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Alexander Galante Carlström: “You’ve gotta believe in a blade and try it out for at least ….”

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Falun made a major change within the club recently when they changed sponsors from Exel to Unihoc towards the end of the season. They’ve played two games with the new material, first a loss against Växjö away and secondly a loss in overtime against Pixbo at home, Falun’s only loss at home in Jalas Arena this season. Alexander Galante Carlström has remained goalless two games in a row but is still happy about the change despite their first stumbling steps with Unihoc as he’s looking further than the end of his nose. 

FT – What are your initial thoughts about Unihoc’s material?

Galante – I’ve played two games with Unihoc now and I can definitely tell the difference. The material feels good though and Unihoc is a big, professional brand so it’s mostly just about finding the right shaft and blade in a short period of time so it’s a lot of intense swapping of blades and shafts at the moment to quickly find what’s right for me. 

FT – You’ve started off with the epic-blade, does it feel like a perfect match or is there any other blade you’ve considered?

Galante – Yes I’ve tried out the epic-blade now, it’s a little bit more concave than what I’m used to but it looks nice and feels like it’ll suit me as soon as I get used to it. I might try the sonic-blade too but you can’t just try a blade once and say that it doesn’t work. You’ve gotta believe in a blade and try it out for at least one to two weeks to see if it’s a blade for you.

We’re going to design new, smoking hot Galante-sticks, it’s just a matter of time for me to find the right material and then it’ll turn out top notch.

 

FT – Some major differences between Unihoc and Exel are the weight and balance of the shafts and Unihoc’s Top Light 2 weighs roughly 40 grams less than Exel’s GLNT Edt (Force shaft), how’s the Top Light 2 been working out for you this far?

Galante – That’s correct, Unihoc’s shafts are significantly lighter but it’s the same thing here, it might be a success with a lighter stick when I’m more used to it. It takes time to change from a brand you’ve played with for so long. But yeah I’m trying out the Top Light 2 at the moment and I’ll definitely try something else too, maybe the Unity-shaft.

FT – Do you think the game (Växjö 8 – 4 Falun) was affected by changing from one sponsor to another?

Galante – Not necessarily the game per se but I noticed some minor interruptions in our pace, receiving passes and partly shooting for me. But that’s only the beginning, as I’ve said it takes time and when you’ve finally found what you want and give that some time it’ll turn out brilliantly.

FT – Unihoc’s material aside, what do you think of Unihoc as a brand?

Galante – I think that Unihoc plays in a league of their own when it comes to how they operate and market their business. They’ve already shown off incredible professionalism and they’ve got all the answers to the questions we’ve had about the material etc. When it comes to social media you’ll see Unihoc almost everywhere, same with floorball events so I think we’ll be able to help each other out a lot here by getting even greater.

FT – How do you think Unihoc will help develop Galante as a brand?

Galante – I think we’ll find the perfect collaboration. We’re going to design new, smoking hot Galante-sticks, it’s just a matter of time for me to find the right material and then it’ll turn out top notch.

FT – What’s the ultimate Unihoc MyMove Galante Edt according to you? When will we get to see it?

Galante – Haha definitely won’t be a video with a lot of passes, that’s for sure. I’ll just chuck a few balls towards the top corners and hope for the best! 

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