How to Choose a Field Hockey StickLooking to Buy a New Field Hockey Stick and Not Sure How to Pick One That’s Right For You?
There are several things to consider when purchasing a stick; Length, Weight, Skill Level, Composition, and the Bow (or bend) of a stick are all features that impact your performance. A perfectly selected field hockey stick will compliment your skills and truly elevates your game. So where to start?
LENGTHIt is important to have the correct size stick to execute both basic and advanced skills. The length can be the deciding factor in completing a pass, making a tackle…or making a mistake. A defensive player or mid-fielder may prefer a longer stick in order to drive the ball further, and an offensive player might select a shorter stick for better handling and control. Sticks can range from 28” – 37.5” or more. Typically, the stick should come up to the top of your hipbone.
Below are some basic height/size guidelines:
|HEIGHT||LENGTH||SHOP BY SIZE|
|4' & Under||28"||Shop 28" Sticks|
|4'1" - 4'3"||30"||Shop 30" Sticks|
|4'4" - 4'6"||32"||Shop 32" Sticks|
|4'7" - 5'||34"||Shop 34" Sticks|
|5'1" - 5'3"||35-35.5"||Shop 35 - 35.5" Sticks|
|5'4"-5'9"||36-36.5"||Shop 36 - 36.5" Sticks|
|5'10" & Over||37-37.5"||Shop 37 - 37.5" Sticks|
Harrow Torch Field Hockey Stick is one our longest stick that starts at 35” and goes up to 39".
WEIGHTField Hockey sticks range in weight from 535 grams to 560 grams. The appropriate weight of the stick typically depends on personal preference, however there are advantages to both a lighter stick and a heavier stick.
Light Weight (535g-545g) A light stick allows for quick wrist movement, making it easier to have a quick backswing and stick skills. It also helps with a flawless reception.
Heavy Weight (550g-560g) A heavier stick can aid in adding more power to your hits, while making the overall stick more durable. The Harrow Tomahawk Field Hockey Stick is an Ultra light 535 grams allowing for quick wrist speed on shots. At 550g, The Harrow Titan Field Hockey Stick is one of the stiffest and most powerful sticks with maximum striking power.
SKILL LEVELWe have 4 different skill levels for sticks: Elite, Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner.
Beginner: The best for the basics! Harrow Beginner sticks are perfect learning tools for first time players focusing on control and fundamental skills. Recommended for players 10 years old or younger who have been playing for one year or less. Harrow Cosmic Youth Field Hockey Stick is a junior mould stick made for the youngest players.
Intermediate: The best ticket to the next level. Harrow Intermediate sticks continue to focus on control but introduce a key element of power to elevate your game. Recommended for players 10-13 years old with 1-2 years of playing experience. Harrow Revel Field Hockey Stick is the perfect tool for players transitioning to the next level.
Advanced: The best of both worlds. Harrow Advanced Sticks offer an even balance of power and control helping players continuously improve their skills. Recommended for players 13+ years old with 2+ years of experience. Harrow Tidal 9 Field Hockey Stick is an Advanced stick, made for developing players ready for that extra element of power.
Elite: The best of the best! Harrow Elite sticks are recommended for highly skilled players that desire power paired with precision. Typically boasting higher carbon content, Elite sticks are the most powerful. Recommended for players 15+ years old with 3+ years of experience. Harrow RD8 International Low Bow Elite Field Hockey Stick
COMPOSITIONThe most popular materials used in a stick are Carbon, Fiberglass, Wood, and Aramid. Each Component creates different effects in the stick.
Carbon: Carbon adds stiffness and power to a field hockey stick. Put simply, the higher the carbon percentage translated to the greater the power output. Harrow Titan Field Hockey Stick is made of 100% carbon, making it the stiffest stick in the line.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass is used as a reinforcing material to add durability and strength. Fiberglass can also add an element of power when used by itself, but when used in combination with carbon it works as a reinforcement.
Wood: Wood is the least stiff of all the materials, it adds an element of flexibility and forgiveness in the stick, allowing for clean receptions without needing as much technical skill. Wooden sticks are a great tool to learn on. Harrow Willow Field Hockey Stick is ideal for any beginner.
Technora: Technora sets Harrow Sports sticks apart from the competition. As stated before Carbon adds power to a stick however it adds a bit of stiffness as well. When you add technora to the composition of a stick you can use less carbon without losing the power. Harrow Reprise Field Hockey Stick has extreme power output without sacrificing a flawless first touch.
BOWExtreme Low Bow: 24.75mm is ideal for drag flicking, aerial and sweeping skills. Elite players will utilize the stick shape to increase speed and accuracy for those specialized skills.
Low Bow: 24mm is popular for every position on the field. The shape increases ball control and makes aerial skills easier without affecting hitting technique.
Classic Bow: 22mm is our standard curve that maximizes control and power. The Harrow Tembo Low Bow Field Hockey Stick features an extreme low bow, ideal for forwards and midfielders looking to sharpen their touch. With a 24mm Low Bow, the Harrow Eagle Eye Field Hockey Stick is a versatile stick used by all positions. The Harrow Dynasty Field Hockey Stick has a standard classic 22mm mid-bow.
Over time and as skill and ability improve, players will develop a feel for what works best to meet their needs. Dedicated players own a few different sticks in anticipation of changes in playing conditions and as back-up for breakage. You can shop all Harrow Field Hockey Sticks HERE.
NORMAL WEAR AND TEARDue to the nature of the game, the paint on the stick may chip after a hard hack, hit, or repetitive heel dragging. Paint chips are considered normal wear and tear and are not qualified for a warranty replacement. We handle each warranty claim on a case-by-case basis, so if you think your stick is damaged beyond normal wear and tear and is defective, please send us pictures and we will take a look!
Helpful tips for fixing a “rain stick”
It is not uncommon for a piece of fiberglass to come loose inside the handle/shaft of the stick and cause a rattling sound or vibration when hitting. This does not mean your stick is broken, it just means there is an annoying piece of fiberglass in there that needs to come out. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to remove the piece.
- Remove Grip (you will need a new grip to put on afterwards
- Take off end cap (if you destroy the end cap while removing it, let us know and we will send you a new one)
- Shake that annoying sucker out! You may need to tap the ends of the stick to loosen it entirely. You may also fish it out with a wire coat hanger.
- Make sure there are no more rattling sounds
- Put end cap back on stick
- Use electrical tape to secure the end cap to the handle.
- Re-grip the stick and secure both ends with electrical tape
You should replace your stick when you feel that your skill level has surpassed the level of the stick. Over time the fibers will compress and lose the “pop” that we feel with a brand new stick. An average jump in carbon is 15% to 25%.