The field hockey stick you select can have a significant impact on how well you perform. The correct stick will fit naturally in your hands, offer the ideal amount of control, and inspire confidence in your ability to perform at your best. Size is one of the most crucial aspects to take into account when selecting a field hockey stick. In this blog post, we'll go over some advice for choosing the right field hockey stick size and offer a handy table guide to help with the process.
To begin, it is critical to understand that field hockey sticks are measured in inches and typically range from 28 to 38 inches being the largest commonly available in the market. The size you require is determined by your height and personal preferences. As a general rule, the longer the stick, the taller you are. However, this is not always the case, and it is critical to try on out various sizes to determine which one feels the most comfortable for you and fits your unique style of play.
The Scientific Approach
Field hockey sticks come in various sizes, so it's essential to determine which one is right for you. Players can use either the U.S. or Dutch measurement method.
- Using the U.S. method, you measure beginning at your side and reaching where the stick touches your waist. The top must be two inches below your waistline.
- If using the Dutch method, you hold the head of the stick under your armpit and let it fall until it reaches your kneecap. These lengths vary from between 28” to 38 “
The More Popular Approach
Many of us don't have the luxury of being able to compare all the different lengths of sticks to establish the right one for the method above. Instead, you can refer to the table below as a general rule of thumb when choosing the right sized stick. On average, this method has proven to be very effective and has become a popular choice for players.
Hockey Stick Size Guide (Junior & Adults)
|Player Height||Stick Length|
|4ft and under||28 Inch Sticks|
|4ft 1" to 4ft 3"||30 Inch Sticks|
|4ft 4" to 4ft 6"||32 Inch Sticks|
|4ft 7" to 5ft||34 Inch Sticks|
|5ft 1" to 5ft 3"||35 to 35.5 Inch Sticks|
|5ft 4" to 5ft 9"||36 to 36.5 Inch Sticks|
|5ft 10" to 6ft||
37 to 37.5 Inch Sticks
|6ft 1 and upwards||
38.5 Inch sticks
The Personal Approach
Despite the methods above, players may have personal preferences on stick length for different styles of play. In short, it all comes down to what feels comfortable for you as a player!
How play style & position can impact stick length
As previously mentioned, another factor that can significantly impact your stick length preference is your play style and position. First, let's talk about play style.
Play Style: Your play style is unique to you on the pitch, which is why it's important to consider rather than simply buying the same length hockey stick as everyone else. Play style essentially is all about what kind of skills, passes and tackles you personally use the most. For example, if you love a jab tackle, a popular choice would be to opt for a longer stick that may help to have extra reach. In contrast, if you love to dribble up the pitch and the weight of your stick is of a high priority, a shorter stick may save you a few grams for that lighter feel! (As well as using a high carbon fibre stick).
Position: Playing position on the pitch is also something to consider when talking about hockey stick sizing. Normally defenders tend to opt for slightly longer sticks, as the added reach can aid in tackles. However, this really does come down to personal preference at the end of the day.
Field hockey sticks were once made only of wood, but now they are made predominantly of two materials—carbon fibre and fibreglass. When choosing your field hockey stick, it is essential to understand what each material offers.
Carbon fibre is powerful and robust, so a high carbon percentage is recommended for advanced and professional players.
Fibreglass adds durability, power and touch, and it is also lighter and cheaper than carbon fibre. Its design caters specifically to young, new or developing players.
Aramid/Kevlar absorbs vibrations when striking or receiving a ball. This is why if you use a 95% carbon fibre stick, you might feel less vibrations than a 100% carbon stick.
While modern wooden sticks still exist, the wood is wrapped in fibreglass to add strength and power. Wooden sticks are inexpensive and are excellent for beginner players, not looking to spend much money.
Does Price Matter?
Many players often wonder if the more expensive sticks from the big brands are actually worth it or not. The most important thing to watch out for is carbon fibre content. For example, a 95% carbon stick from one brand is going to be almost exactly the same as a 95% carbon stick from another.
In short, there's really not much different between a £300+ stick compared to one of the more affordable premium brands that charge £150-200 for a stick.
Choosing the right hockey stick size is an important decision, and it can make a huge difference in your performance on the pitch. The size of your stick should be based on your height and playing style, and it's important to try out different sizes to determine which one feels the most comfortable for you. We hope this guide has been helpful in helping you choose the right size for you!
If you're interested in finding out which type of hockey stick suits your play style best, why not take our 60 second online stick quiz? It applies to both adult and junior hockey sticks.
Rival Hockey offer a large selection of senior and junior sticks & equipment available for purchase exclusively online. If you're in the UK, you can even benefit from next day delivery on orders, including the ability to return your stick for a full refund if you don't love it! (Yes you can even use it first before returning within 30 days).