Especially if you’re just starting out with playing hockey, choosing a suitable stick can be quite a challenge. Attributes such as the material, the length and the shape of the hockey stick all ensure a different experience of the sport. We have listed the most important points for you down below.
The composition of hockey sticks
Very important is the composition of the material from which the hockey stick is made of. The traditional wooden sticks have been replaced in recent years by plastic sticks with a composition of fiberglass, carbon and aramid. Especially carbon in hockey sticks plays an important role. The more carbon is used, the stiffer the stick. A very stiff stick promotes the strength, while a more flexible stick gives more feeling whilst controlling the ball.
Hockey sticks and body lenth
Hockey sticks come in different lengths which are indicated in inches. To test if a stick is suitable for you, you can hold the end of the stick under your armpit. The hook of the stick should then reach to your knee. A stick that is too long makes it difficult to control the ball, while a stick that is too short will make you move with a wrong pose, resulting in injuries. You will also hit the ball with much less force if your stick is too short.
The curvature and the hook
Two other important hockey stick features are the curvature and the hook. The curvature of the stick is indicated in millimetres, with 16 to 25 millimetres being the usual values. The more curvature, the more you will be able to drag the ball with you. Please note that this technique is reserved for the more experienced hockey players. Finally, as far as the stick’s hook is concerned, the larger the hook, the easier it is to receive the ball. However, a larger hook makes it more difficult to handle quickly with your stick.
Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact us. If everything is clear, you can of course also take a look at our extensive range of hockey sticks.