Stick Sizing Specifics

Height, weight, curve, lie and flex

Hockey Stick Height

Stick height is the key aspect of everyone'shockey sticks, as players find it's hard to handle oversized or undersized sticks. Most come in two sizes, junior hockey sticks and senior hockey sticks. Junior sticks are approximately 46 - 54 inches long and senior sticks are usually between 56 - 63 inches long. Most forwards prefer a shorter stick as it allows them to stickhandle in close quarters and lets them raise the puck quickly when close to the net. Defensemen generally prefer longer sticks, giving them a better reach for poke checking. A longer hockey stick size will also keep a defenseman's shot low from the point. Hockey Players who skate in a more upright position should use a longer stick while players who skate hunched over should use a shorter one. It's a matter of preference, but buying a longer stick is the best option, if you are unsure, as you can always cut the hockey stick shaft down.

Hockey Stick Weight

The weight of your stick is important as you need to maneuver it into position quickly. You don't want to be lugging around a stick that is too heavy, this is especially important for children. A lighter stick allows you to shoot and pass quicker. A heavier stick is better suited for defensemen who check with their sticks more often. Wood sticks are heavier than most of composite types. The Easton hockey sticks 2004 Synergy stick is advertised as the lightest stick in the world at 460 grams.

Hockey Stick Curve

Hockey Sticks are identified by the curves of their blades and are either labeled left, right or straight. Sticks are curved at either the heel, toe or middle of the blade. A curved blade may help you raise the puck higher and faster, but they make backhand passing and shooting a little more difficult.

Hockey Stick Lie

The hockey stick lie is the angle between the blade and the shaft. Each lie is two degrees in angle. A 5 lie is 45 degrees and a 6 lie is 47 degrees. Each degree brings the shaft forward 1.25 inches. Lower lie angle sticks are good for players who skate low to the ice and carry the puck out in front of them. Higher lies are for players who skate upright and carry the puck close to their skates. If only the toe or the heel of your blade is touching the ice then you are using the wrong lie. You want the whole blade on the ice and for the blade to wear evenly. Many sticks on the market are now made with a universal lie, meaning they are all made the same.

Hockey Stick Flex

The stiffness of the hockey stick's shaft is called the flex. The higher the number is, the stiffer the shaft. A stiffer shaft is more useful for bigger and stronger players as well as defensemen. Forwards generally use a more flexible shaft. You need more strength to flex a stiffer shaft, so keep in mind a stiff shaft isn't advisable for young children.

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