How Do You Know Which Hockey Stick Is The Right One?

A hockey stick, a stick is for us hockey players the holy weapon to show our passion. Your stick should give you the feeling that you are ready, that you can’t wait and that nothing can stop you. When we hockeyers see our stick a smile occurs in our face. We give the best passes, make the best shots, do the craziest tricks and make the best dribbles with our stick. The stick you play with can influence your game. There is not one best stick, the best stick is determined by your personal preferences and qualities and is different for each person. Sticks can differ in a lot of things and therefore we want to help you find the best fit for you.

  • What is the best length hockey stick for me?
  • What composition fits me?
  • What should my bow position be?
  • How much curve depth fits my preferences?
  • What weight should I pick?

We provide information about all these points, are you still not sure? Feel free to ask us and we will be happy to help you.

What is the best length hockey stick for me?

Fact: A stick can have a length of maximal 41″ or 105cm according to the rules of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

To use the right length of a stick is important for your posture during the game. This can influence your technique and is very important for your back. The length of a stick differs between 18″ and 41″ (the ” stands for inch, one inch is equal to 2,54cm). Where the 18″ a mini stick is that suits as a nice present or souvenir, and the 41″ an extraordinary long stick that is used by goalkeepers during shoot-outs. The sizes we offer are for Junior sticks are 24″-35″ and 36.5″, 37.5″ and 38.5″ for Senior sticks. We also offer an 18″ stick in the Accessories department and 41″ sticks in the Goalkeeper department.

How to determine the right length?

To determine the right length of the stick can be hard, especially for children. For children the Belly Button Method is a good way to measure the right length (you can find it below). When junior sticks are too short for you, it is time for a senior stick. The standard, most used and most popular size is 36.5″, if you are just starting this is a good choice. When you are very tall or have back problems a 37.5″/38.5″ can be a solution. The 37.5″ is becoming more and more popular in top hockey for more reach with tackles and tricks, but comes of course with a little more weight.

Belly button method

This method is a famous and good way to estimate the length of the stick you need. With this measurement you should wear your shoes.

  1. Stand up straight.
  2. Find your belly button.
  3. Measure the distance between the floor and your belly button.
  4. Find the right size in the table.
  5. Pick your favorite stick in our web shop.

 

Measurement (cm) Length Stick*
(Inch = Cm)
Sticks Collection
-61 24″ = 60,96 See Size Collection 24″
61-66 26″ = 66,04 See Size Collection 26″
66-71 28″ = 71,12 See Size Collection 28″
71-76 30″ = 76,2 See Size Collection 30″
76-81,5 32″ = 81,28 See Size Collection 32″
81,5-84 33″ = 83,82 See Size Collection 33″
84-86,5 34″ = 86,36 See Size Collection 34″
86,5-89 35″ = 88,9 See Size Collection 35″
89+ 36,5″ = 92,71 See Size Collection 36,5″
*The stick can never be higher than your belly button. A bit lower is generally not a problem.

What Composition Fits Me?

The composition of the stick is important for the stiffness, flexibility, weight, power and feeling of the stick. Back in the days the hockey sticks were all made out of Wood. Nowadays, we still have wooden sticks but most sticks are made of Carbon or Composite. With Composite we mean fiber glass combined with a little amount of Aramid and/or Kevlar. Carbon sticks are very popular but a lot more expensive than Composite or Wooden sticks and what does the composition actually mean? Let´s zoom in the different type of compositions.

Carbon:

Carbon in a stick stands for stiffnesspowerdurability and strength. The more carbon in a stick, the stiffer the stick. A stiff stick means less flexibility and less feeling. Less flexibility means that there is not a lot of bending in the stick when you hit the ball. This gives more velocity to the ball when you play. The power of the play is therefore higher with more carbon. This is one of the reasons nearly all top players choose for sticks with 90-100% carbon. Less feeling makes it a bit harder to stop and move with the ball. For experiences, good players this is not a problem. Carbon is a very strong but light fiber. That is why the strength and durability of carbon sticks are very high, but the sticks are still light. A high % carbon sticks are the perfect choice for advanced players.

Composite:

Composite sticks are flexibleaffordable and light. The flexibility of the stick gives more feeling and therefore it is easier to control the ball and to learn new techniques. The feeling of composite sticks is higher than with carbon sticks. It has not as much power as carbon stick, but this is not needed in every situation. Composite is also very light material that is more affordable. For young or beginning hockey players a stick with a lot of composite suits well.

Wood:

Wooden sticks are the old fashioned sticks. The feeling you have with wooden sticks is even more than with composite sticks. This is why there are still Junior sticks that are made of wood. Also in Indoor Wooden sticks are preferred by a lot of players. In indoor we only push the ball and we keep the ball on the ground. The advantages of a wooden stick fit this kind of hockey perfectly. To learn hockey a wooden stick is a good idea. When you are more experienced you can change to a carbon or composite stick. Besides that, a wooden stick is also a more affordable choice.

Most sticks are a combination of the compositions that we described. The percentage Carbon, Composite or Wood in your stick define the characteristics of the stick in stiffness, flexibility, weight, power and feeling.

What Should My Bow Position Be?

Fact: The bow position should be minimal 200mm according to the rules of the International Hockey Federation (FIH)

The bow position says something about the place where the bow is optimal. This is given in mm. These millimeters are the height of the bow when you put your stick straight from the ground. The closer the bow to the ground, the lower the bow. We divide the sticks in three types of bow positions: Mid Bow, Low Bow and Super Low Bow. Like with every aspect, also the bow position depends on your preferences.

The Mid Bow is a standard bow and most suitable for beginning players.  When you are more experienced and/or technically skilled you can choose a lower bow. A lower bow gives more power to pushes and makes it easier to scoop the ball. In dribbling actions a lower bow can make it easy to move the ball. But the (Ultra) Low Bow can make it harder to keep the ball on the ground or in control, for technically skilled or experienced players this is not a problem. The dragflick specialist will choose for the Super Low Bow for the best dragflicks.

But the (Ultra) Low Bow can make it harder to keep the ball on the ground or in control, for technically skilled or experienced players this is not a problem. The dragflick specialist will choose for the Super Low Bow for the best dragflicks.

For every brand the height of the bow can differ in the name they give to the bow. That is why we divide the stick in the following bows:

How Much Curve Depth Fits My Preferences?

Fact: The Curve Depth can maximal be 25mm according to the rules of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Curve depth stands for the intensity of the bow. If you lay the stick on the ground, with the flat side down, the distance between the stick and the ground represent the Curve Depth. Every hockey stick has a curve. The bigger the curve the easier it is to give speed to a push. But with a deeper curve it is also harder to keep the ball low. The preferable Curve Depth depends on the person. We divide the Curve Depth in three groups, see the table.

What Weight Should I Pick?

Fact: The weight of the stick must not exceed 737gr according to the rules of the International Hockey Federation (FIH)

The weight of the stick is given in grams. With an Ultra Light stick you can move quickly and play easy, but you lose some power in shooting. With the good technique in shooting this is not a problem. With a heavier stick you can shoot harder but moving quickly can be harder. Depending on your style of play and preferences, the choice of weight can differ.
We divide Weight in three categories, see the table.

Are You Not 100% Sure?

Do not hesitate to ask us anything and we will be happy to help you, you can ask us everything about our products.

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