NOTE: This review is about the 2014 model of the Gryphon Taboo Bluesteel Pro, why? Well it’s one I’ve bought for myself because I found a bargain on some old stock, there are still some out there if you are looking for a great new stick, see links at end. The 2014 is red & black as opposed to the blue & red (cooler right?).
Gryphon have a reputation for making some of the hardest hitting hockey sticks in the world. This is indeed the case, there is more to a Gryphon hockey stick than just power, as we find out in this review of the Taboo Bluesteel Pro.
Hockey sticks from Gryphon are fairly easy to get your head around when looking to review the range. ‘Taboo’ is a range of hockey sticks, ‘Bluesteel’ is the model name in the range and ‘Pro’ is the shaft shape.
Talking of shaft shapes, for me, the Pro is one of Gryphon’s best. Famed normally for their superlow bow hockey stick shapes like the Samurai and the Deuce and also for the high bow Classic Curve the Pro sits quietly in the middle.
I was specifically looking for this position, until now I’ve had higher bow sticks like the Osaka Mid-bow, a Kookaburra Mbow and not much higher the Malik dribble curve.
Though the higher bow sticks are great for dribbling, as I stepped up my game to include more 3D stuff I have desired a stick to make it easier to scoop the ball up and still can’t quite get the hang of really low bows.
At 250mm up from the ground the Gryphon Bluesteel Pro shape is perfect, it’s a big curve at 24mm too so there is plenty of ‘scoop’ to be had and I have noticed it is easier to gently pick the ball up over incoming sticks, especially when directly behind the ball.
Also worth highlighting in the review of the Gryphon Taboo Bluesteel is the chunkiness. Gryphon put some emphasis in how good quality the material is that they use, and when holding this hockey stick you immediately notice how much of it there is.
The shaft is chunky, not in a bulky way like some of the Grays hockey sticks, in a reassuring way, you can be confident the Taboo Bluesteel is going to hold it’s ground when stopping and hitting the ball, I personally like that in my hockey sticks.
The combination of quality materials and shaft thinkness must also contribute to the power of this thing. Playing through the middle I don’t often get a chance to exploit it’s power when passing, however on goal I can knock the skin of the ball (if only it could make me more accurate!).
Without a doubt, the Gryphon power is here in the Taboo Bluesteel Pro and if I was a power monkey I would concentrate my review on this point, however, I am first and foremost a dribbler and I can’t get off of the shape.
My biggest fear going on to a lower bow was loosing control, this really hasn’t been the case though, the Pro shape on the Bluesteel Pro is just so well balanced that dribbling is great.
Another area the shape has improved is stopping the ball with an upright stick. Now when I run in a gap and post up the ball comes under control so much easier, with much less need to re-adjust I can turn and go quicker. Really nice.
I know some of these points might be due to a general shape, I’m sure they are. Considering though I found this 2014 model of the Gryphon Taboo Bluesteel Pro for a bargain online, considering the extra power I can generate on shots, considering the obvious quality of the sticks construction (im going to do it) the Gryphon Taboo Bluesteel Pro is my best stick so far.
- Shaft bow: 24mm curve at 250mm up from heel
- Headshape: Maxi
- Material Composition: No one knows, my guess is 80% carbon, 15% fibre and 5% other
- Features: Reinforced impact areas (face and reverse edge basically!)
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