If you’re not Sidney Crosby or Zdeno Chara (yet), it’s best to follow traditional guidelines when picking out your next stick. But how does one go about measuring a stick? Is it the length from the blade on the surface of the ice to your head, or from the toe to your chin? Here are some clarifying tips to help make sure your next stick is the right length for you.
What we cover
Any mass produced stick that you’ll come across today is likely available in three sizes: Adult, Intermediate, and Junior. If you’re in the adult range, a stick in the 60 inch ballpark will do the job. Intermediates are generally around 55 inches, and Juniors in the 46-54 inch range. If you’re an adult woman looking for a stick, our pros recommend either a flexible Senior or Intermediate model.
How To Measure a Stick
Once you understand sizes, you’re probably wondering: how do you actually figure out how to measure one of these things? Sticks are measured in one of two ways: either from the top of the shaft to the blade when it’s on its toe and against a wall, or from the top of the shaft straight to the heel.
Remember: if you’re measuring sticks in your street shoes, it’s going to feel about 3-4 inches shorter on the ice. A good rule of thumb is if your standing in your skates, your stick should fall somewhere between your chin and nose, in street shoes, somewhere closer to your nose. If you consider yourself a more advanced player who prefers certain lengths, a “shorter” stick will end around throat-height while a “longer” stick should hit your eyebrows.
Other Helpful Tips:
- Looking to save money by buying your kid a longer stick to grow into? Err on the side of a shorter stick. That way his/her skills won’t be impeded by an overly long stick. Extensions are a great back-up option if they’re growing like trees. You can always sell your old stick on SidelineSwap to offset the cost of a new one this year as well.
- For skill players: shorter sticks are better. More maneuverability and less weight.
- For average players: follow conventional sizing rules so that your stick can perform in all areas of the rink
- For defensemen: go longer than normal. Extra length equals extra wing span to block shots, check, and clog passing lanes.