There are several things to consider when purchasing a stick; Length, Weight, Skill Level, Composition, and the Bow (or bend) of a stick are all features that impact your performance. A perfectly selected field hockey stick will compliment your skills and truly elevates your game. So where to start?
It is important to have the correct size stick to execute both basic and advanced skills. The length can be the deciding factor in completing a pass, making a tackle…or making a mistake. A defensive player or midfielder may prefer a longer stick in order to drive the ball further, and an offensive player might select a shorter stick for better handling and control. Sticks can range from 28” – 37.5” or more. Typically, the stick should come up to the top of your hip bone.
Below are some basic height/size guidelines:
4′ & Under
4’1″ – 4’3″
4’4″ – 4’6″
4’7″ – 5′
5’1″ – 5’3″
5’10” & Over
The majority of our field hockey sticks come as large as 37.5″.
Field Hockey sticks range in weight from 535 grams to 560 grams. The appropriate weight of the stick typically depends on personal preference, however there are advantages to both a lighter stick and a heavier stick.
Light Weight (535g-545g) A light stick allows for quick wrist movement, making it easier to have a quick backswing and stick skills. It also helps with a flawless reception.
Heavy Weight (550g-560g) A heavier stick can aid in adding more power to your hits, while making the overall stick more durable.
We have 4 different skill levels for sticks: Elite, Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner.
Beginner: The best for the basics! Harrow Beginner sticks are perfect learning tools for first time players focusing on control and fundamental skills. Recommended for players 10 years old or younger who have been playing for one year or less.
Intermediate: The best ticket to the next level. Harrow Intermediate sticks continue to focus on control but introduce a key element of power to elevate your game. Recommended for players 10-13 years old with 1-2 years of playing experience.
Advanced: The best of both worlds. Harrow Advanced Sticks offer an even balance of power and control helping players continuously improve their skills. Recommended for players 13+ years old with 2+ years of experience.
Elite: The best of the best! Elite sticks are recommended for highly skilled players that desire power paired with precision. Typically boasting higher carbon content, Elite sticks are the most powerful. Recommended for players 15+ years old with 3+ years of experience.
The most popular materials used in a stick are Carbon, Fiberglass, Wood, and Aramid. Each Component creates different effects in the stick.
Carbon: Carbon adds stiffness and power to a field hockey stick. Put simply, the higher the carbon percentage translated to the greater the power output.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass is used as a reinforcing material to add durability and strength. Fiberglass can also add an element of power when used by itself, but when used in combination with carbon it works as a reinforcement.
Wood: Wood is the least stiff of all the materials, it adds an element of flexibility and forgiveness in the stick, allowing for clean receptions without needing as much technical skill. Wooden sticks are a great tool to learn on.
Extreme Low Bow: 24.75mm is ideal for drag flicking, aerial and sweeping skills. Elite players will utilize the stick shape to increase speed and accuracy for those specialized skills.
Low Bow: 24mm is popular for every position on the field. The shape increases ball control and makes aerial skills easier without affecting hitting technique.
Classic Bow: 22mm is our standard curve that maximizes control and power.