Choosing a Field Hockey Stick
Finding the perfect field
hockey stick ultimately depends on preference. Try out a friend’s stick or get
a feel for the ones in a sporting goods store. If you’re still unsure which
stick is right for you, follow these guidelines to find one that suits your
size, position, and experience.
bottom of the stick, called the toe, has a rounded edge facing the right and a
flat surface facing the left. The flat surface is used to hit the ball. The
stick is controlled by the right hand, which should be placed at the base of
the grip. The left hand is positioned at the top of the stick and is used to
turn the stick.
lefties — there is no such thing as a left-handed field hockey stick.)
Stick Weight & Positioning
Most players prefer to use the medium-weight sticks. Forwards,
however, generally use the lighter sticks for increased manoeuvrability and
control. Defenders often favour heavier sticks that produce harder hits.
Midfielders prefer the medium-weight sticks so they have both manoeuvrability
and hard hits.
Beginners who haven’t decided on a position will be best served
by choosing a medium-weight stick. This weight
works well for any position. Here is the weight breakdown for sticks (in
|| Weight (grams)
||< 18 oz
||< 500 grams
||18 oz to 19 oz
||19 oz to 22 oz
||22 oz to 25.9 oz
Materials & Stiffness
field hockey sticks are made primarily of mulberry or hickory. Composite and
Fiberglas sticks are also legal and are predominantly used at the high school,
collegiate, and Olympic and World Championship levels. The materials used in
composite sticks help generate more power for hits and are used to increase
durability and enhance flexibility.
Beginners tend to go for more flexible sticks (wood sticks) to help absorb
shock. Advanced players usually prefer stiffer sticks (composite sticks) for
increased power. Those who plan on continuing with the sport should buy
composites; they are lighter, produce more power on every hit, and last longer.
The development and cost of composite sticks has come a long way and
advice would be to head to a composite stick as soon as possible.
A players height dictates
the length of the player’s stick.
Players look for the longest stick that they can comfortable handle; the
longer the stick, the longer the reach and the greater the advantage. Stick sizes
range from 26-inch junior sticks and go up to 38-inch sticks for tall,
experienced (generally youth and adult) players.