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The How to Hockey Guide

Looking for the right gear has never been easier whether you're new to hockey or a seasoned player looking for the next game-changer. We cover all the basics in picking the right hockey stick for your game, as well as the right protective equipment to ensure you play it safe and make it to the next game.

Learn about which materials and weights to look for in a hockey stick so you can bring your A-game to the turf. We have everything you need for you to level up your training game. Shop our training accessories like cones, whistles, and balls for all ages and levels. Discover our range of bags to carry all your kit, from trusted brands that use durable, long-lasting materials.

 


Looking For The Right Stick

The importance of choosing the right hockey stick for your height will determine how comfortable you feel while playing and also can affect your playing style. Defensive players typically use longer sticks to reach and drive the ball further. Offensive players tend to use shorter sticks to improve their handling skills and ball control.

Junior hockey sticks are measured from 24-35 inches. The general rule of thumb for determining a comfortable hockey stick size is finding a hockey stick length that falls between the player's hip and belly button. This allows a range of a few inches for Junior players to find their comfort spot but also allows them to grow into their hockey stick. 


Senior hockey sticks are measured at 36 inches and above. The general rule of thumb for finding the right height is that the hockey stick should fall 1-2 inches below the hip when standing from the floor. There are general guidelines and you may find a size up and down is more comfortable for your height and playing style.

 

  PLAYER'S HEIGHT
STICK HEIGHT
STICK CATEGORY

66 - 99CM

24"

JUNIOR

100 - 104CM

26"

JUNIOR

105 - 116CM

28"

JUNIOR

117 - 128CM

30"

JUNIOR

129 - 134CM

32"

JUNIOR

135 - 138CM

33"

JUNIOR

139 - 147CM

34"

JUNIOR

148 - 159CM

35"

JNR & SNR

160 - 166CM

36.5"

SENIOR

167 - 176CM

    36.5" OR 37.5"

SENIOR

177cm and above

37.5"

SENIOR

 

If you are still unsure of the height there are a few other points to consider in finding the right stick. A simple test is to hold the hockey stick in a natural position in front of your body, does the stick press into your stomach or do you bend too low and hurt your back? Considering the weight and bow of the stick, what feels most comfortable? It is also important to find a comfortable grip and see if you can control the head of the stick without discomfort.

 

Types of Stick Materials

Wood

Offers the best flexibility and forgiveness but with the least amount of power compared to other materials. Wood allows for clean receptions which makes it great for beginners.  



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Aramid

Also known as Kevlar, improves a stick's shock-absorbing capacity which gives the player more feeling and control while adding durability. Usually added in composition with other materials.



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Fibreglass


Usually added as a reinforcing material in hockey sticks. It is often used to add strength, durability and feel to a stick. A more economical and less rigid option when compared to carbon.



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Carbon


Carbon is lightweight yet adds stiffness and power to a hockey stick. As the stiffness increases the power for striking is improved, however, this can make the ball harder to control for new players.

 


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Stick Composition

Many hockey sticks will be created with a hollow core and an outer composition of the above materials, all of which can achieve different balances between power, feel, strength and controllability.

Knowing the carbon content can help determine the best stick for your style of play. A higher level of carbon creates a stiffer stick with more strength and power but requires much more control as it deflects passes.

The composition also determines the price range of hockey sticks, higher carbon sticks are usually more expensive due to more of the material being used. Hockey sticks with less carbon are often more affordable for beginners and offer better control and ball feel.

 

 
Shop High Carbon Composite Sticks ❯

These sticks range between 40%-70% carbon along with other materials, offering the best in strength and power.

 

Shop Zero to Low Carbon Sticks ❯

This range features lower carbon compositions for more control and flexibility.

 

 

Weights & Bows

Hockey Sticks can range from 535g to about 680g in weight. Choosing a weight can be about personal preference and determined by the material composition.

Usually, lighter sticks are typically designed for offensive players that allow for quicker backswings and require quick stick movements. Heavier sticks are typically designed for defensive players in which the extra weight is ideal for added power and distance when clearing balls and passing.

 

 

The bow of the stick is the slight bend that can be seen from the handle to the toe. The bow can range from 20mm-25mm, and deciding the right bow shape will depend on personal preference and skill level.

   
Mid bow (22-24mm):  The highest point of the bow falls in the middle part of the stick, which is ideal for every aspect of the game from ball control to advanced maneuvers. A great all-rounder option for gameplay or a beginner.
Low bow (24-25mm):  This bend is closest to the head of the stick and helps with controlling and lifting the ball, aerials and drag flicking. Ideal for the more experienced or advanced skills players as the stick can be harder to control.



Protective Gear

It's important to consider the correct protective gear to keep you safe while you play that also doesn't impede your game. We have a range of shinguards and gloves to suit new players just starting out and for the more experienced players looking for the best protection on offer.

Shinguards 


Worn high below the knee and above the ankle for maximum protection without hindering movement. Designed with a hard outer shell with foam cushioning on the inside to protect against impact from sticks and balls. Some shin-guards have straps for staying in place. 

 


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Gloves


The most protective range offers a single glove for the left hand. It has hardshell pieces to protect the hand and knuckles from impact from sticks and balls as well as protect from turf burn. For casual players, a less protective option often comes in pairs that offer a textured grip for better grip in the rain and protect against turf burn.


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Our Top Picks You Won't Want to Miss

Now that you have explored the right hockey stick and protective gear for your game, there is so much more to remember when getting your kit together.

Whether you need training cones and hockey balls to practice your handling skills at home, or a bag to get you and your gear to the game we have something for everyone. Don't forget to add in an easy on the go drink bottle or a mouth guard to complete your training kit!

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