Buying your ice hockey stick should be carefully planned if you want to score a number in the game. Choosing the right hockey stick depends on the type of game you play. Not just the game, but your position in hockey also plays a key role. Along with this, you must choose the stick that gives you the maximum comfort and grip while playing.
Here are a few of the things to consider that you must take care of while buying your hockey stick:
- Kick Point
Flex in a hockey stick tells how much a hockey stick’s shaft bends. Kick point describes the place where the rod bends maximum during hitting and passing of the puck. It is essential to check the kick point because choosing the wrong kick point stick can harm your performance. Kick point should be your focus in picking the right bar for your game. There are three kick points—Low, Mid, and Variable/Custom. Choose the flex and kick point according to your style of playing.
Traditionally the sticks were made from wood, but nowadays, manufacturers are enhancing the features of the post by making it from composite materials. Manufacturers and designers have successfully designed improved hockey sticks to provide more flexibility, durability in less weight. The shaft of the post can be shaped from corners and sides to offer a different level of comfort and feel in gripping. The stick designers are still working on the improved version of the composite sticks for better performance in passing and shooting the puck. Ask the store owner for the latest shaft designs and materials.
- Blade Pattern
Hockey sticks have three blade patterns/curves that control the puck’s movement: toe curve, mid-heel curve, and the mid curve. Variations in the shape, angle, and size of the blade affect the puck’s handling and thus overall performance. The bend in the edge is important for the type and position of the player on the rink. A defensive player will shoot low and hard, so a slight curve would be beneficial, while a deep angle is better for more snapshots. Choose the blade pattern according to your style of action. It is your personal preference what blade type you will be comfortable in and accommodates your style of play.
- Overall Stick Length
It is easy to pick the right length of the stick for your game. The stick length should come up to your nose when the toe of the post is placed between your feet (with skates on), and the shaft runs through your body parallelly. Without skates, the post should come to your chin. The hockey stick can be shortened or added an extra plug to make it of the right size.
Well, last but not least, it is the most crucial factor while buying the stick. There is no right price for the perfectly right hockey stick, but everyone has their budget and should not exceed the limit. If you are an advanced player, you must choose the post that is light, durable, have the right blade pattern and material. Don’t compromise with the post if you are getting what suits your style. For others who are at a beginner’s level or play hockey as a hobby can buy a less expensive one. There is no need to invest a large amount if the frequency of your play is small. You can go for pre-loved or rented sticks if you can get it quickly.
Whichever type of hockey you play or your position in the game, you must check that the stick you are holding has the right grip, right curve, and right kick point to give you the best performance. Take time and guidance from your coach and elders to find the right features of your hockey stick for your game.