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How to choose the right hockey stick
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A stick is one piece of equipment you can't do without when you play hockey!

But don't feel you have to rush out to buy one straight away.

Your school or club will probably let you borrow a stick to start off with.

Make sure you try a few out so you can decide what suits you best.

Sticks usually weigh around 12-28 ounces and measure between 28ins-36ins in length.

They can cost up to 175 but you needn't spend more than about 10 if you're a beginner.

Hockey sticks are made in India or Pakistan
All hockey sticks start off as ordinary lengths of wood

The type of stick you choose will depend on the type of player you are and the role you play within the team.

The main difference is in the shape of the head.

There are three main shapes.

Shorti sticks have a more centred "sweet spot" which means they are ideal for striking the ball.

These are usually preferred by defenders who like to hit the ball hard.

Midi and hook heads are designed for dribbling, reverse stick play and flicking.

Attacking players who like to use a variety of shots usually go for this type.

But there are no hard and fast rules about what kind of stick a player should use. It's all down to personal preference.

Some artificial pitches can have a sandpaper effect on sticks and they'll get worn down with time.

Different materials such as fibreglass and carbon can be used to reinforce a wooden hockey stick.

These will affect the stick's strength and performance.

However, metal must never be used to reinforce a stick.


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STAR TIP::

John Hurst
proprietor The Hockey Centre, hockey equipment specialists

To find the right length hockey stick, hold the stick against the outside of your leg. It should come up to your hip bone.

Remember you may not have finished growing yet, so don't pick one that could be too small for you in a few months' time!


Did you know?
All hockey sticks are made in India or Pakistan



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