When you walk into your favourite sports store and head straight for the hockey stick section – what awaits is a line of brightly coloured sticks in different shapes, and lengths! We take a look at our sponsor, Grays Hockey’s range of sticks and who they are best suited to.
Wondering how Grays Hockey test their range of sticks so that they are practical? Here’s some interesting information about their testing processes.
- Players (international and club) from one of England’s top universities conduct hitting tests with the full range of sticks.
- Each hit is filmed at 400 frames per second – measuring swing speed and deflection speed of the ball after impact.
- All this information is used to determine the stick’s rigidity.
- Another test that is performed is to fire hockey balls at a stick in a laboratory. The rebound of the ball with the stick head is used to gauge ball receiving capability.
Grays Hockey have three ranges of “stick technology” which focus on specific areas of skill.
- Kinetic Range
- Key skills: balance and agility.
- Material: Graphene reinforcement, polyurethane foam, and twin tube carbon fibre.
- Geocentric Core Technology – placed at the centre of the stick for an even distribution of weight and balance.
- Advantages: Lightweight, agile pickup, powerful, stable and durable.
- Target: Fast-paced 3D styles of play.
- Graphene Range
- Key skills: Power and feel.
- Material: Graphene composite matrix.
- Advantages: Powerful, strong, light and durable.
- Target: Powerful shooting.
- Xtreme Range
- Key skills: Playability and durability.
- Material: Composite mixture.
- Advantages: Balance between power and control.
- Target: Junior players and those looking for a universal stick.
Keep a lookout for our next blog post on Grays Hockey stick shapes!