There are many things to think about when choosing the right stick for you. Bow shape, power, feel, length etc. We're here to help! Below is a breakdown of what each of these thigns mean and how to pick the perfect stick for you!
Probably the most import point to consider is the position and size of the apex of the curve in the shaft. The maximum allowable curve in the shaft is 25mm and most stick shapes have a curve pretty close to this.
Extra Low Bow (XLB)
The most popular with players who have a more areal playstyle and dragflickers. If you love areal 3D skills or overheads the XLB shape will make it that much easier to lift the ball. The Extreme bend also provides the ideal shape for drag flicking. Usually with a 24mm curve peak and 200mm curve position. Some brands and moulds have a concave face as well for the perfect drag flick stick.Shop the XLB range
Brand Shape Names
Grays: Probow Xtreme, Jumbow
GRYPHON: Samurai, Deuce II
JDH: Xtra Low Bow, Concave
Mazon: XB, XG
Osaka: Pro Groove
Low Bow (LB)
A shape designed for the all round player. The Low bow shapes gives you the benefits of both worlds. The curve helps when performing areal skills, overheads etc. and is not too extreme thus not compromising your basics. Usually with a 24mm curve peak and 250mm curve position.Shop the LB range
Brand Shape Names
GRYPHON: Pro, P25, T-Bone
JDH: Low Bow
Osaka: Pro Bow, Low Bow, Proto Bow
Mid Bow (MB)
Designed to enhance your trapping and basics. The Mid bow curve give you an even stick profile for more power and control over the ball! Usually with a curve peak of 22mm abd curve position of 300mm.Shop the MB range
Brand Shape Names
Classic Bow (CB)
The more traditional bow shape, the classic bow helps to maximise power and control over the ball. Usually with a curve peak of 19mm and curve position of 350mm.Shop the CB range
Brand Shape Names
GRYPHON: Classic Curve
By power we mean the ball speed a stick can generate when hitting or slapping the ball given a constant swing speed.
Ball speed is obviously important in many aspects of the game and particularly crucial when shooting at goal or passing over longer distances. There is a direct correlation between the power a stick can generate when hitting or slapping and the shaft stiffness of the stick. The stiffer the shaft of the stick the more direct transfer of energy there is onto the ball and the faster the ball will travel. The shaft stiffness of the stick is dependent on a number of factors.
Firstly; the materials that are used to make the stick. No metallic substances are allowed in the production of hockey stick and so the materials used are composite materials ranging from fibre glass to various aramids and carbon. Carbon is generally the most effective material to stiffen a stick. It is very light and has a very high tensile strength. It does however significantly harden the feel of the stick as it is not as absorbent as other composite materials and also relatively brittle when subjected to impact. It therefore has to be combined carefully with other materials in order not to negatively impact the feel and durability of the stick.
2. The Lay-up
The second main factor influencing shaft stiffness is the lay-up of the stick. By lay-up we mean where and how the different materials are placed in the shaft of the stick during production. As a stick is not a uniform shape the there are different torsional stresses in different areas of the stick on impact with the ball. The placement and fibre direction of the different composites materials is critical to get the maximum possible transfer of energy onto the ball.
Thirdly the shaft stiffness also affects the quality of the bond between the different materials. This is in turn impacted by the quality of the resins used and process used to impregnate the fibre and also the moulding process.
If carbon is not used effectively it can negatively impact on the feel and durability of a stick. When choosing a stick, players who prioritise power for hitting and slapping will place a big emphasis on the shaft stiffness of the stick. Improved shaft stiffness is the main feature you are paying for when you move up in the range.
One of the most important considerations when choosing a new hockey stick is the feel of the stick.
Feel of a stick
What is meant by the feel is the sensation felt when the stick makes contact with the ball when executing skills like hitting, slapping, trapping, dribbling, etc. While to some extent the feel is subjective, different stick models will have their own distinctive feels. Some may be softer and more forgiving while others could be harder but more precise. The feel is dependent on a mix of materials used to make the stick, as well as the manufacturing process. Top end sticks have a stiffer shaft in order to improve power but as the materials used to stiffen the shaft (such as Carbon) are not very pliable, they tend to have a harder feel. The real art in the manufacture of a top end hockey stick is to produce a stiff shaft for high power, but at the same time creates a feel which allows for easy execution of skills. Different manufacturers use a variety of technologies to try to soften the feel of a top end but inevitably there is some trade off between power and softer feel, so make sure you choose the model that suites you best.
Picking the right size stick can be difficult. We're here to help. The below table is a breakdown of the recommended size stick based on your height. Choosing the size stick for you can also come down to personal preference. A shorter stick could be more useful for a striker/mid-fielder as it forces you to get lower to the ground and give you more control over the ball where a defender might prefer a longer stick for the extra reach.
Stick Size (inch)
Players Height (cm)
|24"||65 - 99|
|26"||100 - 104|
|28"||105 - 116|
|30"||117 - 128|
|32"||129 - 134|
|33"||135 - 138|
|34"||139 - 147|
|35"||148 - 159|
|36.5"||160 - 167|
|37.5||167 - 174|
|38.5||174 - 180|