Field Hockey Sticks

An alternative to hockey, field hockey is played in much like a combination of hockey and soccer. Field hockey requires two 11-player teams on a grass field, with shin guards as the only protective equipment. Also, players pass a ball around the field with field hockey sticks, which are similar to hockey sticks but also have many differences.

Field hockey sticks are one of the most important pieces of field hockey equipment, besides the ball. Field hockey sticks are only made for right-handed people, and they have a toe with a rounded edge. The rounded edge of field hockey sticks faces the right, and the flat part of the stick faces the left.

Like hockey sticks, field hockey sticks are made from a variety of materials, but are traditionally made of wood such as ash or mulberry wood. Other popular field hockey sticks are made of composite materials.

Composite materials of field hockey sticks may include fiberglass, which is combined with wood to add greater durability and strength. Carbon or graphite tends to make sticks stiffer, which will produce more power for a harder shot. Kevlar is a man-made fiber which reduces shock to the hands while adding durability to a field hockey stick, and Dyeema is a material that provides superior shock resistance and strength. Field hockey sticks may be priced from $30 and up.

To find the ideal field hockey stick length, measure a stick from the ground to your hip bone. Then, in your field hockey body position, try swinging the stick, and be sure that it hits just above the ground in front of you. Practice with various sticks until you find just the right length for you.

When picking out a field hockey stick, you will also want to consider the various types of grip that are available. Suede and rubber are popular, but a suede grip provides a firmer grip with less sweat. The stick weight will vary as well, anywhere from 18 to 25.9 ounces, and the toe of the stick is available in different shapes to better suit different positions and playing styles.

To discover your favorite field hockey stick qualities, try playing with a teammate's stick, or ask a coach to lend you one. By trying various sticks, you will be able to discover which style fits you best before you decide to buy one for yourself.