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Innebandybutiken Guide - Shaft techniques

The ultimate description of various types of floorball shaft


In the beginning there was only straight shafts. Then came the curve-stick in 2007 and it exploded. (Yes, we know there were some strange shaft before that too.)

Below you will find explanations and descriptions of lots of different solutions, technologies, features and characteristics that may be in or on a floorball shaft. Many which also comes in combinations with each other.


AHT, Aero Hole Technology
AHT-shaft is a shaft that has large holes through the shaft between the grip and the blade. The holes go from forehand to backhand side. The purpose of the holes is to guide the air flow through the holes instead of creating turbulence around the shaft. The effect you get is that you get less air resistance, and you become a little faster in the movement. The design with holes also allows the shaft becomes more rigid and better balanced. Better shots and passing characteristics are the result.
     
    Air Pressure Rail System
Air Pressure Rail System are two fairly long and indented grooves on the top and bottom of the shaft. They are centered on the shaft. The grooves allow the shaft to becomes more rigid and the force you create when you shoot moving down to the blade. Your shots will be harder.
     
    Bamboo
Bamboo is a straight shaft which is composed of smaller sections that gradually becomes narrower. Resembles the bamboo's growth habit, hence the name. "Joints" formed between the sections making the shaft more stable. The structure also allows the shaft to becomes extremely light.
     
    Booster
Booster is a technique where the reinforcements placed outside a shaft to strengthen it up, make it more rigid and shifts flex point towards the blade. The aim is to give you a harder shot.
     
    Bow
Bow means that the shaft bends like a bow. The idea is a bow where the bend is designed to provide power in the shot. Bow is available in several variants with different degrees bend. A bowed shaft allows you to get the ball closer to your own body and can defend it better. The aim is to give you a harder shot.
     
    Bubble
Bubble is basically a straight shaft with the difference that there is a bubble just below the grips ending towards the blade. The bubble is made by the carbon fiber is inflated during manufacture. The purpose of the bubble is to move the flex points downwards to the blade, providing a flicker and harder shot.
     
    Cobra/Shooter's Shaft
Cobra or Shooter's shaft as it is actually called, is a shaft having a soft bend below the face-off line. Down at the blade are the shaft additionally flattened, looks much like a cobra rises and stretches out his arms. This design provides a greater shot power and therefore a harder shot.
     
    Curve
Curve is a shaft that is bent between the grip end and the blade. Curve Shaft is available in various degrees of curve. When you shoot the curve straightens out and you get a catapult effect that gives you harder shots. The curve itself also means that you get the ball closer to your body than with a straight shaft.
     
    Dimples
Dimples are small recessed pits in the shaft surface, just like in floorball balls. A shallow pattern makes the air not swirl in the same way as on flat surfaces. There is less turbulence and air restistance. A lower air resistance means that you get a faster movement with the shaft.
     
    Double Bubble
Double Bubble is a straight shaft with two blown bubbles just below the grips ending towards the blade. The bubbles makes the shaft unable to bend were it normally would. The flex point is shifted towards the blade. It makes you shoot harder.
     
    DoubleCurve
Double Curve is a bowed stick which the shaft that bends in two directions. Usually a sharper curve between the handle and the blade and a softer under the grip. A curved shaft allows you to get the ball closer to the body and you can defend it better. The purpose of the curves is that you get a harder shot.
     
    Square
Square shaft is exactly as it sounds. Instead of a round pipe, the shank formed into a square tube. A square shaft becomes more rigid because of the corners and not allow the shaft turning around its centerpoint when you shoot.
     
    Groove
Groove has a shaft that is slightly flattened and has an indentation on the top and bottom. Inward bend is a classic way to do something stronger. Groove has two bubbles. Between the bubbles forms a waist where the shaft flex point is. Groove technology allows the shaft to be stronger and more sustainable in the shooting direction.
     
    KickZone
Kick Zone is an indentation on the backhand side just below the face-off line. The shaft becomes narrower and carbon fiber may bend a little different than in the rest of the shaft. When you shoots the kick zone straightened out and then kicks the ball away, you get a harder shot.
     
    Light
A beloved child has many names, Top Light, Superlight, Feather Light, Air, Ultra Light, 100g, 96g, Tour Lite. Is really no shaft technology but about the material shaft is made of. In the lightweight shafts extra lightweight materials has been used to cut weight and provide an light and comfortable feeling.
     
    MegaCurve
Mega Curve is a more extreme version of a Double Curve. The shaft first bend in one direction and then bends to the other way. The difference is that the curves are closer to each other and the shaft are therefore more radical bent. A curved shaft allows you to get the ball closer to the body and you can defend it better. The aim with the mega-curves is to get a harder shot. 
     
    Power Rails
Power Rails is indented grooves on the forehand and backhand side of a shaft. Used to make the shaft more rigid and move the force of the shot to the blade. Can act as a supporting technology for a bow or curve but also stand alone to move the power down to the blade.
     
    S-Bow
S-Bow is a shaft that bends in a smooth curve, but in two directions. First, an bow in one direction and then a bow in the opposite direction. S-bow is the further development of the Bow. The aim is to give you a harder shot.
     
    SuperCurve
Super Curve is a bowed stick which a shaft bends in two directions. Usually a sharper curve between the grip and the blade and a softer under the grip itself. A curved shaft allows you to get the ball closer to the body and you can defend it better. The purpose of the curves is that you get a harder shot.
     
    Straight round shaft
Plain straight, taper shaft without any frills. The original floorball shaft. Normally flexing in the middle.
     
    Rifle
Rifle is indented grooves running between grip and the blade on the forehand and backhand side ot the shaft. Allows the shaft gets a double flex, a harder flex on the forehand / backhand and a softer flex on the top / bottom direction. The objective is to give you a harder shot.
     
    Ripple
Ripple is grooves which run in a circle around the shaft. The area with the ripple has several grooves that are denser in the middle of the area. The ripples affect how the shaft flexes and gives you more flick in the shot.
     
    TipCurve/TipShape
TipCurve / TipShape is a small curve at the bottom of the shaft. The curve provides a different angle between the blade and the floor, an angle that is more optimal for ball control. Tipcurve / Tipshape is available with different degrees of curve. Since it is a curve, it also provides some kick in the shot.
     
    TipKick
TipKick is an area where both sides of the shaft is indented towards each other. TipKick pushes the energy and power of your shot to the shaft flex point, giving you a harder shot.
     
    TKS, Torsion Kick System
TKS is a shaft technology that allows a shaft to be more torsional rigid. You see it as two spirals that run against each other around the shaft. These spirals allows the shaft to kicks the ball away harder. when flexing your shaft when shooting.
     
    Triangle
Triangle is just like it sounds, a shaft that is triangular instead of round. The upper part where you hold is round and your start to feel the triangle slightly at the bottom hand. The shaft has base of the triangle on the backhand and has therefore a peaked forehand. The design ensures that you get a softer flex in the shooting direction, giving you a harder shot.
     
    Twin Curve
Twin Curve is a curve that is at the top of the shaft at the knob. The curve is from the upper side towards the backside and make sure you get a completely different angle at the upper hand. Especially good for those who love to hold the stick only with the upper hand while dribbling. In addition, a curved shaft that you get the ball closer to the body and can defend it better. 
     
    Twist
Twist is a rotation of the entire shaft and the carbon fiber between the grip wrap and face-off line. You feel it as a spiral. Twist makes the flex point moves down towards the blade and you get a more rigid shaft for a harder shot.
     
    TWS, Two Way System
TWS are waves on the backhand side of the shaft, between the grip and the blade. The waves gives the shaft has a harder flex on the forehand side and a softer flex on the backhand. The aim is that you should get more consistent backhand and forehand shots. Most players are weaker on the backhand and need more help from the shaft for a harder shot.
     
    V-Dips
V-Dips are small embossed V's of the shaft, in much the same way as dimples in the balls. V-dips will make the shaft more rigid and resistant to strains.
     
    Whipzone
WhipZone is an indentation on the backhand side just below the face-off line. The shaft becomes narrower and carbon fiber may bend a little different than in the rest of the shaft. When you shoots the Whipzone straightened out and then kicks the ball away, you get a harder shot.
     
    X-Shaft
X Shaft is a way to make a floorball shaft slimmer, more elegant and yet durable. At the shaft's natural flex point, the center, is a cross embossed. The cross makes the shaft more stable and provides torsional stiffness.