We’re happy to tell you what we use in our sticks, we’re proud of them. There’s no secrets.
In our Tech Lab we’ll give you an explanation of the materials, shapes and technologies used and what they mean for you as a player.
Let’s get something out the way first though…
Carbon is the most important thing in a stick, right?
Two sticks showing the same carbon percentage will not perform the same. Period. There are wildly varying carbon grades, there are also differing weaves and levels within these, each of which will offer their own performance characteristics and benefits. As a result, you will see differing levels in all our sticks and this is reflected in our prices. We use premium grade carbon in all our sticks, at the very top we use 24k, this is then followed by 12K, 8K and 3K.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The ‘K’ refers to the number of carbon fibre rovings (strands) that are wound together to create ‘tows’. The tows are then interwoven in to the carbon fibre fabrics to create sheets. For example, 24k carbon fibre features 24,000 individual filaments in a tow, with 12K featuring 12,000 individual filaments etc.
We’re proud to state clearly what we put in our sticks. No secrets.
So, before you start trying to compare one stick against another make sure you have all the information and know exactly what you’re being told. Just because something states 70% carbon doesn’t mean it’s 70% of the premium stuff…there’s a big difference between 18ct and 24ct Gold!
Integrated Dampening System (IDS)
Included in the handle within the structure of the stick is an enhanced piezoelectric fibre cell which converts vibration waves firstly to an electrical signal which is then dissipated as heat energy, all of which is undetectable to the player. By using IDS, we are able to produce sticks with extreme stiffness without the need to compromise on touch and feel.
Nano Polymer Reinforcement (NPR)
A self-assembling group of co-polymers are linked together and then spread throughout the structure of the stick to increase the laminate strength. In conventional constructions, glassfibre is needed to improve the feel and therefore add weight. By adding the NPR to the epoxy, we are able to significantly increase the impact strength and at the same time offer sticks with much greater feel despite their ultra-high stiffness.
Reactive Liquid Polymer (RLP)
A special formulation resin, Reactive Liquid Polymer, is used in the construction of all our TK 3 models. Carboxyl Terminated Butadiene Acrylonitrile (CTBN) is used to co-polymerise the epoxy resin to form a dispersed phase of particles. These particles provide a noticeable enhancement of the fibre matrix to improve the strength, durability and performance of the stick against regular composite constructions.
Our range of profiles have been designed to meet the needs of the current and fast-paced game, whilst also acknowledging that every player has their own preference and requirements.
Whether you’re an amazing drag flicker, 3D skill extraordinaire, midfield dynamo or classical developing player, we have a profile to suit you.
Our most aggressive and extreme placement of the bow offers the perfect shape for the modern player looking to perfect 3D skills or nail those flicks. A thinner shaft profile and head shape offers the maximum assistance in aggressive playability.
Bow Peak: 25mm
Bow Position: 200mm
First introduced in 2002, the original groove is back! Our full Control Wing Technology (CWT) makes a return in 2021 with an updated LATE BOW profile. A thinner shaft profile and head shape further enhances fast dynamic skills.
Bow Peak: 24.5mm
Bow Position: 220mm
Groove Depth: 3mm
A sweeping profile with a late placement of the bow offers high level assistance to dribbling, aerial passing skills and drag flicking. A thinner shaft profile and head shape further enhances fast dynamic game play.
Bow Peak: 24.5mm
Bow Position: 220mm
Featuring a sweeping profile, it is designed to offer all round assistance to a 360-degree skill set. Perfect for those players looking for an all-rounder.
Bow Peak: 24mm
Bow Position: 235mm