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HOW TO CHOOSE THE IDEAL HOCKEY STICK FOR YOURSELF?

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE IDEAL HOCKEY STICK FOR YOURSELF?

Besides your own talent, your hockey stick is your most valuable asset on the field. It not only compliments your skills, but also contributes to your performance by allowing you to execute outstandingly, come game time. XSL Hockey recognizes just how important finding the right stick is for every hockey player and that's why we've put together this manual to help you choose the right Hockey stick for yourself.

In order to make your choice, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which head shape would best suit my playing style? • What bow/bend would best suit my playing style? • What stick composition would best suit my playing style? • What level of hockey do I play? • What stick size would best suit me?
  • 2. WHAT BOW/BEND WOULD BEST, SUIT MY PLAYING STYLE?

    Being advanced and futuristic, all our composite sticks have a bow in the shaft, meaning the stick bends slightly from the handle to the head. Sticks bows can range from 20 mm up to 25mm. Bow choice should depend on preference, age, and skill level.


    Understand the three types of bows we offer to get a better idea of which stick is right for your


    Description Mid Bow) Measures around 20 - 22mm. Highest point of the bend falls in the middle section of the stick, quite far from the head. - Ideal for a well-rounded performance, or for beginners - Assists ball control - Assists advanced manoeuvre’s I, Late Bow k-----Measures around 22-24mm. Highest point of the bend moves towards one end of the stick, closer to the head. - Ideal for advanced players - Allows for dynamic control - Allows for competitive level makeovers - Provides extra power when lifting the ball "a “Extra Late Bow Measures around 24-25mm. Highest point of the bend moves towards one end of the stick, closest to the head. - Ideal for elite level players - Extra assistance while drag flicking - Extra assistance when lifting the ball and performing aerials _

    3. WHAT STICK COMPOSITION WOULD BEST SUIT MY PLAYING STYLE?

    While we still offer solid wood sticks, our modern and higher-level sticks are composite. Varying levels of composites alter the performance, weight, power, and stiffness of a stick, as well as its price. To make sure you're getting the right stick for your skill level and needs, it's important to know what each material offers, and what it is designed for

  • Carbon: Carbon content can run as high as 90% of a stick's make-up, although even a 50% carbon stick is still going to give you elite-level power. Carbon-heavy sticks are inherently less forgiving than other materials, and require greater Skill to manoeuvre and wield. Sticks with more carbon content are recommended for advanced and elite-level players.
  • fiberglass: Found in almost every composite field hockey stick on the market, in some level, fiberglass adds durability, power, and feel to a stick. Similar in nature to carbon, but more economical, fiberglass delivers the feel of a high-end, high-performance stick without the high price tag. Fiberglass sticks also tend to be lighter, and less rigid than carbon Heavy sticks, making them more forgiving and better designed for young, new, or developing players.
  • Kevlar: Meant to dampen and absorb vibrations sent through the stick when striking and receiving balls, Kevlar is a great balancing material found in many field hockey sticks.
  • Wood: Most modern wooden sticks are wrapped in fiberglass, carbon and Kevlar to add strength and power. Known for their natural feel and solid control, as well as their lower price tag, modern wooden sticks are great for young and developing players.
  • XSL also offers some other materials like the 3K Carbon Weave on its Elite range for that added power, and an improved feel area on its Elite range heads for controllability.


    4. WHAT LEVEL OF HOCKEY DO I PLAY?

    The key thing to know is that the most expensive stick is not necessarily the best hockey stick for you. If you are just starting out in field hockey, or still learning the game, you may not be helping yourself by buying the most expensive stick.

    This is because, typically, the more expensive hockey sticks have high carbon content, making them pretty powerful, but also really stiff. This stiffness and power makes it a lot harder to stop the ball, control it, and manoeuvre it on the field.

    More affordable hockey sticks are usually constructed with either wood or fiberglass material that deliver a less rigid and less powerful stick. These sticks make it easier to stop the ball at the head, and control the ball across the field. In this way, those sticks are much more forgiving for younger and developing players.

    At the end of the day, if you are just starting out in field hockey, look for a more affordable, more forgiving field hockey stick. Once you start playing, you will begin to understand which stick works best for you, and you can move on to more expensive, more advanced level sticks.


    5. WHAT STICK SIZE WOULD BEST SUIT ME?

    XSL Hockey sticks come in a wide range of lengths, to fit any size or age player on the field. Ranging from about 28" to 38" long, field hockey stick length can drastically affect your game and your comfort on the field.

    For instance, a stick that is too long will be clunky and difficult to manoeuvre, and may limit your agility on the field. On the other hand, a stick that's too short may not let you get enough power behind your shots and passes, limiting your range on the field.

    See a height chart for choosing the right stick for yourself below. This chart should be taken as a guideline only. Player preference and playing style has much to do with the ideal length of the stick. A defensive player or a midfield player may prefer a longer stick to provide more reach and hitting power to clear out the defensive zone. Offensive players may use a shorter stick for more aggressive stick handling and control.

    If you're stuck between two lengths (for example, 35" or 36"), you should consider your position: 1. On defence, a longer tick is useful to provide a longer reach and to allow the player to drive the ball further. 2. On offense, a shorter stick improves a player’s stick handling skills.

    STICK LENGTH GUIDE

    Stick Length Height 28" 4'0" & under 30" 32° .34° 4'7"-50" 35° 36"A6.5" 37"/37.5" 38" 510" & up

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