There are many types of hockey sticks to choose from. Although you might think that nothing could be simpler than buying a stick for batting a ball around; subtle differences in stick design and make up can make a difference to how you control the ball.
Composite sticks are made up of a mixture of materials. They blend together various percentages of carbon, fiberglass, Kevlar and aramid. A higher percentage of carbon will make the stick more rigid, whereas the more fiberglass in the stick’s makeup, the lighter it will be.
When choosing a new stick, pick one that matches your position, play style, and experience. It’s important for beginners to choose a stick that helps them to learn how to control, dribble, and balance the ball. On the other hand, if you are more experienced and want a stick that suits your style of play, consider what you will be using it for. Are you looking to use it for aerials? Then you might consider a stick specifically designed to give you some extra lift in your shot. Do you prefer to keep the ball exactly where you move your stick, or are you constantly juggling the ball, zig-zagging in and out, passing it over and above your opponent’s stick, keeping it constantly out of your reach? Are you a defender, needing to make long shots, or on the offense, preferring manoeuvrability? Are you a forward? Perhaps you should consider how you maximize your capacity to make precise and agile movements?
Check the dribbling and hitting of the ball to get a feel for the stick. Make sure it gives you the kind of control you prefer; definitely try before you buy!
Length of the stick is also important so here’s a rough guideline to the size stick you’ll need, based on your height:
Stick length Height
|28”||4’1” or below|
|30”||4’1” to 4’3”|
|32”||4’3” to 4’6”|
|33”||4’6” to 4’9”|
|34”||4’9″ to 5′0”|
|35” – 35.5”||5′0” to 5’3”|
|36” – 36.5”||5’3” to 5’7”|
|37” – 37.5”||5’7” to 5’10”|
|38”||5’10” and above|
We’re fortunate here at Wakefield Hockey Club to have a hockey shop on site that sells a good range of sticks and you can try it 1st and see how it feels! Why not pop in to see George or visit his website here full the full range.