Finding the perfect sport hockey sticks for the beginner is not always a straightforward task. However, this article aims to provide prospective buyers with tips and guidelines that help you to decide what your ideal hockey stick is. For any budding field hockey player, buying your first hockey stick is something they will never forget. Besides the excitement of getting this prized possession in your hands, you need to be extremely careful that you don’t end up buying a field hockey stick that will make you regret your purchase. So, just to be on the safe side, here is a list of things that you need to bear in mind when you choose your first field hockey stick.
– Basic factors that play an important role in your sports hockey stick selection include: your style of play, pitch position, and your build. The third factor is probably the most important one, as you won’t be able to play well if the hockey stick is too heavy or too long for you. Moreover, if you are buying your first hockey stick, your decision is likely to be clouded by the opinions of various people. So when you visit a sports store, it is best to check beforehand all recommended requirements and guidelines before settling on a specific hockey stick.
Measuring the Length of the Hockey Stick – You have to check the length of the field hockey stick by keeping it on the ground next to you in the standing position. Ideally, your field hockey stick should finish one or two inches below your waist. However, if you are playing in defense then a longer hockey stick is the norm. If you are playing in attack, then a shorter stick is customary.
Measuring the Weight of the Hockey Stick – Even weight distribution is extremely important for selecting the field hockey stick. Generally, the weight of hockey sticks ranges from 18 to 25 ounces (oz). So for defenders, the stick should be on the heavier side (22-24 oz), while for forwards, it should be on the lighter side, with the weight lying somewhere in between for midfield hockey players.
Selecting the Toe – the curved end of the hockey stick used for hitting the ball is called the ‘toe’ of the stick. You need to be informed when choosing the toe, as, like the weight and length of your field hockey stick, it must suit your position and style of play. For finesse players, toes are considered to be the best as these aid dribbling. On the other hand, “hook” toes are ideal for power players, while players looking for both power and finesse usually opt for “midi” toes. Since you are selecting your field hockey stick for the first time and may not have a position in mind, you have to grip the stick and try some moves to know which is the one that best appeals to you.
– Hockey Sticks are typically made from carbon, fiberglass and Kevlar materials, which have replaced all-wooden hockey sticks. Although some hockey sticks are still made from a blend of both wood and composite materials.
The ability to play the sport is obviously all important, but without the right equipment a child (or even an adult) is not going to be able to play well. Field hockey and ice hockey are two different sports, and a differentiation must be made between them. Both have different items to hit the ball or puck, and there is no possible crossover in equipment between the two games.
Sports stores are plentiful not just around the country, but around the world, and the majority will carry equipment for both codes of the game. The friendly staff, almost all with a large knowledge of the sport, will be more than willing to help and assist any customers who seem confused by the products they need to purchase to play the game.
At the store the staff will most likely inquire about the age, height, weight and gender of the user of the item to best ascertain what size stick is needed to best play. A wide range of tools, at a variety of price points and quality, will be available.
It is important to make sure that the right length of the stick is bought for a player. If the stick is too short, the person will be constantly stopping, causing damage to their body as well as behind a hindrance to playing well. A long stick jabs into the ribs of a player and is too cumbersome to carry around efficiently.
The main difference between the field and ice variations of the game come in the equipment used to hit the ball or puck. The field code uses a sturdier, more rounded stick, with one flat side and the reverse curved, while the ice-based sport uses a longer, flatter, thinner and larger faced stick with which to glide across the puck. Sticks cannot be crossed over codes, and a field stick will not work on the ice, nor vice versa.
As well as the stick itself, another vital equipment is needed in order to play the game safely. Pads and gum guards can be bought at most large sports stores, and staff will often advise potential buyers on the best items to purchase alongside their stick. Jerseys, vests and shorts (plus skates, if playing the ice based or roller skating versions of the game) are just some of the things most vital to play well and safely so as to avoid cases of accident occurrence.
Shopping for hockey sticks is, as anyone can see, an involved task. As well as the stick itself, a whole host of another equipment is needed to ensure a fair attempt can be made at taking part in both sports. However with careful guidance and a bit of know how it becomes an awful lot easier.