How to prolong the life of your stick

Composite Hockey Sticks
  • Stick tackles : Although legal in a game of hockey, stick tackles can cause damage to your stick and is best to avoid as much as possible.
  • Cloth tape : Your stick won't last forever but you can help delay deterioration with some strategically placed stick/cloth tape. Simply tape the lower 4 inches of your stick, this can help protect your stick from the impact of other players, also known as ‘stick hacking’. Although ‘stick hacking’ is not illegal, it is not a part of a normal game of hockey and can damage your stick.
  • Chamois grips : A chamois grip can be used to put over your grip, this will allow you to grip the stick well in wet conditions (ideally you want to wet the chamois slightly before playing).
  • Chips/holes : If your stick has developed and small holes or chips, ideally you want to clean this out and fill with a resin glue and wrap with stick tape once dry.
  • Loose end caps : If your end cap ever becomes loose, it can be easily secured by removing the top area of the grip, removing the end cap, using a little glue to stick the end cap back on and regripping the stick.
  • Rattle/Rain sticks : It is possible for any stick to develop a rattle from the first use to months later, the stick is not broken but is actually a little piece(s) of composite material that has come off inside. This can be sorted by removing the end cap and taping the stick until the piece comes out, then the cap can be reattached.
  • Grips : If the grip on the stick is damaged, it is advisable to replace it, however once you have done so you may have to replace it on a regular basis as the original grip was put on in a factory environment.
  • Hoovering/Heel dragging : It is common that many players will drag/hoover their stick on the surface of the ground while running after the ball which will cause the heel of your stick to wear down quicker. If this sounds like you, this may be a habit that you may want to consider breaking out of. Most elite players will run with their stick in both hands and will lower their stick when needed to make contact with the ball.
Wooden Hockey Sticks
  • Grips : If the grip on the stick is damaged, it is advisable to replace it, however once you have done so you may have to replace it on a regular basis as the original grip was put on in a factory environment.
  • Splinters : Ensure that the head of your wooden stick is properly looked after, any splinters need to be removed and apply some stick tape over the area if required.