I normally use a crappy Hespeller two piece thats rougly an 85 flex. I played hockey today and decided to use my friends easton cyclone wtih a tapered blade. The cyclone was about 2 inches shorter and a 95 flex. I couldn't believe how much harder my shot was, and I could actually raise the puck when I took a slap shot, not to mention I was better at recieving and passing the puck. Is this normal? i'm only 5'8 and 150 pounds and pretty new to ice hockey still, and not overly strong. I really thought I would need a less stiff stick, like 75 or so to improve my shot because I can hardly flex my hespeller stick. What do you think is going on here? I'm puzzled. Anyways, I bought the cyclone stick off my friend for 40 bucks I liked it so much. He said it was his backup stick and he bought it years ago so he gave it to me cheap. I was happy, ive been looking for a better stick on ebay for awhile now.