Stick Length

Stick Length

Choosing the correct length of a field hockey stick is vital for optimal performance, control, and comfort. The length of the stick significantly affects your ability to dribble, hit, and control the ball. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the correct length:

Height Method:

  • Stand Upright: Stand upright and hold the stick vertically against your leg, with the hook on the ground.
  • Positioning: The top of the stick should reach between your hip and waist.
Comparison Chart:
  • Under 4’ - Stick Length: 26 inches
  • 4’ - 4’3” - Stick Length: 28 inches
  • 4’4” - 4’9” - Stick Length: 32 inches
  • 4’10” - 5’3” - Stick Length: 34 inches
  • 5’4” - 5’9” - Stick Length: 36 inches
  • 5’10” and over - Stick Length: 37-38 inches

Playing Position and Style:

  • Defenders: Defenders may prefer a longer stick to give them a better reach for tackles and interceptions.
  • Midfielders: Midfielders might opt for a medium-length stick, balancing between attack and defense requirements.
  • Forwards: Attacking players and forwards might choose a shorter stick for better control and maneuverability in the opponent's circle.

Comfort and Preference:

  • Feel: Above all, the stick should feel comfortable. If it feels awkward or unwieldy, it may not be the right length, even if it matches the recommendations.
  • Preference: Some experienced players develop a preference for a slightly longer or shorter stick based on their play style, so personal preference also plays a role.

Skill Level:

  • Beginners: New players should typically start with a stick that matches the recommended length for their height to develop proper technique.
  • Advanced Players: More experienced players might deviate from standard recommendations based on their playing style and position.


  • Dribbling Test: Dribble the ball with the stick. If the stick feels comfortable and manageable while dribbling, it’s a good sign.
  • Hitting Test: Try hitting the ball. If you can hit the ball comfortably and with control, it indicates a suitable stick length.

Consult a Coach or Expert:

  • Guidance: If you are unsure about the correct length, consulting a coach, experienced player, or an expert at a sports equipment store can provide valuable guidance.
  • Adjustments: They can suggest adjustments based on your playing style, position, and skill level.

Remember, while these guidelines provide a good starting point, the optimal stick length can vary depending on individual preferences, playing style, and position. It is always beneficial to physically test a few sticks before finalizing your decision.

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