I've had this stick for about a season, and the blade of the paddle separated and i didn't notice it until i retapped yesterday. It chips easily. Just because it's cheaper now doesn't mean you should go buy this stick. TotalGoalie would be better served just throwing these sticks in the trash, or send them back to sherwood for their own inventory refund. The 2nd one i have (which was my backup stick now it's my fulltime stick), already shows signs that the core is separating at the heel, after maybe 5-7 games.