early age and currently play both for an amateur, organized league and university intramurals.
CCM RIBCOR Trigger 7 Pro
Released in 2022
Nanolite Carbon Layering
Flex (Available In)
70, 75, 85, 95
P29 or P40
WARRIOR COVERT QR5 Pro Grip
Released in 2022
Flex (Available In)
65, 75, 85, 100
2. Super Lightweight I
|Brand/Collection||TRUE PROJECT X||BAUER AG5NT||BAUER VAPOR||TRUE PROJECT X||CCM RIBCOR||WARRIOR COVERT|
|Model||TRUE HZRDUS PX Grip||AG5NT Grip (Limited Edition)||Hyperlite Griptac||TRUE HZRDUS 9X Grip||Trigger 7 Pro||QR5 Pro Grip|
|Weight (@60 inches)||345g||335g||385g||375g||380g||395g|
|Material||Precision Laminate Design||Boron, DuraFlex Resin, Carbon Fiber||Boron, DuraFlex Resin, Carbon Fiber||Carbon Fiber||Nanolite Carbon Layering||R.L.C. 188|
|Flex (Available In)||65, 75, 85, 95||70, 77, 87||70, 77, 87, 102||65, 75, 85, 95||70, 75, 85, 95||65, 75, 85, 100|
3. Super Lightweight II
|Brand/Collection||CCM RIBCOR||WARRIOR COVERT||SHERWOOD REKKER||TRUE HZRDUS X||BAUER VAPOR|
|Model||Trigger 7||QR5 20 Grip||Element One Grip||TRUE HZRDUS 7X Grip||3X Pro Grip|
|Weight (@60 inches)||415g||425g||390g||390g||410g|
|Material||Advanced Carbon Matrix||R.L.C. 155||Carbon Nanotube Technology||Axcenic One-Piece, Precision Laminate Design||TeXtreme|
|Flex (Available In)||70, 75, 85, 95||65, 75, 85, 100||65, 75, 85, 95||65, 75, 85, 95||70, 77, 87|
4. Lightweight I
|Brand/Collection||SHERWOOD REKKER||BAUER VAPOR||SHERWOOD REKKER||WARRIOR COVERT||TRUE HZRDUS X|
|Model||Element Pro Grip||3X Grip||Element Two||QR5 30 Grip||TRUE HZRDUS 3X Grip|
|Weight (@60 inches)||422g||430g||433g||435g||445g|
|Material||BlackLine Carbon Fiber||UD Carbon Fiber||BlackLine Carbon Fiber||R.L.C. 133||Carbon Fiberglass|
|Flex (Available In)||65, 75, 85, 95||70, 77, 87||65, 75, 85, 95||65, 75, 85, 100||65, 75, 85, 95|
5. Lightweight II
|Brand/Collection||CCM RIBCOR||BAUER VAPOR|
|Weight (@60 inches)||460g||450g|
|Flex (Available In)||75, 85||77, 87|
Which hockey stick should you buy?
My recommendation is to select one of the sticks listed based on your playing experience.
If you’re new to hockey, look no further than the best value or budget brands. You can go with the CCM Ribcor 86K model.
While these sticks are relatively heavier than the top models, they provide the same feel when it comes to flexibility and kick point.
For the more competitive hockey players, consider the higher end models if it’s well within your budget.
I’ve tried many brands of hockey sticks, but the one I keep coming back to is the CCM, especially the Ribcor Collection.
I’ve also had great experience with the Warrior sticks as well.
To figure which stick flex to choose from, you’ll need to take your weight in lbs and divide 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 between a stick with 75 or 85 flex, but I prefer now the 75-flex option.
It’s been my preferred stick flex for the last three years.
Personally, it’s because my shot release is simply much quicker.
Height Factor in Stick Flex
Just keep in mind that height also plays a factor in stick flex. In my case, I lose some flexibility because I must cut the stick.
Note that I’m 5’7 or 168cm in height.
If you’re taller than me, you might feel more comfortable with the 85-flex option.
Finding the perfect hockey stick for you is a matter of trial and error. You’ll never know how comfortable it feels until its battle tested in a game.
Lastly, you’ll be asked to select your blade curve. For CCM, I prefer either the P40 (MacKinnon) or P29 (Crosby) curves.
They allow for shooting seamlessly and proper stick handling. I’d say these are two of the most common blade curves sold on the market today.
For a comparative chart across all brands, make sure to check out the following link.
Let me know what your favorite stick model is.
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 and share your thoughts.