There are hundreds of custom curves used in the NHL today – most of them being slight variations of the more popular curves found at retail. Bigger curves, like the P28/W71, make it slightly easier to control the puck on the forehand and quickly elevate the puck. However, it makes the puck more difficult to control on the backhand and makes backhand shots more difficult. Straighter curves, like the PM9/W01, make it slightly harder to elevate the puck, but makes accurate passing slightly easier and allows for better use of the backhand. A common adjustment that we see in custom curves is the addition of a “kink” near the toe of the blade. According to Jared Quartuccio, Pro Services Manager at Warrior Hockey, the kink is intended to help the player pull pucks back into their body that are just barely in reach. From personal use, we’ve found that this helps with toe-drags, pulling pucks off the boards and, surprisingly, that it did not have any noticeable effect on most shots.