Picking a Hockey Stick - Blog

Choosing the right hockey stick is crucial for players to optimize their performance on the ice. There are various factors to consider, including the stick's length, flex, curve, and material. Here's a guide on how to pick a hockey stick:

  1. Stick Length:
  • Stand on skates, and the stick should reach from the ground to between your nose and your chin. This is a general guideline, and some players may prefer a slightly shorter or longer stick based on their playing style.
  1. Stick Flex:
  • Stick flex is the amount of force required to bend the stick shaft. Choose a flex rating that corresponds to your weight and playing style. Generally, forwards may prefer lower flex (70-85), while defensemen may opt for higher flex (85-110). Younger players or those with less upper body strength might benefit from a lower flex.
  1. Blade Curve:
  • The curve of the blade affects puck handling, shooting, and passing. Different curves suit different playing styles:
    • Mid Curve: Offers a balance between shooting and puck control.
    • Open Curve: Facilitates better puck lift and shooting accuracy.
    • Closed Curve: Enhances puck control but may require more effort for shooting.
  1. Blade Lie:
  • Blade lie refers to the angle between the blade and the shaft. Choose a lie that suits your skating posture. A lower lie (4 or 5) suits players who skate more upright, while a higher lie (5.5 or 6) is for those who skate with a lower stance.
  1. Material:
  • Hockey sticks are commonly made of composite materials, which offer a good balance of weight, durability, and performance. Traditional wooden sticks are less common but may be preferred by some players for their feel.
  1. Kick Point:
  • The kick point refers to the location on the stick shaft where it flexes the most during a shot.
    • Low Kick: Ideal for quick release shots, favored by forwards.
    • Mid Kick: Offers a balance between quick release and power for both forwards and defensemen.
    • High Kick: Provides maximum power for slap shots, preferred by defensemen.
  1. Grip vs. Non-Grip:
  • Some sticks come with a grip coating for enhanced control. Consider whether you prefer a grippy feel or a smoother texture and choose accordingly.
  1. Brand and Model:
  • Experiment with sticks from different brands and models to find what suits your preferences. Stick preferences can vary greatly among players.
  1. Budget:
  • Higher-end sticks often come with advanced materials and technologies, but they can be more expensive. Consider your budget and find a stick that offers the right balance of features within your price range.

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Choosing the right hockey stick is a personal preference, and it may take some trial and error to find the perfect match. Consider your playing style, position, and individual preferences to make an informed decision.


10. Consult with Experts:

- Seek advice from experienced players, coaches, or professionals at a local hockey shop. They can provide valuable insights based on your playing style, position, and skill level.