Long gone are the days you would find most field hockey sticks made of wood. Sticks are made of wood, carbon, kevlar, fibreglass, aramite and there are constantly new innovations.

Wood - basic 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 in to 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 fieldhockey sticks are genuinely 100% carbon. A full carbon stick has a shorter life expectancy but you will see increased power as the pay off. 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 skilful you need to be.
About the author

Simon Webb, UK Field Hockey Leader:

The Hockey Family is a concept I believe in whole heartedly. I’ve played hockey all over the world and the bond we share is unique. It’s a sport of respect, fun, athleticism and equality. I’ve been lucky to manage at international and national level, umpire regional competitive games and national league friendlies, volunteer in European and Olympic competitions, be a journalist & photographer.

By being part of the Decathlon Field Hockey Project I am so happy to help millions of people enjoy the sport I love and live! Nothing thrills me more than to hear stories of hockey so please get in contact!