How to choose a Field Hockey Stick
How to choose a field hockey stick
Looking 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?
It 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 midfielder 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 hip bone.
Below are some basic height/size guidelines:
|4' - Under||28"|
|4'1" - 4'3"||30"|
|4'4" - 4'6"||32"|
|4'7" - 5'||34"|
|5'1" - 5'3"||35 - 35.5"|
|5'4"- 5'9"||36 - 36.5"|
|5'10" - Over||37 - 37.5"|
The Harrow Supreme C Field Hockey Stick is one of our shortest sticks that starts at 28” and goes up to 35". (Perfect for young beginners!)
The majority of our field hockey sticks come as large as 37.5".
Field 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 AH13 Field Hockey Stick is an Ultra light 537 grams allowing for quick wrist speed on shots.
We 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.
The Harrow Supreme 15 Field Hockey Stick is a junior molded 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.
The Harrow Summit 35 Field Hockey Stick and Paragon 45 are the perfect tools 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.
The Harrow Summit 65 or Paragon 75 are advanced sticks, 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.
The 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.
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.
Constructed by sturdy mulberry wood and reinforced with composite, the Harrow Supreme C Field Hockey Stick is ideal for any beginner.
Extreme 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.
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
Normal Wear and Tear
Due 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
How often should I replace my stick and what is an average jump in carbon percentage? 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%.