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Hockey Sticks: An Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best

Hockey Sticks An Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best

Are you a hockey player searching for the perfect hockey stick to improve your performance? A good hockey stick can greatly affect a player’s shot accuracy, power, and overall performance on the ice.

This guide will cover everything you need to know about the best hockey sticks. From materials and blade curves to choosing the right length and flex, I’ve got you covered. 

The Importance of Choosing the Right Hockey Stick

Before I dive into the specifics, let’s talk about why choosing the right hockey stick is so important. Your stick is an extension of your body on the ice. It affects your passing, shooting, and stickhandling abilities.

A poorly fitting or inappropriate stick can lead to missed passes, inaccurate shots, and a lack of control on the ice. Choosing the right hockey stick can greatly improve your game and help you become a better player.

1. Hockey Stick Materials

Hockey Stick Materials

The material of sticks greatly affects its performance. There are three main materials to choose from for the best hockey sticks:


Wooden sticks are the oldest hockey sticks and were once the most popular. While some junior players still use them, most have switched to composite sticks. Wooden sticks are heavier than composite sticks and tend to break more easily. However, they are generally cheaper than composite sticks.


Composite ice hockey sticks are made from a composite material, a combination of carbon fiber and graphite. They are lighter than wooden sticks and are more durable. They also have a better feel and allow for more flex. Composite sticks are the world’s most popular type of hockey sticks professional players use.


Hybrid, hockey sticks are a combination of wood and composite materials. They offer a balance between the durability of composite sticks and the feel of wooden sticks. Hybrid composite hockey sticks are an excellent option for younger players.

2. Blade Curves

The curve of your stick blade can significantly affect your shot accuracy and power. There are several types of blade curves to choose from:

Mid Curve

A mid curve is a common blade curve that is great for both shooting and stickhandling. It has a slight curve that starts in the middle of the blade and extends to the toe.

Heel Curve

A heel curve is best for players and forwards who take a lot of slap shots. It has a curve that starts at the heel and extends to the toe, allowing for more power, speed and accuracy on slap shots.

Toe Curve

A toe curve is best for players who take a lot of wrist shots. It has a curve that starts at the toe and extends to the middle of the blade, allowing for more control and accuracy on wrist shots.

3. Length and Flex

Choosing the right length and flex of your hockey sticks is crucial for your performance on the ice. A stick that is too long or stiff can lead to missed passes and inaccurate shots.


The length of your stick should be based on your height. Most hockey players choose a stick that comes up to their chin while wearing skates. However, some players prefer a longer or shorter stick, depending on their position and playing style.


The flex of your stick is determined by how much the stick bends when pressure is applied. A lower flex number stick is stiffer and requires more force to bend, whereas a higher flex number stick is more flexible and requires less force to bend. Choosing the perfect stick with the right flex depends on your playing style, weight and strength.

Which Hockey Stick Is Right for Me?

Choosing the best hockey stick can make a big difference in your game. There are two main types of hockey sticks: wood and composite stick.

Wood sticks are less expensive but heavier, while composite sticks are lighter and more durable. The length of your stick should be decided by your height and playing style, with taller players needing longer sticks and shorter players needing shorter sticks.

The flexibility of your stick also affects your game. Stiffer sticks offer more control, while more flexible sticks offer more power. The curve of your blade should be chosen based on your position and playing style. A deeper curve provides more power, while a flatter curve offers more accuracy.

To care for your stick, avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures and keep it clean and dry after each use. Store it in a cool, dry place and avoid over-taping it, which can add unnecessary weight. With the right stick and proper care, you can improve your game and take your skills to the next level.

I discuss in-depth about the types of sticks, the right material to choose etc., in another blog. Check it out. 


Good choice of hockey sticks can improve your game and help you become a better player. Consider the materials, blade curve, length, and flex when choosing a new hockey stick. And remember to take good care of your ice hockey stick to make it last as long as possible.

Happy playing!

FAQs About Hockey Sticks

How often should I replace my hockey stick?

Well, it depends on how often you play and how well you take care of it. On average, a hockey stick lasts 6-8 months for players who play several times weekly. However, if you take good care of your stick and don’t play as often, it could last much longer.

Can I cut my hockey stick?

Yes, you can cut your ice hockey stick to make it shorter. However, be careful not to cut off too much, as this can affect the flex of the stick.

What is the best way to take care of my hockey stick?

Keep your stick in a dry area and avoid leaving it in extreme temperatures. Always tape the blade before use to protect it from wear and tear. And, of course, avoid slamming it on the ice or boards in frustration!

Should I choose a one-piece or two-piece hockey stick?

One-piece sticks are made from a single material and are generally lighter and more responsive. Two-piece sticks have a separate blade and shaft and can be easier to replace if the blade breaks. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.

What is the difference between a low kick and a high kick stick?

A low kick stick has a flex point closer to the blade, which allows for a more grip, quicker release on shots and more accuracy on wrist shots. A high kick stick has a flex point closer to the grip and middle of the shaft, allowing more power on slap shots.

How do I choose the right curve for my stick?

The best way to choose a curve is to try different types and see which one feels most comfortable. Consider your position, playing style, and the types of shots you take most often.