How to buy a hockey stick

Choosing a hockey stick is second in importance only to your skates. A good stick will provide great "feel" while handling the puck.
1. Note that hockey sticks are made of wood, graphite or a composite of wood and fiberglass.
2. Consider that replacement will eventually become an issue. Wood sticks are much cheaper (£20 to £30, as opposed between £30 and £90), but when they wear out or break, the entire stick needs to be replaced. With the other types of sticks, you can just replace the blade, which comes in all types of shapes and sizes, depending on your style of play.
3. Understand that all of the sticks' shafts will have different amounts of "give" to them and that every player will have a different opinion about how much flex is just right. Generally, younger players need more flex, and older, stronger players need less.
4. Buy the right size. When you're standing in shoes, your stick should come at least to your nose. As a rule of thumb, a shorter stick allows an offensive player more control of the puck, and a longer stick enables a defensive player to reach out and check more easily.
5. Know your correct "lie," which is the angle of the blade to the stick. When you're in the ready position, there shouldn't be a gap between the ice and your blade.
Start with a wooden stick if you're a beginner. It will be much less expensive, and it will give you a chance to experiment before you get a more permanent shaft. Try the stick out in the store. Don't be afraid to test the flex out. Make sure you have two sticks if you're playing a real game, hockey sticks sometimes break.
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