So I’ve recently started developing my drag flick, and the big wigs at Gryphon suggested I try out the Tour Deuce 2. At first I was a little hesitant as I was nervous that the bow would hinder my hitting (but lets face it, any change to my hitting could be called an improvement!) and other skills like simple trapping and slapping. I already knew that the composition of the Tour range is second to none, with a huge amount of stiffness which I find makes even my shooting look quick.
To my surprise it was really quite a smooth transition between my Classic Curve mould and the new Tour Deuce 2 mould. It was so easy to play close skills with the stick. The low-bow of the stick allows me to get more of the stick around the ball when I’m doing change of direction drags. The low-bow also helps me get under the ball with ease which makes my jinxing a piece of cake. The only thing I had to change was my tomahawk technique. Originally I got under the ball a bit too much but it only took a couple of sessions and now I can actually pass and shoot faster and with more confidence than before.
Now we get to why I made the move over in the first place. The good ol’ drag flick. My technique is developing ok, but this stick allows me to really perfect my movements as I’m not so worried about power anymore. I used to focus on trying to make the ball go as quick as possible, and this led to some really bad habits which I knew would eventually progress into some serious injuries down the road. The Gryphon Tour Deuce 2 really has an aggressive amount of force if you know how to use it. The stage of rolling the ball back down the stick towards the head just before ball release is still really smooth, and the low-bow allows that final contact to be strong. This helps make that final change of direction that you see the pros like Luke Doerner do so well, and it gives the keeper small chance to pick the flick direction.
All in all I’m really happy with changing over to the Gryphon Deuce 2. It has a good balance of power and control and really allows me to send the ball into the net with a level of aggression that I didn’t have before. If you haven’t had a go with one I really recommend giving it a test-drive, you won’t be disappointed!