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#1 Echolalia

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 02:44 PM

I'm looking for a puck/ball that I can use on an outdoor surface (ie asphalt or concrete) that best simulates what an ice hockey puck feels and moves like on the ice. After doing a bit of research I've found the propuck, fly puck, and smart hockey ball seem to be good candidates and I was hoping to get some opinions on these brands as well as any others you folks may have tried out. I want to be able to stickhandle, pass, and shoot (hard) so it needs to be durable.

Thanks for the help gang

also, I don't know if this is in the right forum but it is technically hockey related so I'm hoping it can stay here.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:03 PM

Just so you know... the ball is crazy to play with. A ton of control as far as lifting it and it can corkscrew like crazy on a hard shot.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:08 PM

tennis ball

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:09 PM

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I use these with the kids, of course they're 5 and 6. :P

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:10 PM

tennis ball

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That's what I've been using these past several weeks when my boys, and I go out to play.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:12 PM

That's what I've been using these past several weeks when my boys, and I go out to play.


Ugh, I can't stand the way the stick tends to roll over the top of the ball. Handling those things is anything but crisp. Normally I use a typical street hockey ball that's filled with fluid and has a hard exterior (that's what she said) but I get so used to how that handles that when I go to ice hockey and work with a puck I need a couple games to readjust.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:15 PM

Ugh, I can't stand the way the stick tends to roll over the top of the ball. Handling those things is anything but crisp. Normally I use a typical street hockey ball that's filled with fluid and has a hard exterior (that's what she said) but I get so used to how that handles that when I go to ice hockey and work with a puck I need a couple games to readjust.


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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:15 PM

Flypuck isn't something you'd want to play a game with. It's intended as a puckhandling training tool, same with the smarthockey ball.

Don't know if I'd shoot either of them. Propucks aren't horrible, a lot better than those old RHI jofa pucks.

If you're going to actually play, use a propuck-if you're just working on stickhandling, go with the other two.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:17 PM

man, tennis balls are awesome. i have a Sakic-esque wrist shot with them. sometimes i see scouts driving down the street trying to get a look

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:17 PM

Ugh, I can't stand the way the stick tends to roll over the top of the ball. Handling those things is anything but crisp. Normally I use a typical street hockey ball that's filled with fluid and has a hard exterior (that's what she said) but I get so used to how that handles that when I go to ice hockey and work with a puck I need a couple games to readjust.



you made me lol...I hear what your saying about the redjusting period but havent found anything that works either!Is there anyway to coat an actual puck with anything so its slippery? (that reminds me of stepbrothers lol :blush: )

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:17 PM

Ugh, I can't stand the way the stick tends to roll over the top of the ball. Handling those things is anything but crisp. Normally I use a typical street hockey ball that's filled with fluid and has a hard exterior (that's what she said) but I get so used to how that handles that when I go to ice hockey and work with a puck I need a couple games to readjust.

Yeah - the handling does suck with a tennis ball - however I don't mind if my 2 year old doesn't :P

I find it pretty hard to replicate the puck handling with a puck on ice to that of a ball on concrete/asphalt...I do know those funky orange hard balls that are meant for roller hockey are some of the better options available.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:32 PM

One of my coaches told me the most "real" ice hockey feeling you can get is stuffing a whiffle ball full of tennis ball shreds. I never tried it because it seemed like too much work and an idiotic thing to say.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:39 PM

Yeah - the handling does suck with a tennis ball - however I don't mind if my 2 year old doesn't :P

I find it pretty hard to replicate the puck handling with a puck on ice to that of a ball on concrete/asphalt...I do know those funky orange hard balls that are meant for roller hockey are some of the better options available.


By boys I thought you meant your pals, not your actual boys... whoops

While we're at it, does anyone know of a brand of stick that's durable on concrete? I always end up using my wood hockey sticks and they get torn to shreds in like two weeks.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:49 PM

One of my coaches told me the most "real" ice hockey feeling you can get is stuffing a whiffle ball full of tennis ball shreds. I never tried it because it seemed like too much work and an idiotic thing to say.




That actually makes sense. You would retain the 'slickness' of a wiffle ball, while adding the weight and 'bounce' of a puck. I'm gonna try that!

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:52 PM

How about a golf ball, or would that just hurt too much?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:55 PM

How about a golf ball, or would that just hurt too much?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:06 PM

I approve of this thread, even though my friends are way to lazy to actually play hockey. I wouldn't mind knowing this either.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:16 PM

You need a two piece. Use a plastic blade.

#19 Echolalia

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:21 PM

ps anyone who is in the Ferndale area should hit up the outdoor rinks whenever possible. I frequent Wilson and Harding (although Harding isn't a good surface for outdoor wheels)

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 05:09 PM

The cheap plastic blades that are made for street hockey are the best sticks for the driveway. They last a while but do wear down over time. Be sure to get a real hard one not a flimsy blade. Not sure how well they actually replicate ice, but with these sticks you can use any ball (even a tennis ball, and dont have to worry about the annoying friction-roll).

I've always hated playing with any kind of puck on a driveway surface, always seem to jump up and roll on its side, etc. Thats just me.

That wiffle ball trick sounds interesting, but I feel like you'd be constantly stuffing shards of tennis ball back inside it after every shot.
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