Bow Type

Bow Type

In field hockey, the "bow" of a stick refers to the curve from the handle to the head of the stick. Different types of bows offer varying benefits and are suitable for different styles of play. The three main types of bows are:

1. Mid Bow:

  • Curve Position: Around the midsection of the stick.

  • Curve Measurement: Typically around 20-25mm.

  • Pros:

    • Versatility: Suitable for all playing positions and ideal for beginners.

    • Control: Provides good control and balance for dribbling and passing.

    • Consistency: Offers a consistent feel, especially for hits.

  • Cons:

    • Lift Difficulty: Players may find it slightly harder to lift the ball compared to sticks with more extreme bows.

    • Adaptation: Advanced players looking for specialized sticks might need to adapt.

2. Low Bow:

  • Curve Position: Lower down the stick, closer to the head.

  • Curve Measurement: Typically around 24-25mm, but can be more.

  • Pros:

    • Lift & Aerial Skills: Easier to lift the ball and perform aerial skills like overhead passes.

    • Drag Flicking: Ideal for drag flicks and penalty corners due to the extra support in the motion.

    • Quick Handling: Allows for quick and dynamic handling of the ball.

  • Cons:

    • Control Difficulty: Can be challenging to control and master, especially for beginners.

    • Consistency in Hitting: Some players may find it harder to maintain consistency in hits.

3. Extra Low Bow (Late Bow/Pro Bow/Drag Flick Bow):

  • Curve Position: Very low on the stick, extremely close to the head.

  • Curve Measurement: Typically over 25mm.

  • Pros:

    • Advanced Skills: Designed for advanced players looking to maximize aerial and 3D skills.

    • Enhanced Drag Flicks: Provides additional support and leverage for powerful drag flicks.

    • Dynamic Play: Suitable for dynamic play and quick maneuvers.

  • Cons:

    • Steep Learning Curve: Can be difficult to handle and requires time to master.

    • Less Versatile: Not as versatile as the regular bow and may not be suitable for all playing positions.


Choosing the right bow type depends on the player’s skill level, playing position, and personal preference. While a regular bow offers versatility and control, making it suitable for beginners and all-round players, low bows and extra low bows are tailored for advanced players seeking to enhance specific skills, such as drag flicks and aerial passes. Before deciding, players should consider their style of play and test different sticks to find the one that feels the most comfortable and enhances their performance on the field.

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