How To Buy The Best Field Hockey Stick

May 25th, 2012

Buying field hockey sticks with the right materials, length, and toe design is crucial to playing your best game. My field hockey stick guide is here to help you identify the best field hockey equipment that would be best for your position, playing style, and ability level.

Construction:

Materials and Stiffness
Field hockey sticks are made primarily of wood, usually mulberry or hickory. High-quality wood enhances a stick’s overall strength and stability. Sticks made with composite and fiberglass are legal at the collegiate and high school levels. Wood and synthetics offer varying degrees of stiffness, which affects shock absorption and power. Manufacturers sometimes add reinforcing materials with a variety of purposes. Reinforcements do everything from increasing durability to enhancing flexibility.

-Beginning players should look for a flexible stick with good shock absorption.
-Advanced players may prefer a stiffer stick for increased power.

Reinforcements
Manufacturers sometimes add reinforcing materials with a variety of purposes. Reinforcements do everything from increasing durability to enhancing flexibility.

Fiberglass
-Applied either as a sleeve or taped to one side.
-Adds overall strength and durability.
-Reduces wear.

Carbon Fiber Tape
-Applied to both sides of the stick as a stiffening agent.
-Enhances stiffness at the handle for more powerful hits.
-Also sold as Graphite Tape.

Kevlar Tape
-Applied to both sides of the stick.
-Enhances stiffness and reduces vibration.
-Increases shock resistance and power transfer.

Kevlar Braid
-Kevlar is woven into a full-length sleeve for all-over impact endurance.
-A stick with high Kevlar content delivers greater shock absorption and a smoother feel.

Aerospace Tape
-Made from Kevlar, carbon, and fiberglass.
-A durable, woven material sealed with high-strength glue.
-Wraps around the stick for vibration reduction and strength.

Ceramic Tape
-Applied to the flat side of the stick.
-Advanced aerospace technology that provides strength and vibration reduction.

Toe Design:

Different toe designs provide specific performance for forwards, mid-fielders and backs. A field stick’s toe curve is designed for the way different players need to strike the ball. There are four basic toe designs:

Shorti
-The most common toe length, usually used on offense.
-Helps the player quickly turn the stick over the ball.
-Designed for balance, maneuverability and control.

Midi
-The most popular and appropriate shape for beginners and midfield players.
-About a half-inch longer than the Shorti, it provides a larger hitting surface.
-Makes flicking, receiving, and reverse play more comfortable.

Maxi
-Popular with defensive players.
-Combines a larger receiving area with the hitting power of a Midi head.

Hook
-A J-shaped construction.
-Larger stopping surface for receiving and defensive work.
-Particularly good for grass surfaces.

Size:

Field hockey sticks range in length so you can choose a field hockey stick based on either your height or your comfort level. Some players prefer a longer stick while others can maneuver better with a shorter stick.

Stick Length by Height

When choosing a field hockey stick, select the length that you can control comfortably. Place the index finger of your right hand on your right hip bone. Place your middle and ring finger next to your index finger. The top of the stick should approximately reach the side of your ring finger.

Consult this chart to help you determine which field stick length is right for you:
Stick Size / Height:
31″ / 4’3″ and under
32″ / 4’3″ -4’6″
33″ / 4’6″ -4’9″
34″ / 4’9″ -5′
35″ / 5′ -5’3″
36″ / 5’3″ -5’7″
37″ / 5’7″ -5’10″
38″ / 5’10″ and up

Stick Weight by Position
Just like toe design, the weight you choose will be based on your position. It is best to consider your role on the field and style of play when selecting a weight.

-Backs: heavier stick, 22oz to 24oz. Weight for the game of field hockey lends distance to hits and keeps your stick in play against attacks.

-Midfielders: average stick, approximately 21oz. A mid-weight stick accommodates both defensive and offensive plays.

-Forwards: lightweight stick, 19 to 20oz. Select a weight that won’t interfere with rapid stick work and movement.

What’s Right for You?:

Experience
-New and younger players should choose a basic stick reinforced with fiberglass, carbon fiber, or Kevlar tape.

-Overtime, experienced players develop a feel for the synthetic material or reinforcement that best meets their needs.

-As skill and physical ability improve, your position will influence the stick styles in your collection.

Building a Stick Collection
-Dedicated players who know how to play field hockey usually own a few different indoor and outdoor field hockey sticks as backup for breakage, variables in playing conditions and for knowing how to play field hockey when playing on different surfaces.

-Field hockey equipment does unfortunally break. It is better to have your own broken-in floor hockey stick in waiting than to borrow an unfamiliar stick during game play.

-Some sticks work better for some circumstances. No single stick does everything for everybody on every playing surface.

-You should have a minimum of two sticks with you whenever you go to play. For frequent play on both natural and artificial turf, you will probably want a minimum of four sticks, two for each surface. If you switch positions, you will probably want one stick for each position and an all-purpose backup.

Why Is Grays O Tech 8000 Megabow Field Hockey Stick Stirring Up Such A Big Buzz?

April 1st, 2010

Grays O Tech 8000 Megabow Field Hockey Stick created a buzz that everyone seem’s to be talking about, so I went to a friends store who sells sports equiptment to try it out for myself.

The first time touching this hockey stick was intresting and nowhere near anything I felt before. It has a spring to it but it did seem soft which worked in cushioning the ball. Before using it, I actually really like it… but I only care about how it actually is during play. Just because a stick looks good and feel’s awesome doesn’t mean you’ll play the game of field hockey good.

The headshape is a maxi and the field hockey sticks power rating is “xtra stiff”. It uses the megabow blade profile and comes in either 36.5 and 37.5 length, weights were light and medium. Due to the holes removed along the stick, the balance seemed off and was sure it would affect my hitting ability but it actually did not effect my game or play at all.

The big big thing about the Gray 8000 is how fast and easy it is to make high speed movements. This stick hits like a bomb with huge explosion which I don’t think I ever was able do before with a field hockey stick. I was taken to a whole new level with this but it’s not for everyone and is higher priced than most.

The springiness I talked about when referring to the touch transfers over to the hitting and slapping side
of things also. Well I got to say that Grays O Tech 8000 megabow field hockey stick is definetly different to say the least but it does hit nicely, flicks easily, has a nice look which won’t help your gameplay.

Overall Gray’s field hockey sticks are very nice regardless if you think its a gimmick or not, at least we seem to have companies trying to move in the right direction. I understand the people who think it’s all a gimmick because I thought it was myself until I tried it in the shop for a good hour and a half.

Grays GX1000 Field Hockey Sticks Are Preferred By Most Players

January 11th, 2010

Any experienced field hockey game player will tell you that field hockey sticks are all made so different that it’s just a matter of trial and error when buying field hockey equipment. That’s why I did a survey at my last game a few days ago asking players from both teams (and fans lol) “which field hockey equipment brand is your favorite”. I wasn’t surprised at all that over 80% of the responses were “Grays” and if asked the same thing, I would of says Grays.

Grays GX1000 field hockey sticks have a super lightweight construction made up of 20% carbon, 20% kevlar and 60% fiberglass is a durable stick that was specifically made to deliver optimal balance and superior comfort in any field hockey game.

Grays GX1000 uses glass fiber to ensure more ball control and over the top shock absorption. This one has a super stiff flex which offers a perfect mix of ball speed, touch, balance and speed.

STX 60/35 Composite Field Hockey Stick

November 12th, 2009

Featuring patented cavity head technology, now STX 60/35 field hockey sticks shifts weight higher up in the toe to keep drives low and straight. The cavity head shape also makes getting under the ball on lifts and shots a breeze, while the teardrop shape handle allows for proper hand orientation and stick handling ease.

-Higher carbon construction for stiffer, more powerful field hockey sticks.

-Patented cavity head field hockey equipment technology shifts weight higher up in the toe to keep drives low and straight.

-Cavity head shape makes getting under the ball on lifts and shots a breeze.

-Unique cavity back design puts weight on the flat surface of the shaft for ball deadening stops and minimal hand vibration.

-Teardrop shape handle for proper hand orientation and stick handling ease.

-The STX 60/35 is made up of 60% fiberglass, 35% carbon, 5% aramid makes older field hockey equipment a thing in the past.

This is a definitely a great field hockey stick. I got this one for my birthday and it’s wonderful how much better my field hockey game has gotten. Just holding it gets me amped up for our next game. The green color also gets me since green and yellow are my favorite colors. I would look into one of these especially if you really know how to play field hockey defense.

STX 361V2 Composite Field Hockey Stick

October 25th, 2009

All I have to say is WOW, field hockey sticks are now being made solid! The STX 361V2 field hockey stick gives shooters, dribblers, and dodgers a secret ultimate weapon on the field. This badboy features a sleek shape combined with a proven fiberglass/carbon/aramid blend (now that is some strong stuff compared to older field hockey equipment). STX field hockey sticks have a one of a kind… unique v-shaped ball channel gives you a edge when playing on any surface along with more accurate dribbling, passing, and receiving control. All while the teardrop shape handle offers proper hand orientation for stick handling ease and comfort in any field hockey game.

The STX 361V2 features:

1. A sleek shape combined with proven fiberglass, carbon, and aramid blend gives shooters, dribblers, and dodgers an ultimate weapon without looking obvious (unless someone else owns one, the other players will be clueless to how awesome your skills are). Sometimes you feel like your breaking the field hockey rules when switching to the STX field hockey stick.

2. You get the unique v-shaped ball channel on the playing surface for extra dribbling, passing, and receiving control.

3. Uses the teardrop shape handle for proper hand orientation and stick handling ease. This floor hockey stick is also very comfortable and never hurts my hand.

4. STX now makes flatter edges allowing the stick to get increased contact on sweep hits.

5. Overall it is made of 30% fiberglass, 60% carbon and 10% aramid.