This guide is designed to help you choose the perfect stick for you from the wide range we offer at the international performance end of our range, the Tour and Taboo series.
It’s common for players to think they should just choose the top model automatically. While the Tour is technically the most advanced and in that sense ‘best’ stick in our range, it doesn’t automatically follow that it is the right or best stick for you. That is why we offer the Taboo series models too! This guide will explain our range and some of the considerations that lead you to choose your perfect Gryphon stick.
One thing we won’t talk about is material percentages. Gryphon sticks have never and will never use this kind of description in the marketing of sticks because in its basic form it is meaningless. Carbon, for example, comes in various grades and qualities and unless you know you are comparing carbon of the same level any claim of how much is included is worthless since more of lower quality carbon will always be outperformed by less of better. Power comes from linear and torsional stiffness and our unique lay-up methods were developed to create the maximum power to weight output, i.e. stiffness, required at each level, enhanced by using the best materials and manufacturing processes.
The Starting Point
There are three main considerations to begin with:
- Touch and feel (this will enable you to choose your model)
- Shape (this will lead you to the right stick profile)
- Weight and balance point (the final factor, common to all sticks)
Touch and Feel
Performance is not just power, it is perhaps even more so touch and feel, i.e. when the ball and stick come together how does that connection feel through your hands.
We make the touch and feel you get on the ball a variable feature of all Gryphon sticks. Across our Tour and Taboo models (our international level performance sticks) the potential power will be much closer by comparison than the feel, which will vary greatly. This means you do not have to worry about power, all Tour and Taboo models will give you that capability, but instead consider how that power will feel.
Tour and Taboo Blue Steel have an instant and very responsive touch, meaning that you feel contact with the ball in your hands straightaway. With Tour we add Kraibon (an energy absorber) to the mix to give a more cushioned touch on the ball whereas Taboo Blue Steel is purely built on a carbon, aramid and glassfibre blend for an instant connection and a more personal feel. Taboo Dekoda and Taboo Striker have a more cushioned touch by virtue of adjustments in these materials in the lay-up.
There are 5 shapes to choose from at the top of the Gryphon range, though not every shape is available on every model.
Think of a sliding scale where at one end you have the basic skills of the game (trapping, pushing etc) and at the other the more dynamic, such as 3D skills, overheads and dragflicking. Each shape features somewhere on this scale to give you assistance in its area, while you have to adapt to do the rest (if you want to). You and the stick are a partnership, the stick will help you but you have to help it also.
Classic Curve (CC)
The most traditional shape, a mid bow. A 23mm bow peaking at 300mm on the stick gives you an easy to handle shape that is set up to deliver the basic skills. You will need to adjust wrist and body position to create the angle needed for wider ball movement, overheads etc.
Pro 25 (P25)
New for 2019, an update of our late bow profile. Now with a flatter and wider midsection to sit in your right hand better when you are trapping and pushing, a deeper (but not heavier) shaft profile for increased power and better balance and a smoother curve in transition through the larger (25mm) bow that is placed at 250mm. Pro 25 is a more dynamic late bow than the original Pro to give greater assistance to more advanced skills without losing the all-round assistance and ease of play that is the late bow hallmark.
This is a unique and niche shape. A 23.8mm bend sits at 225mm on the stick for an extra late bow shape and dynamic skill emphasis. A deeper shaft profile generates high level power. The toe of the head is extended with a small incline at the tip for extra control on the reverse. Great for an all-round game, especially good for improving control on the reverse.
Deuce II (DII)
A really dynamic profile set up for the most advanced skills in the game which means you have to adjust wrist and hand position to perform the basics. The high point of the bow is at 23mm and positioned at 205mm for an extra late bow profile that is smoothly and evenly shaped.
This shape is the most advanced and focussed in our range. The Samurai is basically the DII shape but with an added groove in the face through the lower third of the shaft and head, creating the ultimate in dynamic ball control and performance of elimination skills, overheads and dragflicking.
Weight and Balance Point
The final consideration but a very important one!
The weight range of Gryphon sticks is typically from 510g to 540g. You want a stick that is heavy enough to maximise power but not so heavy that you can’t manoeuvre it well to perform other skills.
The balance point determines the weight distribution. The midpoint of a stick as far as balance goes is 400mm and that means the pick-up is even as the weight is evenly distributed. Below 400mm (max depth 380mm) gives you a lower balance and a stick that is weighted towards the head, potentially making it more powerful. Above 400mm (max 410mm) means a stick that is weighted to the handle and picks up lighter in the head, potentially making it more manoeuvrable.
The best way to evaluate this and get your best combination is to dribble the ball from side to side. If the stick and ball stay together and all feels good then your combination is right. If the stick is getting away from the ball then the weight is too high and/or the balance is too low as you are not moving the stick quickly enough. Conversely if the stick is getting away from the ball then the weight is too low and/or balance too high as you are moving it too quickly.
You don’t have to get too hung up on this, it’s important but differences are minimal - for example, shut your eyes and have a 15g weight put in one hand and a 20g weight put in the other, will you be able to detect 5g difference? So usually it’s best to keep it simple and say to us “light, really light, bit heavier” for the weight and “even, low, high” for the balance and we can do the rest.
We know there’s a lot to take in here but it’s important to think about what you choose to get the best FOR YOU from our range. We are here to help, feel free to call us on 01462 423839 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We can’t send out test sticks but you can also come to see us at our Hitchin base (visits by appointment only) during those times too to check out the options for yourself.