So you want to review if Kookaburra’s 2015 model stick will give you the Midas touch? One thing I have always felt about Kookaburra sticks is they have touch (feel) at the expense of power.
In 2015 Kookaburra have added an amazing new technology to the Team Midas hockey stick specifically addressing my power concern, the 4-Core shaft inners. I’m going to kick of my review of the Kookaburra Team Midas talking about the effect this has had.
Booooooooom is the best way to review it. Unfortunately, this wasn’t my stick so I couldn’t cut it open and take a look inside, though I didn’t really need to as the addition of 4-Core technology has increased power in the Team Midas enough to be very noticeable.
Rather than me explain how it works, check out the video at the bottom of this page.
I believe the Kookaburra Team Midas might be the best hockey stick for defenders on the market. When you play defence you want a few key things from your hockey stick:
- Enough manoeuvrability to shift the stick while tracking back
- A sturdy stick to help you tackle or intercept
- Power to clear the ball and make precision passes up-field
Defence in my opinion is overlooked by many hockey stick brands, its much more common for me to review sticks designed to improve drag-flicking or ‘creative playmaking’ and as soon as I started to review the Kookaburra TEAM MIDAS I realised who it would suit.
Reviewing the needs of the defender lets start with the weight of the Kookaburra Team Midas. Only available in light, the 36.5” version I used was 587g with a chamois grip added to it. Not as light weight as some sticks out there but perfect for a fit defender tracking back and inserting the occasional jab tackle.
Making solid tackles and cutting out the ball felt great, this is a sturdy piece of kit. Increased carbon content of 98% carbon fibre with just 2% fibre glass combined with the new 4 core internal structure ensures a rigid stiffness of the Kookaburra Team Midas.
It might be the CVT ‘Counter Vibration Technology’ in the handle of the stick but this new 2015 Team Midas still doesn’t seem to have lost the Kookaburra feel. Noticeable when cutting out well struck shots the stick controls the ball with little vibration and has quite a soft feel for such a stiff stick.
Making passes is where the power of the Team Midas is really noticeable. I won’t go over it again in detail, the combined carbon content, 4-Cores and the addition of PC2 channels in the head of the stick makes hits from the head of the stick amazingly firm.
What was exceptional was the power in slap passes. Kookaburra Team Midas has the Mbow 2 shape which is a big 24.5mm curve but high up the stick at 380mm from the heel makes the lower part of the stick really straight and it seriously improves accuracy of the slap.
Perhaps the only thing I can find to mark the Kookaburra Team midas review down is the shape. If you have learned to rely on a low position of the shaft curve to flick, dribble (especially 3D) and push you will have to re-adjust to the higher bow. For defenders I can’t see this being much of a problem.
Overall our review is that the Team Midas from Kookaburra has the perfect touch for defenders. As usual the price is very fair for the technology and you will love how this stick performs if you are a 1st team or competing player who takes their role very seriously.
Material Composition: 98% carbon / 2% fibreglass
Shaft bow: 24.5mm curve at 380mm up from shaft
Head shape: Kookaburra Maxi
Technology: 4-Core, EVA Reinforced Reverse Edge, KCF, CVT, SFR, Nano, PC2
Check our dedicated page on Kookaburra hockey stick technology for more information on what all these acronyms mean.
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