2018 Salming Q3 Composite 29
Blade: Quest 3
Blade Hardness: Medium
*Recommended for technical player
Floorball Guru Rating: 3 out of 5
On the court this month we’re testing the Salming Q3 Composite stick. For those familiar with Hockey, the Salming Company is the product of Swedish NHL Hall of Famer Borje Salming. The Salming Q3 Composite 29 is an intermediate level stick retailing around $89.99 USD. The stick comes with a singular tactile grip; while the blade is pre-curved for left or right handed players. The color of the stick is a mixture of black, yellow, and white, with simple graphics that aren’t flashy.
My first impression of the Q3 Composite is positive. It’s lightweight but sturdy in my hands, and at the same time responsive. The stick has a flex rating of 29, which for me is my preferred flex. When shooting you want to let the stick do the work for you. I tend to flex the stick a lot while shooting and it noticeably retained power in my shots as opposed to sticks with a higher Flex. Right out of the packaging I was off and running. I tested a 96cm stick, which is boarder line small for me, but it’s more of a preference really.
While the shaft of the blade was lightweight and set at a 29 flex, my preferred flex, I found the shaft a bit lacking compared to other ones in the Salming line, and from other companies. It just didn’t feel right to me. It’s not a bad stick, but I just found I didn’t care for it. Frankly of this stick the key aspect was the blade. I really liked what Salming did with the Q3 blade. In action the blade is very responsive and fun to play with. I think the pairing of the shaft with this blade works, but I’d be interested to see how the blade works with a different shaft. This stiffness of the blade is a medium, but closer to hard versus soft. The stiffer blade helps hold the shape during flex and retain power when shooting. This Q3 blade features what Salming calls a “toe drag design” designed to make it easier to perform toe drags at speed. I really liked this performance and I could feel the control of the ball and felt it fit the bill.
I enjoyed using this stick. It was clear to me that it was designed to be an intermediate stick, and performed accordingly. It provides a number of performance features that will help newer to intermediate players advance their skills, while helping to improve a better feel for the ball. The only drawback I would mention is that it’s a hard (versus soft) stick and blade combination. A harder set up makes accepting passes and controlling the ball a bit more of a challenge, but gives you more power on your shots. If that’s more of your style this is a good stick to look at. If you’ve been playing with a 32 flex stick you’ll quickly notice the performance between the two. Overall this is a great stick for the price, performance and will help direct you on the features that will enhance your game as your progresses.