Choosing a Hockey Stick
Science of the Stick
At Kookaburra we’re rightly proud of our hockey stick range. Every piece of equipment is packed with the latest technological advances and cutting edge style. Designed by experts and perfected by players, Kookaburra enables you to hit the ball further, faster, harder while retaining more control than ever before. When it comes to selecting your ideal stick, there are no hard and fast rules – it comes down to personal preference, comfort, and style of play.
The bow on a stick refers to the amount of curvature along the playing surface, from the top of the handle to the base of the head. The position of the bow on a stick is used to assist with lifts, aerials, drag flicks, 3D skills and general control. The amount of bow is measured by placing the stick on a flat surface and finding the maximum distance between the surface and the playing area of the stick. For drag flicks, it is typically preferred to have a bow placed lower on the stick and more toward the head - check out our LBow models.
Is a high carbon content important for a hockey stick?
Power potential of a stick is enhanced by the percentage of carbon in it's composition as it generally provides better feel and strength (Carbon adds stiffness to the stick). Less carbon may allow a player to have more control and forgiveness when cushioning the ball. so trapping the ball may be easier. However, some players may prefer a more rigid stick as this increases the ability to use deflection to their advantage - the higher the carbon level the more powerful your stick will be.
Typically, Kookaburra recommend that beginner players start with a lower carbon stick before slowly working their way up as skill level increases.
Selecting the right length of stick is vitally important if all skills of hockey are to be developed and performed well. In general your height determines what length of stick you should use. A lot of players use sticks that are far too long - one of the main reasons being that it is seen as 'cool' to play with a senior stick. However using the wrong size will negatively affect the players performance, due to the length and mass not being balanced.