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11-28-2010, 09:16 PM
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Beginners Stick?

So I've started watching hockey about three years ago and have fallen in love with the sport. Recently I've started to practice skating (have gone twice, still terrible but am making good progress). For Christmas I'm going to get a shooting pad, some pucks and such to practice shooting and stick handling.

What I want to ask if what would you recommend for my first hockey stick? Also, how do you determine what would be a good length for you? (A trial and error approach?)

I want to use a Right Handed stick, held both and the one where my right hand is lower felt much more natural.

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Anything wood.. helps build muscle on you shooting technique. also has a good feel for the puck.. also very cheap and durable
As for length it should fit between your chin and your nose when you are on your skates

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Stick length is a somewhat controversial subject, the sort of conventional wisdom is that a stick for ice hockey should come up to somewhere between your nose and chin in bare feet, but theres a large group of people (including many NHL forwards) who use significantly shorter sticks, more like at your adams apple in shoes/shoulder height in skates. This:
a) Encourages proper knee bend/"athletic stance" when playing, while an overly long stick will encourage you to stand up straight, your knees should always be bent whenever you have the puck (whether skating hard, dekeing, shooting, etc.)
b) Allows you to really get your weight over the puck for maximum power in your shots, with a real long stick you're just sort of chopping at a puck that's far away from your body and that takes away from your power
c) Most importantly, it lets you stick handle properly, when stick handling your top hand should be somewhat in front of your body to allow a full range of motion, like this:


Not sort of trapped on your hip, limiting your range of motion, so you can't move your hand across your body, which is how you'll see a lot of lower level players stick handling. This is a pretty good article on stick length written by a former NHL player/coach/broadcaster (Howie Meeker):
http://www.cuthockeysticks.com/

There are of course defensive defensemen who will use real long sticks, but it hurts your stick handling and your shooting, and if you're just learning the sport it's something that will impede your progress IMO. I'd say start off with a stick cut to just below your mouth in shoes, make sure you're getting a good knee bend when playing/practicing, and if you feel like you could go shorter with your stick cut off about 1/2" at a time, not ever going too much shorter than your adams apple in shoes/shoulders on skates.

As for what kind of stick to use, I say start off with a cheap wood stick, this way if you end up cutting it too short or breaking it or whatever it's not a big deal, later you can upgrade to a composite. A Sherwood 5030 with a Coffey curve is probably a good place to start, it's a good (if somewhat easy to break) wood stick with a pretty standard mid curve. You will not get much benefit out of a composite stick at all until you're quite experienced, may as well just get a wood stick for cheap so you can play around with stick length, see if you like a mid curve, not be too choked if you break it taking slap shots with poor form, etc.

One last thing, use Renfrew tape for your stick, I've tried other tapes and Renfrew is by far the best. A nice thick, sturdy tape, not like 3M tape that is all thin and sticky and just not very good.

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Short answer: A Sherwood 5030 with a mild curve.

Long answer: Everything you ever wanted to know about hockey sticks

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Easton classic

http://stores.hockeyguys.com/-strse-...ick/Detail.bok


have you figured out if you shoot left or right yet?

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Short answer: A Sherwood 5030 with a mild curve.

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Sherwood 5030 is a pretty good bet.

I saw an Easton S1 stick, Sakic curve in my local sports store for around 40-50 bucks. Was definitely thinking of picking it up just to have it if I need it.

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my first stick was the CCM Vector one wood stick with the Ovechkin curve loved it the shaft never broke but I nplay inline an the blade wore down after a couple months but a great stick love it plus it's on $13

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I'm new to hockey too, and I agree with the others to just go cheap at first. You still need to figure out what works for you, and you don't want to make the experimentation cost any more than it has to. As for length, my advice is to not cut it too short right away like I did.

You should come join the Noob thread!
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=831857

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Short answer: A Sherwood 5030 with a mild curve.
Agreed, definitely start with a Sherwood 5030. When you're ready to switch to composite, go with something cheap so you can experiment with various flexes, curves and lies. If you don't know what those things are, make sure you look them up before you buy something expensive.

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Easton Classic or a Sherwood 5030, can't go wrong either way. I'd recommend starting out with an Intermediate for the lower flex. It's more forgiving for shooting until you get used to the motions.

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I would go for a two piece stick. This way, you can try a few different patterns once you get confortable with your sitck without having to buy a new stick everytime.

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Easton Classic or a Sherwood 5030, can't go wrong either way. I'd recommend starting out with an Intermediate for the lower flex. It's more forgiving for shooting until you get used to the motions.
Where do you find those sticks in intermediate?

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Where do you find those sticks in intermediate?
I've found the Easton Classic Int just about everywhere here.

Haven't been able to find a Sherwood 5030 in intermediate though, but I keep looking. They do have them listed on the Sherwood website.

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Sher-Wood 5030's are great. If you had to go composite, I like the Bauer Vapour X:20. Lighter than a 5030, and not too blade heavy like other cheap one-piece sticks. I didn't have much trouble switching from a 5030 to an X:20.

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Where do you find those sticks in intermediate?
You will probably need to go to a larger pro shop to find a suitable one. Good luck in your endeavors.

To determine if you are a righty or lefty, hold each stick-one at a time- with only your top hand and try to stickhandle a golf ball. The more comfortable side will be determined by which of your hands is dominant. Your dominant hand will be your TOP hand.

Have fun!!

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