Which Stick Should I Buy to My Son For 2012 and 2013 Season ?
With the upcoming Christmas what would be a better gift than a nice ice hockey stick? Now, you have probably done your search and found that there are so many options. In the last couple weeks we have reviewed all of the top hockey sticks so you can make your selection better. Remember, you can send us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should I buy a wooden or composite ice hockey stick?
The traditionalists will disagree with me, but to me, this is an easy question. Wood sticks offer only one benefit over their composite brethren: puck feel, and even this is not an opinion shared by all players (including this reviewer!). While it is true that a composite stick will most likely be more expensive, there are some very cheap composite sticks out there. If you aren’t picky, you can get older model sticks on closeout from many online websites or your local shop, and get a very good price, sometimes even lower than the price of a comparable wood stick! Your lower end composite sticks will be heavier and more comparable to a wood stick, as more material gives a more familiar feeling. As for puck feel, wood sticks do feel different than composite, but in your high end sticks, like the Easton S19 or CCM U+ CL, the puck feel is incredible. For a final bit of food for thought, look at the professionals. All sticks are free to them, so they can have their pick of what they want to use. Almost every player in the NHL uses a fully composite stick, with less than 20 players still using wood sticks or wood blades on a two piece stick. If you can afford it, go with the composite stick. They will usually perform better and last longer than wood sticks and with technology improving and composite stick prices dropping, you don’t need to spend a million bucks to get a good stick!
My son is a beginner or junior player, which stick should I buy?
Junior players and beginners usually start off with a wooden stick as opposed to a composite stick. It is usually easier for beginning or not that advanced players to “feel” the stick – wooden stick is usually less stiff which makes stick handling quite challenging. However, you have probably already learned that what does not kill you will make you stronger : )
What size ice hockey stick should I buy to my son?
The size of the stick depends on his weight as well as your son’s technique. A short stick is better for stick handling but can hurt his back. Longer stick is not that good for stick handling and can hurt him. Some players choose to play with a longer stick if they prefer to stand straight and have longer reach. A hockey stick needs to fit properly, have the right curve, and match body size and body type. Beginning players do not need a fancy stick, what they need is a stick that is the right length for them and something with a straight or slightly curved blade. The general rule for fitting is that with skates on, the player’s stick (when held upright in front of the body with the tip of the blade on the floor) should reach to the chin or just under the chin.
In terms of the type of play, a shorter stick allows for better puck control and may be preferred by forwards. A slightly longer stick may be better for defensemen allowing them to reach farther to hit the puck. Incorrect stick size makes it difficult to maneuver. Some players buy a slightly longer stick so they can cut it down to the perfect size.
And finally couple of supporting articles for you
Which composite sticks are best? Look at this article that we have just finished.