The bend or bow in the stick is something you can learn to play with. The more you play with it the better you will become. Think about how you play the game, and how you want to play the game in the future when deciding what sort of bow to look for.
Isn’t a hockey stick just a straight piece of wood!? Nope!
You’ve got low bows, mid bows, mega low bows and everything in between!
So what does it all mean?
Mid bow - this is probably the closest to the straight stick you may be thinking of. This tends to suit beginners in particular as the basic skills can be learnt and applied easily. Receiving and giving passes will generally be easier, as will shooting. Great for beginners.
Low Bow - The position of the bend in the stick is vital. For people who are looking to drag flick and lift the ball overhead in a long distance a low bow is very helpful. But this makes other skills harder, hitting and stopping the ball can become more difficult. The more acute the bend the harder reverse stick striking becomes. Great for experienced players.
Ultra Low Bow - Often reserved for the most skillful of players this is will aid “3D” skills, wherey the ball is played below knee height but off the ground while dribbling. It is great for drag flicks and lifting the ball long distances but stopping and hitting become even harder. Great for goalscorers and advanced players.
Ultimately the bend or bow in the stick is something you can learn to play with. The more you play with it the better you will become. In store you can try the sticks out and ask for advice. Think about how you play the game, and how you want to play the game in the future when deciding what sort of bow to look for.
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!