After years of playoff championships won with my Maltese graphite stick, I have finally retired it. I took the tape off of it to give it some fresh tape. When I did, I was greeted by a crack in the blade itself. I just can’t trust this stick to win me anymore games. It has run its course. This is the 3rd ever stick I have retired. I had two other sticks just out and out break on me and I trashed them. Its just sad that as I look through countless playoff photos, here is this stick. It felt really good in my hands and now, I will be looking at it down the road as a memento of championships won.
The toe of the blade was shot as well.
Another closeup of the bottom of the blade where a nice chunk is missing. The crack goes up the middle of the paddle.
Another shot of how bad the toe looks.
I am going to miss this stick. Lasted for many years.