Hockey Stick Sizing

Does size matter?

Selecting hockey sticks basically comes down to personal preference. For every player who prefers a short, light hockey stick there will be a player who prefers a longer, heavier hockey stick.

There are advantages and disadvantages to using short hockey sticks, long hockey sticks, stiff hockey shafts and different hockey stick curves etc. Some of these decisions should be made while considering your skating style and the position you are playing. Many defensemen prefer to use longer and heavier sticks as these sticks are more suited to poke checking and the rough play in front of the net. Many forwards, on the other hand, like to use shorter, lighter sticks as they are suited for maneuverability and enable you to release your shots quickly. Also, if you skate in a hunched-over style, a shorter stick would be better for you and if you skate in a more upright position a longer stick is more suitable.

Many experts believe you can find the right height of your hockey stick if it touches your chin or your chest when your hockey skates are on. However, hockey stick rules aren't set in stone…you need to find a hockey stick that is comfortable for your own personal style of play. Don't worry about all of the guidelines that you hear, use a stick that you are comfortable and productive with.

There are five hockey stick components that you should take into consideration when choosing the right one for your body and style of play. These are the height, weight, curve pattern, stiffness and lie of the stick. The height of your stick must be a personal decision, so should the weight of the stick, the amount of curve on the blade, the stiffness of the shaft and the lie of the stick. However, if you are new to the sport it would be wise to start off with a more conservative stick. If you find a stick that seems to be perfect for you in weight, stiffness, lie and curve pattern, but it is a little too long for you, don't be afraid to cut the shaft to a shorter length to suit you.

Goalies

Goaltenders must also make sure they are using the proper size hockey stick. Goalies have fewer options when choosing a stick as they are heavier and larger than regular sticks. Goalie sticks are made of wood and are usually reinforced by fiberglass or Kevlar. Most goalie sticks have polyurethane foam-injected paddles. Goalie sticks can be purchased with curved blades, so ensure the blade is to your liking. When searching for the right length stick a goalie may be better off cutting down the shaft to give him or her the exact length they need.

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