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TRUE Temper Hockey kicks off 2022 with the Catalyst PX hockey stick. The Catalyst 9X has been slowly blooming as a favourite of elite players, and the updated and upgraded Catalyst PX features many returning and brand new technologies to make the line even better. This iteration reintroduces TRUE’s PLD tech and Axenic Tech, and debuts ResFlo and TRT into the line. TRUE continues to revise their popular Catalyst hockey stick to integrate new, more efficient tech, which is how they’ve also managed to reach their strongest and lightest mid kick stick yet.
Stick Flex Profile The Catalyst PX is part of the Catalyst family, which is TRUE’s power-focused gear line. As implied, mid kick specializes in adding explosive power to your one timers, wrist shots, and slap shots. This kick point is commonly used by defensemen and forwards who prefer to play up higher in the offensive zone.
Shaft Construction & Stiffness TRUE reintroduced their PLD tech, or Precision Laminate Design, into the Catalyst PX. As it did with the Catalyst 9X, PLD focuses on ply angles in the make of the stick, keeping it efficient, lightweight, and durable. PLD works with Axenic tech to enhance the one-piece construction and feel that comes with it.
ResFlo is new for 2022 and addresses resin distribution to make sure voids in the construction are minimized. This tech complements the new material advances and lower resin content found in the Catalyst PX, resulting in a major weight reduction from the Catalyst 9X while keeping its strength and flex profile.
Blade Construction The blade features a TRT design, or Tri Rib Tech. This construction reinforces key areas that tend to take the most impact from the puck by placing rib structures strategically along the blade. This results in a more stable and durable blade. The new addition of expanding foam and rib structures extending up the toe add to the stability, effectively increasing strength and accuracy in your shots. TRUE also reinforced the hosel to be stronger, reducing pattern breakage.
Graphics The Catalyst PX stays with the black and gold colouration of the rest of the line. It also keeps the honeycomb pattern angled along the shaft, in addition to the matte blade. The shaft is adorned with a silver “PX” beside the Catalyst name, differentiating it from the rest.
Grip The Catalyst PX features a soft gloss grip on the shaft, making it easy to keep a good handle on your stick.
Blade Patterns, Flex & Stick Length The TRUE Catalyst PX Junior Stick comes in the following blade patterns: TC2.5, TC4. TC2.5 is very similar to the TC2 (all-round blade pattern with a mid-curve style), but it is just a bit taller. This curve may suffer a little bit on the backhand. TC4 is a much more aggressive stick pattern, used often by elite players. This blade curve specializes in quick and accurate shots, but it can be a bit difficult to get used to since it is also very good at raising the puck.
General Guidelines for Choosing a Hockey Sticks
Stick length tends to be a preference, but you can use these general guidelines to help determine what is best for you. Sticks come in Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Youth lengths with corresponding flex options. You will need to consider your weight and height or the person you are buying for in order to choose the correct size. Intermediate, Junior, and Youth sticks will have smaller shaft dimensions, making them easier for young players to hold and control.
A stick can always be cut down in length, and will usually be cut down for kids. However, selecting too large a size can hinder performance, as the more you cut off the stick, the stiffer the stick will get. As a general rule, a stick increases 3% in stiffness for every inch cut off.
Picking the Correct Length of a Hockey Stick
Once you have received your hockey stick, it is time to make sure it is the length you desire. This is generally a personal preference but here is good place to start if you are unsure how long to cut your stick. To determine the proper height, stand with your shoes off and the stick against your body with the toe on the ground. As a general rule of thumb we recommend sticks to come up to between your mouth and nose. For kids, or players who are still growing, the maximum height we recommend is eye level. Mark the shaft of the stick where the height is desired and cut it down to length. Make sure to re-insert the plastic plug from the top if it is a composite stick.
Information to Consider Flex Options
Players want to be able to fully flex the stick. If a stick is too soft, the resulting shot will be inaccurate and weak. If a stick is too stiff, there will be no power behind the shot. Think of the flex number as pounds of force. This is the number of pounds that need to be put into the stick to fully flex it.
The blade lie describes the angle of the blade in relation to the shaft. A Lie 5 is a 135 degree angle and each lie increase is an angle decrease of 2 degrees (the higher the lie the greater the angle). A player’s body positioning impacts the lie needed. The straighter up the player stands, the more the toe of the blade will be on the ice. The deeper the player bends down the more heel of the blade will be on the ice. A lower lie is more recommended for a player that skates really bent over or uses a longer stick. A higher lie is recommended for a player that skates more upright and prefers a shorter stick.
If you’re noticing too much wear on the heel or the toe of your stick then it might be a good idea to get a different lie. Go to a lower lie if you’re experiencing a lot of heel wear and go to a higher lie if that wear is appearing closer to the toe.
Mid-Kick sticks & Low-Kick sticks: a mid-kick stick will have a stiffer taper so that it flexes more in the middle of the shaft. These sticks have a longer loading time but offer a more powerful shot, perfect for players taking a lot of slap shots.
A low-kick stick will have a stiffer middle of the shaft and softer taper so that it flexes at the bottom of the shaft closer to the blade. These sticks will have a much quicker release perfect for quick snap shots and writs shots.
There are two options when it comes to the finish on sticks: clear or grip. A traditional clear finish on a stick will allow for easy movement of the players hand up and down the shaft of the stick. A grip option is a “sticky” feeling down the shaft that will give the player better control when shooting. Leaning into a slap shot, the grip option will not allow the stick to twist in the players hand when the stick makes contact with the puck for a more accurate shot. Grip on a stick is a personal preference option that each player will have a different opinion on.