For hockey goalies, stick choice is not a decision to be taken lightly. But with so many sticks available on the market today, it can be overwhelming to figure out which stick is best. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you find the perfect stick for you.
Types of goalie sticks
Composites have grown in popularity amongst goalies in the last decade or so for several reasons. Most are made from a blend of carbon fiber and graphite, making them lightweight, durable, and resistant to moisture damage. Looking to scoop one of these without emptying the bank? SidelineSwap has both used and new composite twigs starting as low as $50.
If your worst nightmare is a broken stick, you’d be smart to invest in a wooden goalie stick. Wooden blades, despite their heaviness, are always a good choice for those who value sticks that last and have the best overall feel on the puck.
Foam Core Sticks:
If you’re still stuck somewhere in the middle between woods and composites, a foam core stick may be the move for you. Lined with thin wood and packed with foam, this type of stick maintains its lightweight feel while still handling the puck with the responsiveness and durability of your typical wooden stick.
Like everything in hockey, preference is key. At the professional level, many players prefer sticks that don’t follow traditional length and curve guidelines. If you’re not quite at Jonathan Quick’s level yet, it’s best to follow certain rules when picking out your next stick. A good starting point for any aspiring tendy is to find a stick that, when placed on its toe, reaches somewhere between your chin and the tip of your nose. If you have to, go longer than you prefer and cut the shaft down accordingly.
Curve Types and Lie
Goalies have a history of playing by their own rules. With curves, it’s no different. In goalie-terms, a "right handed stick" is known as a regular stick. "Left handed sticks" are referred to as full right sticks.
Curves are generally not as widespread amongst goalie sticks as they are with conventional sticks. While a straighter blade will allow you to stop and settle shots with greater control, many goalies reach for twigs with a slight mid or heel curve to give them increased loft when playing the puck down ice. If you’re just starting out, keep the blade simple and straight.
The lie of the hockey stick is the angle between the blade of the stick and the shaft. Youth and Junior goalie sticks usually have a lie number around 11 or 12, while intermediate and senior sticks are closer to 13-15. Consider yourself on the shorter side? Go for a stick with a smaller lie number to ensure that the stick’s blade lies evenly and centered on the ice. if you're on the taller side, go with a higher lie.
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