Choosing a Field Hockey Stick

How To Select the Correct Stick Length

Hold your stick upside down, with the head in the air. Insert the head in your arm pit, as if the stick was a crutch. A real crutch would reach the floor, while your stick ends somewhere near your knee.

Where the end of the handle is in relation to your knee is the key to proper fit. The end of the handle should fall between the middle of your knee cap to no more than one inch below the knee cap.

Select a stick of that length, from your arm pit to middle of the knee cap, and you may be amazed at how much your ball control will improve. Below is a size chart for referencing:

Stick Length             Player's Height

         32"                          4' 3" - 4' 6"

         34"                          4' 6" - 4' 9"

         35"                          4' 9" - 5' 0"

         36"                          5' 0" - 5' 2"

         36.5"                      5' 2" - 5' 10"     (most common length)

         37"                          5' 10" - 6' 2"

         37.5"                       6' 2" and up                   

 How To Choose the Correct Weight

Generally speaking, the weight of the stick you use is related to the position you play. It is best to try several different weights to see which fits your role on the field most effectively. Bear in mind that one ounce is approximately the weight of two, unsharpened pencils.

DEFENDERS:   (Medium)

They tend to use a heavier stick.The added weight helps give distance to free hits and keeps attackers from "brushing" your stick aside.

MIDFIELDERS:   (Medium/Light)

A medium or light weight stick is correct for the alternating defensive/offensive role of this job. For younger players, a light weight stick is preferred.

FORWARDS:  (Light)

A light weight stick is preferred in this position to allow for rapid stick work inside the "D".

What about Composite Weights?

Composite sticks are marked L (Light, about 18 -19 ounces), M (Medium, about 19 - 20 ounces), or H (Heavy, over 20 ounces). Composite sticks tend to be much more efficient at converting the power of your swing/hit into the ball. That means that a player with a composite stick requires less mass/weight than a wood stick for the same position. For example, a back can actually play with a light weight composite and have the same powerful hit as when he or she hit with a 22 ounce stick!


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