Selecting a Hockey Stick

Choosing the right field hockey stick is crucial for your performance on the field. There are several factors to consider when selecting a stick, including your playing style, position, skill level, and personal preferences. Here are some tips to help you choose the right field hockey stick:

Stick Length

Field hockey sticks come in various lengths, typically ranging from 96 x 71 cm / 28 inches to 38 inches. The right length for you depends on your height and position. Shorter sticks offer better control, while longer sticks provide more reach. Strikers often prefer shorter sticks for better maneuverability, while defenders may opt for longer sticks for extended reach.

Stick Weight

Field hockey sticks are available in different weights, usually categorized as light, medium, or heavy. Lighter sticks offer better control and speed, while heavier sticks provide more power. Choose a stick weight that matches your playing style. For example, forwards might prefer lighter sticks for quick movements and dribbling, while midfielders might choose a medium-weight stick for a balance of control and power.

Bow Shape

Field hockey sticks have a bow or curve in the shaft, which affects your ball control and aerial skills. There are three main types of bow shapes:

  • Low Bow: Ideal for advanced players who focus on drag flicks, aerials, and 3D skills. Provides excellent control for overhead passes and shots.
  • Mid Bow: Suitable for all-around players offering a balance between control and power. Good for hitting and dribbling.
  • Standard Bow: Provides a straighter profile, offering basic ball control and hitting capabilities. It’s a good choice for beginners.


Field hockey sticks are typically made from wood, fibreglass, carbon fibre, or a combination of these materials.

  • Wood: Traditional and offers a natural feel. Suitable for beginners and players who prefer a softer touch.
  • Fibreglass: Provides added durability and a softer touch. Good for players looking for a balance between control and power.
  • Carbon Fibre: Lightweight and offers excellent power. Preferred by advanced players for powerful hits and shots.


Make sure the stick has a comfortable grip that suits your hands. Some players prefer a cushioned grip for shock absorption, while others prefer a thinner grip for better control.


Field hockey sticks come in a wide price range. Set a budget based on your needs and look for sticks within that range offering the features you need.

Try Before You Buy

If possible, visit our shop and try out a few sticks before making a purchase. Feel the grip, test the weight, and practice some basic moves to see how the stick performs.

Remember that choosing a field hockey stick is a personal decision. Consider your playing style, position, and skill level to find a stick that complements your strengths and helps improve your game.

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