A hockey stick has to have a weight of at least 340 grams up to 794 grams. Furthermore, the stick has to fit through a ring with a diameter of 5.10 cm. If this is not possible, the stick is illegal.
When selecting the right hockey stick it is important to know what differences there are.
These differences are caused by the following features / components:
Sticks are not all equally stiff. The used composite fibers and how these fibers are processed determine how stiff a stick will be.
A harder stick has more power, but obviously a different feeling. Besides the need for more or less power the personal preference also plays an important role. Many offensive players choose a less stiff stick in order to have more control.
Sticks are available in different weights. The weight of the sticks is indicated in light, medium or heavy. In general, an offensive player will choose a lighter stick for because it facilitates rapid stick-handling. Defenders often choose a heavier stick so they have more power, for example the long pass.
The hook of the stick in different "shapes" available:
This is a often used hook because it forms an excellent combination between control and offering quick stick-handling. The hook is, when the sticks standing upright, at an angle of 20 ° with the field.
This hook is about ½ inch longer than the shorti and offers by the larger surface advantages for the receiving of a pass and the backhand stroke. The angle with the field is, when the stick standing upright, about 45 °.
A maxi hook has a larger surface and therefore offers more control at receiving. This offers advantages in the defense and the dragpush.
This is a J-shaped hook with a large surface. This is beneficial to the receiving of the ball, the dragpush and defending. This hook makes an angle of 75 ° when the stick is upright.
Hockey sticks are never straight. All Hockey sticks bend light inwards. This curvature of the stick is also called "the bending" and we enounce it in mm's. The curvature of a stick is between 16 and 25 mm. Sticks with more bending are generally used by players who dragpush, because the ball has to come from behind the body. The bigger the curvature, the more speed you can give the ball. At a penaltycorner with a dragpush is the stick with a maximum curvature at his best.
The center point of the standard curve is approximately 30 centimeters from the hook. However, on request XXclusive Sports also can produce a late-bow for you for even more control.
XXclusive Wooden sticks
Wood is for more than 100 years most important material for Hockey sticks. Since 2001, the wooden stick is (sadly for our taste) largely replaced with the full-composite stick. Wood has since been used almost exclusively for children’s sticks and high segment sticks. This is a strange thing when you consider that wood ensures the ball-feeling and contact. Many international players still prefer a wooden hockey stick.
For the wooden base of the sticks XXclusive Sports is using a laminate of 3 different sorts of wood. The combination of these 3 sorts of wood ensures the specific and unique characteristics of the XXclusive hockey stick.
With the XXclusive stick the real wooden hockey stick is available again for everyone.
These sticks are reinforced with different kinds of composite fibers, such as:
Glass Fiber provides mainly strength and durability.
Carbon gives the stick more stiffness and more power.
Kevlar guarantees more stiffness, but also impact reduction and vibration damping. This stick is for the stiffness close to the situation from the full-composite stick. However, due the Kevlar Hockey stick is using a wooden base, the ball-feeling and contact is many times larger than the previously mentioned full-composite sticks.
Strengthening of the sticks
The composite fibers provide in 2 different ways the reinforcement of sticks:
1. The use of fiber strips placed on both sides of the stick.
2. The use of "socks” of fiber that strengthen the stick around.
The bottom of the hook is finally extra strengthened to avoid rapid deterioration due the artificial fields.
For each player it is important that he or she has the right size stick. With a (too) long stick it is more difficult to control the ball and the technique often taught wrong. A too short stick produces less power and influences the player’s pose during the game. However, playing with a long stick is more damaging than playing with a short stick.
The length of the stick is expressed in inches. Converting centimeters to inches, you can easily do with a calculator: 2.54 centimeters is 1 inch.
Measurement of the correct size
There is only one correct method to measure:
Stand upright. Put the tip of the stick under your armpit. The hook of the stick, you can lift your kneecap. Is the hook on the shin, then the stick is too long. In the extreme case, the hook may lay on the knee, but never above it.
If you do not have a stick at hand, tape measure the distance between the armpit and about 1,5 inches below the kneecap.
The maintenance of the stick has become increasingly important because almost all games are played on artificial grass. The following tips may help to prolong the durability of your hockey stick.
1. After a workout or game dry the stick standing upright.
2. Put your stick never in the direct surroundings of a heat source (radiator or heater).
3. Never oil the stick. This makes the wood week and soft and therefore vulnerable.
4. Never keep your stick in a humid area (such as a closed stick bag).
Wear on the hook you can recover in two ways:
1. You can cover the hook of the stick yourself with a special two-component adhesive or a resin compound.
2. Let you stick repair by a specialist.
Wear on the shaft
The hard balls can damage the shaft material and the nice print. If you do nothing about it the wooden base can come free and can splinter and it can weaken the attachment of the hook in the shaft.
- Just above the hook, you can paste stick tape or insulation tape. This mutes the blow.
- Slightly higher on the shaft can also wear the stick print. There is a transparent film to protect the fine print.