Before researching further, I must know how the hockey stick is used and the physics behind one to evaluate a shot. This site provided a detailed look at a slap shot and speaks about an important aspect of a shot, weight transfer. Weight transfer is the ability to translate movement into power. In this case, power goes to your stick causing it to flex. However it is harder to utilize this movement if the stick length is not properly fitted or flex is not proper. This cite also discusses about the different curves on the blade and how it benefits your shots. In conclusion, this is a great website that informs a lot about the physics found in a hockey shot.
This video provides information when purchasing a stick. Therefore the different sizes and flex. It also shows a graph on height to stick based on your body physique (weight and height). This is an reliable source of information, however I do know certain people who do not follow this rule of thumb, and do just fine. This is something i would like to test too, if the flex of the stick affects the top speed of your shot even if both sticks are the same height. This source will be more a reference when doing our experiment.
This video was done by a renowned hockey tutorial channel, explaining some benefits and disadvantages between long and short sticks. Focusing on the shot aspect, he says that the shorter the stick less power, however bigger the stick harder the shot. Although i disagree, as the long stick in the video was was designed for a 7 foot tall person. In result, when contacting the puck there will be less power and accuracy. This is a good video to question, that I can further test throughout my project.
In this website, it demonstrates the scientific definition of what leverage is. In science, leverage is the ratio of change in output to the change in input. The equation to calculating leverage is =leverage x force = change. In other words, leverage multiplied by the amount of force is equal to the change. This website also discusses four MAJOR terms to know:
Change force: Effort required to prepare and make a change
leverage point: Place in structure where a solution element can be applied
low leverage point: small amount of force causes small change
high leverage point: small amount of force causes big change
In all, a great site reviewing and analyzing the definition of leverage.
This website, is a theory/opinion based on stick flex and length. This opinion is gathered through experience and questioning. Flex is how much weight is required for the stick to flex an inch in the kickpoint. His opinion is that when cutting a stick of for example 100 flex, when cut shorter the flex doesn’t change, however it feels stiffer as the player can maintain less leverage when shooting. He also believes that flex can vary through the girth of the stick too.This is something we must consider while doing our experiment, the stick flex and height. In all, a bit more detailed look and opinion of stick length, and also mentioned an extremely important term “leverage”.