Field Hockey / hockey

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Field Hockey - What stick to buy?
There are so many options out there, but which one should you choose?Size MattersWhen it comes to hockey sticks, size definitely matters. A better fitting size will help with doing skills. Your stick should usually come up to the top of your hipbone but it is of personal preference. Most companies provides sticks from 24" through to 38" but you can get custom ones made. If you are slightly taller you may find it very hard to get longer sticks, as I do, but if you look hard enough you will find a company that does 38.5"+ Sticks.WeightHeavier sticks are meant for defensive positions, as these sticks can produce more power and give the ball further out. Opposite to this, Lighter sticks are meant for offensive players as the light weight helps with swings and skills.CompositionCarbon: Adds stiffness to the stick. The higher the carbon percentage the more powerful your hits will be. A stick with less carbon will improve control and make trapping easier. Sticks with higher levels of carbon tend to be more expensive. Aramid: Adds durability to the stick and absorbs vibrations sent through the stick when striking and receiving balls. Fibreglass: Many field hockey sticks still contain some level of fibreglass. It adds strength, durability and feel to a stick. These are less rigid than carbon-heavy sticks making them more forgiving. Fibreglass is similar to carbon but more economical. Wood: Some players still prefer to use wooden sticks. Wooden sticks improve control when dribbling and receiving. More affordable and ideal for young beginners. It is suggested that beginners start with lower levels of carbon and work their way up as they progress.My personal preference is to have 85% Carbon and the rest be a mixture of Aramid and Fibreglass as I feel comfortable playing with these kinds of sticks.
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