The CCM Superfast hockey stick is the third generation of the wildly popular series of RBZ sticks powered by TaylorMade—a brand most notable associated with golf equipment design and creation.
At Hockey World Blog, we’ve had the pleasure of testing and reviewing each generation of the RBZ sticks. Check out our thoughts on the Superfast below!
Design and Construction
As the premier model of the RBZ line, the CCM Superfast features a true one-piece stick design with strategically lowered stick weight. The shaft utilizes CCM’s premier carbon fiber that has excellent responsiveness and flex consistency, and the stick has strategically fine tuned weight distribution to provide the fastest and quickest swing at the puck while maintaining an excellent balanced feel in the hands.
Unique to CCM RBZ Sticks is the constant flex profile that provides players with a custom and changing kick point. Depending on where the lower hand is located during the shooting process, the RBZ Superfast flexes near that lower hand. Therefore, on big slap shots and one-timers, it flexes low towards the blade for maximum shot velocity. On quick wrist and snap shots, it flexes higher for a lightning quick shot release.
The stick also features TaylorMade SpeedPocket Blade Technology that generates more Coefficient of Restitution (COR) than any other stick on the market—and offers 50 percent more COR than the second generation RBZ Stage 2 model, resulting in the fastest shot from a CCM stick to date.
Shooting and Accuracy
Similar to previous generations of the RBZ hockey stick line, this is exactly where the RBZ Superfast hockey stick excels. Hands down, this stick is the king of ‘pop.’ Not only was I amazed at the power and velocity generated by this stick, but my teammates constantly remarked at my improved shooting abilities with this stick. I even got to witness this first-hand when I lent it out to my teammates to try, and every one of them instantly improved in terms of speed and power.
This isn’t limited to slapshots and one-timers, either. There is a noticeable improvement on wristshot power—and it comes with such ease. Even off balance shots where I can’t get my full weight into it come off quicker and smoother.
Accuracy with the RBZ Superfast is pretty good. Even with a 100 flex shaft, I never had issues with the stick buckling or twisting in my hands. I was able to generate smooth shots and put them where I wanted them for the most part. This was true more so on slapshots than wrist shots, where I think a bigger curve than I’m used to resulting in some difficulty hitting my targets consistently as I tended to usually go a little left of where I was aiming.
I felt like the feel of the RBZ Stage 2 hockey stick was much better than the original RBZ hockey stick. With the Superfast, however, I didn’t notice as much of an upgrade in this category.
Feel for the puck is good—not great. I never really had any issues handling the puck, and I think most players of any caliber will be satisfied with how the Superfast performs in this area. Having had the opportunity to use many other high-end sticks, there are others in this price range that will excel better at puck feel, but they aren’t nearly as good when it comes to improved shot power and velocity. In terms of the total package, most players will be happy with how the Superfast performs when they are carrying the puck, passing and shooting.
For most players buying a new stick, they want to know it will last. I’ve had incredible success with the RBZ line of sticks, and the Superfast is no different. Between general game usage and some physicality in terms of hacks and slashes to the slash zone, the Superfast has held up incredibly well.
The slash zone presents minimal signs of wear and tear, despite plenty of game usage, and the blade is in near perfect condition. Where many of the modern one-piece sticks tend to crack and chip on the bottom near the heel, I haven’t noticed any chipping or cracking anywhere on the Superfast blade.
The CCM RBZ Superfast is designed to increase shot power and velocity—and this is definitely where it excels. Regardless of your playing level, this stick will help you improve in these key areas. It won’t do much to enhance your stick handling, but players can be sure that they will get plenty of use out of the stick thanks to its workhorse durability.