I have been using SWD 9950 for a while and have always been happy with them, but never had a great shot with the stick so decided to try something else. After doing some research this stick looked like a solid choice. The Backstrom curve is great for flinging the puck. My only complaint is the thing chips very very easy. Took two shots off the shaft and it started to chip. Not sure what the long term durability will be like, but for the price I cant complain.