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FIELD HOCKEY STICKS
Long gone are the days you would find most field hockey sticks made of wood. Sticks are made of wood, carbon, kevlar, fibreglass and there are constantly new innovations.
Wood - basic field hockey sticks, and most for children as they begin are made out of wood. Many are reinforced with carbon fibre but the bulk of the stick is wooden. This makes the stick softer on the hands when you receive and pass the ball but reduces power when striking. They tend to be a lot cheaper and a good place to start out when you first take up the game. Great for beginners.
Fireglass - Found in mid-range sticks you get more power than wood, without losing much comfort. Often the amount of fibreglass will vary from 30-70% in a midrange stick. Great for developing players, often as a second stick once you settle into the sport.
Carbon - the theory goes that the more carbon you have the more power you are transferring into the ball. This is true, but carbon isn’t everything. The higher the carbon element the harder it is to control the ball at speed. That’s why our top stick is not 100% carbon. In fact, very few field hockey sticks are genuinely 100% carbon. A full carbon stick has a shorter life expectancy but you will see increased power as the payoff. Great for more experienced players and those looking to do a high volume of striking.
Kevlar & Aramite - These are used as reinforcement elements for sticks. They are becoming less and less common in terms of a priority for players.
When making a decision on what composition to use consider how confident you are in your skills and what you want to do with your next stick. The more carbon the harder you can hit the ball, but the more skillful you need to be.