Re: Do maple sticks reduce shock?
It'd be interesting to see any science behind this. Personally I've always thought that a hickory stick offers the best "feel" with respect to the transfer of vibrations or jarring effect on the hands et al.
Maple is certainly lighter, but I can't say I've found it to feel superior with respect to shock transferred into the hands. However, I stopped using oak sticks many years ago because I just couldn't cop the horrible jarring feeling I got from them, so I have no doubt some woods respond better than others. Seeing where they rank scientifically on a "shock scale" would certainly be of passing interest to me.