How to Choose Hockey Sticks

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Step 1

Step one in choosing the right hockey stick for you is function and feel. Before deciding on what style of curve and the height of your stick, it is important to determine how the stick feels in your hands. This is a personal choice, but determining the desired weight and preferred texture will immediately narrow down which type of stick you are looking for.

Step 2

Step two in choosing the right hockey stick for you is determined by your shooting style. Players vary in where they like to release the puck from on the blade(curve) and how hard they shoot it(lie), therefore the curve of the blade and flexibility and angle(blade to shaft) of the stick are the next elements to consider when selecting the right stick. Players that favor slap shots and snap shots will prefer a lower flex while those who prefer to take wrist shots and backhanders tend to prefer a higher flex.

Step 3

Step three in choosing the right hockey stick for you is determined by your height and the position you play. Forwards generally prefer shorter sticks for increased manoeuvrability in smaller spaces while defensemen prefer longer sticks for increased reach. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that the height of your stick should reach the tip of your nose when you are standing in your skates. Of course, it always comes down to personal choice and preference, so pick which size is most comfortable for you. (For more information on sizing, see the Special Attention section at the bottom.)

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

When sizing up which hockey stick is right for you, it is best to always follow these general guidelines; - Age 3-8, Height 3'0"-4'8", Stick Length 46-49", Recommended Flex 40/42 - Age 7-13, Height 4'4"-5'1", Stick Length 50-54", Recommended Flex 50/52 - Age 11-14, Height 4'11"-5'4"", Stick Length 55-58", Recommended Flex 60 - Age 12-14, Height 5'2"-5'8", Stick Length 55-58", Recommended Flex 65/67 (Light Flex) - Age 14+, Height 5'5"-5'10", Stick Length 57-61", Recommended Flex 75-77 (Mid Flex) - Age 14+, Height 5'7"-6'1", Stick Length 58-62", Recommended Flex 85/87 (Regular Flex) - Age 14+, Height 5'10"-6'4", Stick Length 60-63", Recommended Flex 100/102 (Stiff Flex) - Age 14+, Height 6'1 +, Stick Length 62" +, Recommended Flex 110/112 (Extra Stiff Flex)

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Hockey sticks are historical items as they date back to the early 1800's. Originally made by combining two pieces of wood, typically hardwoods like Maple or Willow, the hockey stick eventually became a "one-piece" stick made from Ash. The wood stick dominated the sport for nearly a Century before the introduction of Aluminum and other lightweight sticks. Now made from space-age materials like Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Kevlar and Titanium (or various combinations), hockey sticks have evolved into nearly weightless, tailor-made tools for the modern hockey player.

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It was my very first season of hockey and I was in the midst of learning all the fundamentals of playing the game when my father gave me my very first hockey stick. I was excited, except it had one problem; there was no curve on the blade. As it turned out, my father explained to me that, regardless of which side you shoot from, in order to best learn how to control a puck, you must master using both sides of the blade. With a flat stick (no curve), I had no choice but to master shooting and passing on both my forehand and my backhand. That is how I learned that it's not the stick that makes a player better, but that better players are the ones who know how to properly use them.

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