Below is an older Flash piece that gives some background on changes to goaltending and how the need for Overdrive came about.
To whom it may
concern: I, Kenji Yoneda, support the use of the Overdrive Blade from a medical
point of view. As a goalie myself and a resident doctor of Orthopaedic Surgery,
I believe the Overdrive Blade can reduce the risk of groin injuries such as
Adductor muscle strain. An adductor muscle strain refers to a tear in one of
the muscles that run down the inside of the thigh. An adductor muscle strain
typically occurs when the muscle is either over stretched or forcibly contracted,
or a combination of both. This commonly occurs during rapid changes in direction
when running or through an uncontrolled lateral movement. This can happens a
lot when a goalie slips on the inside of the skate boot while trying to move
laterally. A goalie is pushing his/her body explosively with the skate edge
to transfer his/her weight in lateral movements. When he/she slips on inside
of the skate boots and loses the edge from the ice, the power suppose to put
into the ice is directly flowing into the groin area. This can cause serious
groin injuries. With the Overdrive Blade, a goalie can grip the ice longer and
tighter when moving laterally and controlling his/her movement easily and safely.
For further questions, contact me at;
resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Osaka Prefectural Hospital, Japan
know my son has had a groin injury and we have been trying to deal with this
for the past three seasons. The problem with the reoccurring injury seemed to
be due to his skate slipping while skating hard in practice and also when recovering
from a save or a stretch while he is playing in goal. He has been using the
Overdrive Blade for almost four months now. He is on the ice 5 or 6 times a
week and he has not had one reoccurrence of this chronic groin problem. He can
now skate full out at practice and not have to worry about a skate slipping
out and re-injuring his groin. His recovery in the crease is much easier and
he is now able to play with full confidence without having the groin problem
to worry about. The Overdrive Blade has been a major help in overcoming this
groin injury." Bill McPherson
I no longer
have to play with stinging, aching pain in my knees! I can walk normally the
next morning after a game! I feel much more stable as I come up from the butterfly--I
have confidence that I won't suffer from the dreaded 'slipping skate blowout'...they
have helped my game but also they have improved the quality of my life (no pain!
no pain! no pain!). Thank you soooo much! " :email@example.com
got a chance to try the Overdrive Blades after recovering from a back injury.
They were awesome! I could keep my stance lower without having my skates slip
on me. My back didn't hurt and I could hold my stance longer. My groin and knees
were not under the strain they had been in the past. After a 2 hours long practice,
facing nearly constant shots, my legs were not nearly as fatigued as usual.
Also, when I woke up the next morning, my knees were not the first things I
felt (they didn't hurt at all). Actually I'll have to use less power when pushing
across because I found that I was slamming the blade of my skate into the opposite
post! Thanks for making such a great product!"
Karen Powell (PuckRacer20@aol.com)
noticed one for me very significant benefit (and this is actually what I was
hoping for when I purchased the blades): I feel a LOT LESS STRAIN and PAIN in
my groin since I started to use the blades - and I can tell you that the groin
is something that has really bothered me since I started playing again."
Toni Fernstrom, HV71(ret.)Sweden
This past summer I was introduced to the Overdrive Blades by John Stevenson
of the Goalie Center in Edmonton, Alberta. He recommended that I give them a
try after I had mentioned my previous knee injuries. As a goaltender at the
professional level for the past three years my knees have really taken abuse.
The Overdrive Blades have truly made a difference in my performance. They have
taken a significant amount of pressure off of my knees, which has in turn increased
my endurance. The Overdrive Blades have reduced the amount of stress my knees
have endured by tenfold. I couldn't be happier with the Overdrive Blades and
the results I have received by using them.
Sincerely, Blaine Russell Columbus Cottonmouths Goaltender Cdmm1515@aol.com
excellent product. I had been dreaming of a solution to the problems you've
addressed with the Overdrive and I salute you for bringing it to market. I've
had your blades on my Bauer 3000 goal skates for about a month now and could
not be happier with the results. All of the benefits described on your testimonials
page (transparent adaptability, increased mobility, etc.) are 100% true. More
importantly, I can attest to the fact that their greatest quality is in the
PREVENTION OF INJURIES. As a goalie who's been hobbled by a chronic hip flexor
injury for the past seven years, I can honestly say that your product will add
years to my playing days. I no longer have to worry about aggravating my injury
due to skate slippage and as a result, have been able to go back to the lower,
wider stance I used when I was in my "prime". Not only am I playing
better, I am also playing with much less pain.
Thank you once again for developing this amazing product, one that stands out
as an important innovation in a sea of gimmicks. Best Regards,
Ron Fine firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing this letter to advise you about the results my students, staff
and myself have experienced using the Overdrive blade. First and foremost, the
Overdrive blade reduces injuries. Quick transitions (e.g., up and downs, lateral
thrusts, pivots, etc.) are paramount to a goaltender's success. These moves
are also the ones that typically lead to groin pulls, ligament damage, or muscle
pulls. My own experience and that of my students has shown that the Overdrive
blade plays a significant role in eliminating these injuries. The Overdrive
blade provides the grip and the stability so that the goaltender can execute
these moves without the fear of their feet slipping out from underneath them.
This in turn, allows the goaltender to perform these fundamental moves rapidly
and with great body control.
(On a personal note)
I have been using the Overdrive blade for approximately two years. I am no longer
experiencing any of the groin or knee pains that were plaguing me for the longest
time. I am 34 years old and without a doubt the Overdrive blade has allowed
me to play and teach at a much more efficient level. I am very grateful for
your invention and I know it will be tremendously beneficial for those up and
coming students who in particular like to play the butterfly style of goaltending.
Lateral thrusts and quick up and downs will be done without the fear of injury.
John Stevenson Scout and Goaltender Consultant Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club
Head Instructor at The GoalieCentre (Edmonton, Ab) Jaci Stevenson email@example.com
I have a problem
with my kneecaps, they easily dislocate and they have done this since I was
12 years old, (I'm 20 now) I have missed up to 8 weeks every season due to this,
but this season when I got the overdrive, I haven't missed one practice... I
would say that this is partly due to the overdrive, I love them and wouldn't
step on the ice without them!!! The injury often occurs when I try to push myself
up from a butterfly move or if the shot gets deflected while I'm going down
in butterfly and I need to reposition myself "on the fly", I sometimes
slips and bang! there goes my kneecap...I don't slip anymore using the overdrive...I
feel much more safe out there!!
Lars-Olof Moberg Brunflo IK (Sweden, Division1) Lars-Olov.Moberg@arrowhead.se
I have been using the Overdrive Blade for a little less than one year. Prior
to using the Overdrive Blades I had minor knee surgery. (I had some cartilage
damage and calcifying of some cartilage. Needless to say I had to have it removed.)
Once I came back to playing after my knee was scoped, I noticed after games
my knee would ache for days afterwards. (most times causing me to limp due to
the ache) This went on for about 6 months or so. I was introduced to the Overdrive
blades by a goaltending bulletin board I belong to. Once I received the Overdrive
Blades and started to use them I noticed a tremendous difference in my play
and how my knees wouldn't ache after play (even during fast paced/high shot
on goal games). With this device I have yet to have any groin or knee injuries.
John Sark SyxxGunnar@aol.com SyxxGunnar@aol.com
"I have tried out the blades for about a month and a half now, and really
can see the improvements in my performance. Helps me to get up and move faster
side to side, and allows a wider stance with no loss in mobility. Plus it got
rid of the knee pain I suffered from after tearing my MCL. That alone was reason
enough for the blade, but I love playing better too. Also the legs are not as
tired after a session. Excellent product for a butterfly goalie. I was a little
skeptical at first, but after using it I LOVE IT! Great product, worth the small
cost for the performance improvement."
Jim Kracker (Jk159@aol.com)
I just wanted to let you know that I've finished my first season with the Overdrive
blades and I'm very impressed with how they've performed. I had a mild MCL sprain
prior to the start of the season, just before I installed the blades, but worked
hard to overcome the injury. The added stability the ODs gave me really gave
me extra confidence in the ice, despite the knee still being 'tender'. Even
being bumped or run by the opposing team, it's much easier to quickly regain
balance and avoid awkward spills or slips. After my knee healed up, I still
noticed much less fatigue in my knees and lower back, even after tournament
weekends with 3 or 4 games. My moves are more explosive in the crease and I
can stop on a dime with a lot less risk of a slip that can cause a groin pull
or twisted knee. I can only compare it to trying to play basketball with your
sneakers on, or just your socks. Obviously, you could do either, but the grip
and support from good athletic shoes definitely enhances the basketball players
game, and with out that grip... a lot of slips and spills. I think you've got
a great, no, outstanding and innovative product and I wish you every success
in the future. Sincerely,
Stephanie Spunt firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to add my name to your list of satisfied customers. I play primarily
a stand-up style, so I was a bit skeptical. However, the low price justified
a little experimentation. The benefits were not apparent until after I played
the first couple of times. I have been playing net for almost 30 years and now,
being older (and heavier) has taken its toll on my knees. I have had some MCL
trouble the last couple of years and I think the joints have become weaker.
I consistently had pain in those areas after playing. It was normal for me to
take ibuprophen before and after playing to alleviate the discomfort. Since
I started using the overdrives, I've experienced much less pain. It must be
due to the blades taking some of the side loading off my knees when playing
in a wide stance or recovering from lateral movement. Anyway, thanks again.
And keep up the good work!--
Jay Molloy, Engineering Manager A & F F i x t u r e P r o d u c ts JMolloy@affp.com
(603) 893-5666 x305
When I first
started to play goal, I would get a sharp pain in the left knee that I never
had before. It got to the point that I thought I'd have to quit. I was able
to find a brace that helped alleviate the discomfort somewhat, but not totally.
I purchased the Overdrives after reading about the benefits on a goalie BBS.
I was interested in the aid in recovery from a butterfly that the Overdrives
provided, since I tired quickly in up/down type drills (I'm over 40, so I can
always use that as an excuse). Ever since using the Overdrives, I have not had
ANY knee pain and that is even without my brace (which I forgot one day). I
also can get through the drills without feeling like I'm about to die. So while
I'll never have a career as a goalie the Overdrives have helped make playing
the position a lot more enjoyable. Thanks for a great product, Meg Ewen email@example.com
My son uses the overdrive. It has helped to relieve a knee problem that he has
had for over 5 years. It allows him to get out of the way in incoming players
and helps to push back up from the ice. This is a great product. Bonnie Busch,
Parent of a youth player. firstname.lastname@example.org
I wanted to thank you for your invention of the Overdrive blades. After having
my knee rebuilt after a serious car accident when I was 18, I wasn't sure if
I could ever play in goal again. After three years rehabilitating I finally
got back into the game and things went fairly well for me for the next two seasons
except that I was only able to play about 60% of the games. The other 40% I
missed because my knee was too sore to play. Well since installing the overdrive
blades onto my skates last year I have managed to play almost the entire 80
game season without needing to sit out games because of my knee. The overdrive
blades have reduced the amount of strain my knees suffer while executing my
saves and recoveries. Thanks once again and good luck in the future.
Keith Regan email@example.com
I've used the blade since early in last season and have found them to help a
great deal in preventing the kind of slip that got me a painful groin injury.
I also have surgically repaired knees and found them to be a boon in getting
up without stressing them as badly as I once did. Thanks for an innovative product.
Jeff Dworkin JPDworkin1@aol.com
The Overdrive blade that you have created has helped my game greatly. Most importantly,
the Overdrive blade has helped my game because I know can rely on the blade
to take the pressure away from my knees and lower back when in my stance. Before
I used the product, my knees and lower back would ache endlessly when I was
not on the ice due to the pressure they would be forced to hold when playing.
Now that I have the Overdrive blade, my lower back and knees can withstand the
weight of my body and I have no more aches and pains. Thanks for making a product
for us goalie that helps to reduce injuries. Sincerely, Thomas George (301)-865-5988
Having played collegially at a perennial D3 powerhouse school, I can say for
fact that the Overdrive Blade has helped ease the pain in my left knee. This
knee was scoped and worked on during my junior year and again a year after I
graduated. I installed the Overdrive several months after my second operation
and could immediately tell the difference. My stance is quite wide and thus
I have always had stress on both my knees and groin, but the Overdrive has helped
in both of those areas. Although I feel I am still young at 27 and in very good
shape, the Overdrive does work to relieve these stressors. I have also noticed
less pain and discomfort both during and after my games. I know that I could
continue to play without the Overdrive and still perform at the top of my game,
but I also know that with the help of the Overdrive I can extend my own playing
career and the well being of both my knees and groin. Thank you. Peter Gollan
What I have noticed is the reduced slippage that can cause injury. I had a very
serious injury just prior to ordering the ODB's (dislocated hip, torn hamstring)
caused by a slip during a split save on a breakaway. I still made the save,
but I was out of action for several months. The ODB's allow me to bear down
and actually be able to play the way I want to, despite the fact that my hamstring
is still not fully healed. Even little slips hurt a lot now. Since I have the
ODB's I slip less, so I get hurt less, so I am actually able to play. It has
been a year since the injury and I believe I still would not be able to play
without the ODB's, there's just too much stress on the hamstring otherwise.
To me, banning the ODB's would be like banning compression shorts, tensor bandages,
or ice packs!
Bryan Senka firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm very happy
with the product. After being out of hockey for about 15 years I started playing
again 4 years ago at 41. After playing my knees would be sore and stiff for
a few days. I play 2 times a week which means about the time my knees felt better
I would have another game. On reading comments on your product in a few Hockey
chat rooms I decided to try the Overdrive blades. After installing and using
the Overdrive blades the first time I was surprised I had little or no pain
and stiffness in the knees. The longer I have used them the better my knees
have been. Now there has been no pain after games and now I am thinking about
playing more often, where before it was thinking less. Thanks John for helping
prolong my playing days.
John Buck email@example.com
At this point of my hockey career, I was playing on a bum knee (torn meniscus
in my left knee). The problems in my knee were further escalated when my stance
was examined. Because of my tendency to butterfly, I would try to gain a wider
stance, putting my knees at a bad angle to work from. This would strain my knee
and the wide stance would be the reason for some slippage. This slippage would
result in a strained thigh muscle or groin strain. I found after I had installed
the OD's and had begun to use them (without even really noticing) that my little
aches and pains would go away from skate slippage. I would say the OD definitely
reduces the workload not just on the groin but also on the knee, enabling me,
for once, to have a painless season
Desi Segundo III President, University of Michigan - Flint Hitmen
I have been
using your overdrive blades for 3 years now. In the previous two years before
installing them I pulled my groin almost every other week because in haste I
would want to get from point A to point B in a hurry and would lose an edge
and end up in a semi-split or be in a Roy-like stance, legs wide apart, would
want to move and lose the edge. Since installation I have done the same moves
thousands of times and have yet to have much of a problem with groin pulls since,
not to mention a few more saves. If only you could come up with a gizmo to prevent
dislocated shoulders I would be at your
door in seconds. Thanks for everything... GO DEVILS!
Ryan J. Raya Wachusett Regional High School- Varsity Goalkeeper
of the other goalies I got the OD because after every game my right knee looked
like a pumpkin. Right now there is no swelling and it feels fine, THANK YOU.
Andrew Ochsner firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been using
the blades for about a month and a half. They are FANTASTIC!! I love the improvement
in my game because of them. Before I got these blades, I used to slip when I
wanted to get a wide stance and I sometimes would hurt my knee ligaments. Now,
I find myself with a much wider stance with no stress on my knee ligaments.
Also my recovery time from butterflies is much easier and quicker. A great product
for a goalie. Thanks for giving us goalies an edge on the shooter for once."
John Reich. email@example.com
I got the blades
on Tuesday and installed them right away. I played Wednesday night with them
and my knees feel great today. I am 40 years old playing in a men's 25 and over
league. I found that I could bounce up easier and quicker from the butterfly.
I also could push off side-to-side when out cutting down the angles, without
having any posts to push off from.
I have been
using the Overdrive blades for about three months now, while I am still getting
the feel for how to use them and what they can do for me I have found the most
significant change is the reduction of felt stress and discomfort in my knees.
Coming back from reconstructive knee surgery and a subsequent serious groin
muscle tear the ability to get low and still maneuver has been greatly enhanced,
I believe more due to the reduction in pain and increased confidence the Overdrive
blades have given me. Far and away the best money I have spent on equipment
enhancement. I do believe that the blades have given me a tremendous gain in
confidence and a definite reduction in pain. I don't go home looking for the
icepack after games, although a beer and a hot tub are still in order.
Robb Foster firstname.lastname@example.org www.exerserv.com (Rehab Equipment Specialists)
I just wanted to drop you a little line about how much I enjoy your product.
I have been using the Overdrive blade for almost a year now and it has enhanced
my game quite a bit. I find I am now able to widen my stance without fear of
slipping and injuring my knees or groin. It has given me an extra level of confidence
that I am safe on the ice using the style that is most comfortable to me. It
has also really improved my movement when I'm on the ice with my paddle down.
I can't say enough good things about your product. In my business it's really
hard to sell a product you don't believe in, so to be able to sell a product
like yours has been a great asset for me. At Just Hockey, we get customers from
beginners right up to pro players and the thing that brings them back is that
they trust our knowledge and service. I could never sell a product to my customers
that I didn't feel would enhance their performance and safety on the ice. I
can't tell you how many people I've passed on the word about the Overdrive Blades
to. And I've never had anything but a positive feedback about them. Thank you
on behalf of myself and my customers for creating such a great product for goalies.
Just Hockey - Source For Sports email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
I have used
the overdrive blade for a year now, and I can't believe how much pain it has
saved on my knees and back. I am an inverted v goalie who has the stance width
of a certain early 90s Belfour. Before the blade, I constantly slipped and stained
my knees. Now I can crouch in confidence now that I installed your product.Rick
I have recently returned to ice hockey goaltending after a fifteen-year absence.
During this absence I have noticed the style of goaltending has become a predominantly
butterfly style of goal. I decided to adopt this style and have been very successful
with it. Because this style of goal requires me to stand quite wide in my stance,
it would sometimes cause my knees to be stressed and sore during games. This
would be compounded in situations in which the stance was so wide in fact, when
shifting my weight laterally, my skates would sometimes slip out, causing quite
a significant inflammation to the inner knee ligament. This would result in
pain in my knees for days following a hockey session. Since I installed the
Overdrives, the pain in my knees during play was greatly reduced and eventually
became non-existent. This has allowed me to be able to play back-to-back games
without any noticeable pain and has greatly improved my recovery time. I would
like to thank you for the Overdrives and a pain and injury free goaltending
career. John Punt email@example.com
Hi, My name's Ryan Johnson and I'm a 16 year old goaltender from Canton, Michigan.
I have been using the overdrive blades for about 10 months now and I've noticed
an increase in my performance. For goalies with wide five holes like myself,
the blades help to achieve greater balance and enables for me to have better
lateral movement. I've also noticed that while using Overdrive blades, I've
been able to do
down-ups much quicker and more efficient. I no longer slip off from the sides
of my skates, which used to put tension on my groin and hamstring muscles. Now
with the Overdrive blades, I haven't slipped once and I'm still able to maintain
my wide stance. For me, Overdrive blades are the perfect way to maximize my
playing ability according to my unorthodox style.
Sincerely, Ryan Johnson. FelixPotvin51588@aol.com
I have been
using the blades now for a full season and am truly happy with them. It makes
a huge difference when having to recover and move laterally through the crease.
Also, before I put them on the skates during the previous summer season, during
a scramble in the front of the net, my leg that was planted on the ice actually
slipped when I was trying to recover from a save to move to the other side of
the net and thus I twisted my knee quite badly. The pain endured for about 2
weeks, I needed constant heat and ice to sooth the knee as well as some anti-inflammatory
medication. I was forced to have someone fill in for me at the time and missed
the remainder of the playoffs. Thus, our chances at winning went down the tubes.
During the season this past winter, the same situation occurred numerous times.
I have positively found that the overdrive blade will stop that same skate from
slipping out and give me a sure footing to recover and come across the crease
precisely where I want. Thx for designing and patenting a truly unique and great
product for the goaltender.
Paul Gastaldin firstname.lastname@example.org
I haven't noticed any negative affects in having them. I can definitely
hold a wider stance and I do get a much better initial push when I'm trying
to bolt to the bench on a delayed penalty, etc. My biggest boost isn't so much
just the physical boost in performance, but also the mental...the confidence
gained and having less fear of injury pulling something, like my back or groin
during an awkward slip. Kevin Oscroft. email@example.com
It has been almost six months since I first put the Overdrive blades on my skates
and I continue to be amazed with every game I play! My movements are significantly
more explosive in either direction and I am easily able to reverse my direction
when the situation warrants it. My butterfly recoveries are now very similar
to your video page (thanks for the ideas!) with a tight compact form which almost
always stays together. The wider stance has greatly reduced leg fatigue while
enabling better coverage of the corners, WITHOUT sacrificing mobility. I have
not had any problems with scraping or catching. My groin and back take much
less abuse and are no longer subject to the heavy loads put on them when playing
without the blades, due mostly to slipping. I do not feel as "spent"
after a game or practice! Robert Rosti firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a note to let you know how I feel after using your blades for a year. In
a word great! Being an older guy it helps with my peace of mind knowing that
the OD is there to keep me from feeling that terrible ripping that comes from
having a skate slip out from under you. Thanks again for a great product.
Darrell Swigert. email@example.com
I have been
using it for over a year now. I didn't know how much Overdrive helped in preventing
me from slipping when I drop into a butterfly until it was gone. Recently, the
Overdrive slipped in a little, and my right foot began slipping during a game.
I readjusted the blade, and the problem went away. Overdrive prevents a slip
and possible groin extension injury. I wouldn't play without it and recommend
it to other goalies. Thanks for a great product!
James Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to weigh in on the safety benefits of Overdrive blades. My son
is an 11 year old goaltender from Michigan and plays at the AAA level. He has
had Overdrive blades on his skates now for just over a year. As the father of
a young goaltender, It has become apparent to me, that the physical and athletic
demands of the position are becoming evermore demanding for young goaltenders.
In particular, the lateral and down game of today is placing tremendous stresses
on the knee joint and groin muscles. In my opinion, Overdrive blades significantly
reduce these stresses by reducing the angle of the skate to the ice necessary
for thrusting across the crease. Overdrive blades also serve to stabilize the
goaltenders skate positioning reducing the chance for injuries from skate slippage
and twisting. I think Overdrive blades offer significant safety enhancements
to goaltenders and can prevent series injuries in young goaltenders whose ligaments
and muscles are not yet fully developed.
James M. Hamby,
I can personally attest to easing of the stress on my knees. After every game
it was I&I (Ice and Ibuprofen), I feel much better after playing, and I
no longer need the drugs and Ice packs after a game. I truly believe that I
will be able to play years longer than I would have been able to without the
blade. Jim Abbs email@example.com
Before I used
your blades I constantly was straining and pulling muscles in my back due to
slipping of my legs as I made saves. Since using your blades Ii have had no
problems with my back and the blades give me the support Ii need when making
quick moves. Thanks,Ryan
Goaltender- Clarkston High School
John, I finally
got a chance to try out my OVERDRIVES and they definitely make a difference.
Sliding post to post is much easier, with less strain on the inside of my knees.
On breakaways I can use a wider stance, hence taking
away the lower corners. I'm 43 years old with past groin and knee problems.
Any product that can give me less pain in those areas is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for a great innovation for us GOALIES. Ed "GUMP" Ferington
That game was
my first time to skate in them and all I can
say is MY KNEES DON'T HURT! They didn't hurt at the end of the game, they
didn't hurt by the time I left the bar and went home, and they didn't hurt
when I got up this morning. I've been fighting a slight groin strain, and
most of the game required the butterfly. But my muscle doesn't hurt today
either. I'm so excited about this I can't stand it. I didn't expect to get
any results until I'd used them several times, but my knees always hurt when
I get out of goal, and now they don't. I can only think the Overdrives are
Wow - goaling without pain. I could get used to this! Kellene Stets <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just wanted to let you know that I have about 10 games under my belt with
the blades and they feel great. I've had no knee pain and have joined another
40 and over league. I am playing twice a week now and can't beleive how much
better my knees feel.My lateral movement from post to post is excellent now.
Thanks again and good luck with getting them in the NHL.
Bob Arpan Arpan <email@example.com>
I have had your overdrive blade for about half a year. Ever since then, I haven't
had one groin pull or anything. I think that it is unfair that they would rule
it as a performance enhancer because when you look at it, so are most new products.
When you make a new pad that is lighter, that is to enhance your quickness,
when you put a banana curve on your stick, that is a performance enhancer. Any
new product that comes out is more protective, but they also find ways to help
it improve your game, thus it would be a performance enhancer. Overdrive is
just that, it gives you protection by not letting you slip, but it also improves
your game. Besides that, if you are a bad goalie to start with, it won't make
you an all-star. You have to work hard and focus on your game still. Mike Prosser, UofMhockey31@aol.com <UofMhockey31@aol.com>