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What direction do you tape your blade?
1. Heel to Toe 57%  57%  [ 4 ]
2. Toe to Heel 29%  29%  [ 2 ]
3. The G-String approach: 1-3 strips in the middle. 14%  14%  [ 1 ]
4. I go Brazillian and just wax that shit! 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:52 pm 
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Had a discussion about direction to tape stick blades. People sure love to make something so simple verrrrrry complex. "that way increases the friction and slows your shot!" "This way increases friction to help you keep the puck under control."

So, what do you guys do? I've got some reasons for the way I do it, but they have little/nothing to do with friction. I'll explain after a few answers.
Thanks for playing along.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:21 pm 
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Haven't taped a blade in a minute but when I did it was heel to toe usually. Purely a comfort/speed thing, it's the easiest way to do it.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:25 pm 
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What he said, have been doing it heel to toe forever. Just easier way to do it.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:32 pm 
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Pretty sure I'm heel to toe as well but it's been a decade if not longer since I put tape on a stick.


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Strip along the bottom from top of the toe curve all the way to the heel, then tape from heel to toe. That strip saves a LOT of re-taping.

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Glad to see I'm in the bell curve on this one, meaning, most of you guys are smart. :lol:

Toe to heel- the tape stretches the wrong way and you get those little flaps on the top of the blade. I HATE that. That's my main reason for not going toe to heel. :lol:

I do the same as Bosc- the strip along the bottom of the blade. I used to put a strip along the bottom 1" on the backhand side of the blade for my kids, thinking I'd add a little "cushion" for the puck as it often bounced. Then I just freaked out more that they needed to soften their hands when receiving passes on their backhands and that worked. May cause therapy later on, but they can now handle passes.

I wish Mythbusters was still around. I'd love to see some scientific studies end this argument, as I've had it with many people over the years. To me, the size of the "bumps" the tape edges cause are not even noticeable to a 3" diameter puck, especially when you take into consideration that the tape isn't running perfectly straight up and and down, but on an angle, so there's really only the first "bump" and then the puck is at that level due to the angle of the tape. Plus, how often is your blade perfectly vertical with the puck on it? Almost never. There's a contact area of like 0.01" of puck, by 1" if your blade is perfectly vertical and almost nothing once you tilt that blade. Top corner of the puck.

I wrote a longer, more detailed post before and of course, lost it due to the mysterious timeout issue. :lol: You're probably all happy about that. Or should be.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:30 pm 
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Bosc wrote:
Strip along the bottom from top of the toe curve all the way to the heel, then tape from heel to toe. That strip saves a LOT of re-taping.


I used to do it that way, but haven't for a while. I probably should again because as you say, it does save a lot of re-taping.

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Something else I've found to reduce the need for taping- wax. Being a former surfer, I use good ol' Mr. Zogg's Sex Wax. Smells great and works well. I hit the wax with a heat gun quickly to get it to melt in evenly and the tape stays waterproof for a while. Lasts a lot longer. Can melt with a hair dryer too. Makes the basement smell nice for a few minutes. Each of my kids have their scent. Strawberry for one, grape for the other.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:04 pm 
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Location: Too deep in crease.
I'm Toe to heel. But goalies tend to be different.


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Hounsy wrote:
I'm Toe to heel. But goalies tend to be different.


Indeed you are! Goalie blades are also pretty much the same height all along the length, right? That would eliminate my visual concern.

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