Having the right size of a field hockey stick can be the difference between playing well and having a hard time.
Field hockey sticks are not a one-size-fits-all piece of equipment. In fact, you cannot just assume a size based even on a guess. Instead, you need to be able to measure a field hockey stick in a few different ways. This is how.
Control Is Key
To begin with, in field hockey, you need a stick that you can comfortably control. You can measure for this comfort level by placing the index finger of your right hand on your right hip bone. Then, you need to put your middle and ring dingers next to the index finger.
The top of your field hockey stick should reach the side of your ring finger if it fits you correctly.
Another way to size, if the first is awkward, is to turn your hockey stick upside down and place the blade in your armpit, as you would if you were using a crutch. The top of the stick should reach the middle of your kneecap, but no lower.
Having a stick that is made for your height means that you will have a better handle on how it moves with you.
There are recommended field hockey stick lengths based on your height.
This Is The Breakdown
- Players 4’ or less, should look for 28” sticks
- Players 4’1 to 4’3” should look for 30” sticks
- Players 4’4” to 4’6” should look for 32” sticks
- Players 4’7” to 5’ should look for 34” sticks
- Players 5’1” to 5’3” should look for 35” to 35.5” sticks
- Players 5’4” to 5’9” should look for 36” to 36.5” sticks
- Players 5’10” and up should look at 37” to 37.5” sticks
These lengths are only recommendations and do not factor in your personal lengths as far as your limbs and body. You can start by going off of this guide, but you still need to measure the sticks in person to be sure that you have the right length.
The position that you play can also affect the length of stick that you get in field hockey. Players who need quick and agile movements might prefer a hockey stick that is shorter than the measured suggestion. Shorter sticks do allow you to carry it more freely and manoeuvre it with ease. This normally applies to forwards or other attacking players.
Meanwhile, defensemen, midfield players, and similar positions might prefer a longer reach that you can get out of a stick that is longer than the recommended length. This can help you reach out toward the puck without being too close to it. Longer sticks can also hit a ball out of the defensive due to the added power.
Beyond the length and your position, when you are looking for the best field hockey stick, you will also need to consider what material is right for you as well as the toe design.
You can choose from four main toe designs:
- Short: Offensive players prefer shorter toes for better control and manoeuvres.
- Midi: The midi toe design is best for midfielders, because they still help with agility, but are easier for beginners.
- Maxi: Maxi sticks are usually chosen by the defensemen because of their wider surface area for hitting the ball.
- Hook: Hook toe designs are a great choice for drag flicks, reverse stick plays, and anyone who would prefer to have a wider surface to work from.
Outside of the toe design, the material of your field hockey stick should also be a consideration when you are looking for one. Traditionally, field hockey sticks were made entirely out of wood. In modern times, they are made normally with carbon and fibreglass. These new materials make it easier to carry and control the sticks, and they are more durable than wooden sticks are.
There Are Many Pros To Each Stick Material, Which Breaks Down Like This:
- Carbon: The hardest material, these sticks are made for power, making it a great choice for pros and advanced players.
- Fiberglas: Fiberglas has an added level of durability, power, and stick feel. It is less expensive than carbon and lighter as well. Advanced players will need the carbon, however. Fiberglas is not a substitute.
- Wood: Yes, wood sticks are still out there. They are inexpensive and easy to replace. They are really only for traditionalists or for younger players who are just getting started on their skills
Just remember that you need to be able to carry and use your stick well, so you should not go with the first one that you find. Confirm that it fits well and will match your playing style before you commit to one stick over another.
Hey there, my name is Shawn and I’m a semi-professional hockey player. I’m also the founder and chief editor here at Hockey Pursuits. I love playing hockey and helping players improve their game and that’s why I decided to start this blog.