Which stick: Grays GR10000 or AJ7?

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  1. sampritchard

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    Need a new stick after my well loved Kookaburra Team Phoenix - and I'm torn between these two. Anyone got any thoughts?
     
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    If possible, try both.

    See what you like better.

    Does it have to be one of the two you've listed?
    Any reason why another Phoenix isn't a good option?
     
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    Have you tried lots of sticks and narrowed it down to these 2 and just can't decide between them? If not can you try them

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    The Phoenix has quite a thick toe which I'm not a fan of for 3D skills
     
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    Tried both having narrowed down from about 8/9 sticks. Only tried them in a shop though so haven't tried them for hitting, slapping and aerials
     
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    Fair enough, I avoid Kookaburra because of their toes as well.

    The 10 will be slightly stiffer (as far as I am aware.)
    I presume the AJ7 is an older model, as Jackson is now with STX?
     
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    Grays still released an AJ7 this year - not sure why if Jackson uses STX now - but I'm looking for a nice soft feel so I currently lean towards the AJ7. Still not decided though
     
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    Hi Sam - FYI the AJ7 was released before we decided not to renew Jacksons contract. You are right the combination of materials in that stick should provide a much softer feel.
    Best *Hugo
     
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    A guy at my club has the new AJ7, its a nice stick, stiffer then AJ7s of the past but not as stiff as the 10k if my memory serves me (only had limited time with it at Barrington sports). But they are also different bow profiles are they not? I think the 10k is closer to the team phoenix and the AJ7 is a full low bow, so it's which profile do you prefer.

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    ah ok. Does the lower carbon content have a noticeable effect on the power of the stick? cheers
     
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    GR10k is a dynabow, AJ7 is a Jumbow-S, so has a lower bow. Honestly, they don't really seem like comparable models. GR10k is the highest amount of carbon (not quite sure of the percentage, but its high), while AJ7 is softer. I think a more appropriate comparison would be something like the GR7k vs AJ7? For flicking, 3D skills, aerials etc, AJ7 will likely perform better due to the lower bow, but will come with compromises as well. As for whether the carbon content have a noticeable effect, that will come entirely down to your technique, you'll need to try them both.
     
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    As for the comparison between these two, they just happened to be the two in the shop which I preferred the most, but you're right they're very different. I guess it's between whether I want a soft feel or a shape similar to my Phoenix. The one thing I'd like to know about the AJ7 is how well it hits - and if it has a similar performance in that department to the GR10k then that'll be my choice
     
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    Based on an AJ7 I had (albeit a fairly old model), they hit nicely in that there's a big sweet spot, and is pretty forgiving so you're not likely to get big vibrations etc if you don't hit it quite right. On the other hand, if you catch the GR10k right then it'll fly off the stick with a lot of pace (if its anything like my SW13), more than you'd be able to achieve with the AJ7.
     
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    That's great to know - I'm looking for feel over power as I tend to have quite hard hands - but as long as it still hits pretty well that's fine by me, my game is more based around passing, 3D skills and dribbling so I'm pretty sure the AJ7 is the right choice. Thanks for the advice!
     
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    No problem! Best of luck with the new stick :)
     
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    he AJ7 is a lovely stick to use! I have that as well as a GR7000 probow extreme. The feel of the AJ7 is ALOT softer than the 7000 ( so will imagine this will be the same with the 10k.

    But the main difference would be the bow profile.... with the AJ7 being a jumbow s (slightly thicker shaft for reversing) where the 10k is the dynabow profile. if you are after a soft touch with low bow, go for the AJ7 id say.

    the aj7 also hits well, just not as well as the gr7000 in my opinion
     
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    he AJ7 is a lovely stick to use! I have that as well as a GR7000 probow extreme. The feel of the AJ7 is ALOT softer than the 7000 ( so will imagine this will be the same with the 10k.

    But the main difference would be the bow profile.... with the AJ7 being a jumbow s (slightly thicker shaft for reversing) where the 10k is the dynabow profile. if you are after a soft touch with low bow, go for the AJ7 id say.

    the aj7 also hits well, just not as well as the gr7000 in my opinion
     
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    Thanks - however had to change this as I found the GR10k a bit stiff and the AJ7 was sold out in 37.5L everywhere, I literally couldn't find it. Went for the GR8000 Probow Xtreme instead, which I love - it's a perfect balance of stiffness and feel
     

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