Whether you are new to the game of hockey or someone who has been playing for a while, there will come a time when you will need to choose a new hockey stick. Would you know what to look for? Here we guide you through the process of choosing a new hockey stick.
According to England Hockey, there are now more people in the UK playing hockey than before the 2012 Olympic Games in London, particularly in the 14-25 age group. This means more people will be buying hockey kit and need to be equipped with sufficient information to ensure they are purchasing the right items, whether clothing, boots or sticks.
The design of the stick
All hockey sticks have a bow or curve. Different curves suit different players; for example, a medium curve is better for a good all-round performance, while a pronounced curve is better for the player who tends to favour aerial passing. A curve at the shallower end can give better control.
The length and weight
The length and weight of the hockey stick are also important. The weight of sticks varies between heavy, medium and light, with the weight you choose determined by the position you play and your size and build. Heavy sticks are best for defending, while light ones will help a striker. Medium sticks are aimed at helping you to give a good all-round performance.
The length of stick is probably the most important consideration. It should ideally measure from your hip bone down to the floor; however, in reality, it is mainly down to how you feel about your stick and you may need to try a few before you find the one you feel most comfortable with. Before buying a new hockey stick, especially if you are relatively new to the game, it can be a good idea to use other people’s sticks while trying out the moves in a hockey drill video from a resource such as https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey/index.jsp. In this way, you can test out different moves with different sticks to see which feel most comfortable.
When you are choosing a new hockey stick, there are many things to consider; however, the most important thing is to make sure the stick you choose feels right for you.