Choosing a hockey stick can be difficult, whatever your experience. If you are a relative novice, knowing what to look for from a hockey stick might not be very obvious. Here we look at the key things you need to be mindful of when purchasing a hockey stick.
According to the BBC, Alex Danson, the captain of the Great Britain ladies’ hockey team, recently scored her 50th goal. Unfortunately, the British team still lost their second test match against Argentina out of a five-match series. However, nobody scores 50 goals for their country without using the correct equipment, including the right stick.
The Right Stick for Your Build
Your size and build are determining factors when it comes to choosing a hockey stick. The length and weight of the stick vary depending on your size and strength as well as height. The ideal length of a stick is from your hip to the floor, but the weight and feel of the stick are also important considerations.
The position you play can help determine the weight of stick that you need. As a striker or attacking player, a lightweight stick will be the best thing, while defenders will generally require something heavier. If you are a beginner looking for a good overall performance, then a medium stick would be best. A good way to test out a new stick would be to use it while watching Hockey Drill Videos such as those from https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey/.
Making Sure the Design Is Right
As well as the length and weight of a hockey stick, the final consideration is the curve or bow of the stick. This is something that all sticks have, and they can affect the style and quality of your performance. More pronounced curves are best for those who prefer aerial passing shots, while having the curve at the shallower end should provide better control. If you are looking for a good all-round performance, then a medium curve on a medium weight stick should help with this.
There is no substitute for trying sticks out, so when you are looking to buy one, make sure you go to the shops and try before you buy, or borrow one from a friend to give yourself a better idea of which is likely to be the right one for you.