Information on the head shapes of hockey sticks
Though there are generally just 3 main hockey stick head shapes (excluding the goalkeeper stick) each hockey stick brand has worked on developing slightly different features in the head shape of hockey sticks taking advantage of the technology and materials used in the manufacture of modern hockey sticks.
Being able to slightly curve the head or indent the zone between the shaft and the head of the hockey stick starts to add functionality for the hockey player such as better control when drag flicking or throwing aerial lobs up field.
The development in this area is ongoing and slightly differing features appear in hockey sticks coming out to the market and are all designed to suit certain hockey player styles and the roles they take in their playing positions. Our hockey stick reviews cover any particular nuances in head shape technology, you might particularly look out for the TK hockey sticks CWT Profile 1 & 2 which features the a for mentioned indent between the head and the shaft, the Kookaburra hockey stick ‘skill zone’ heads which help stopping the ball or the Grays hockey stick ‘scoop profile’ heads which help with 3D skills.
Each hockey stick across a brand can have different head technology so be sure to read the individual review of the hockey sticks carefully if a particular feature is of interest to you.
Interestingly the style of play in the modern game of hockey has driven the change in shape of the head of the hockey stick. When you watch hockey players these days they more often than not receive the ball while crouching in a low position and pass on with a low sweeping hit. This style favors the most common head shape, the maxi head;
The Maxi Head
The Maxi head shape is almost the standard now in hockey sticks currently, originally this design was developed to allow more control while playing on the offside of the hockey stick and inadvertently provided a number of other benefits. Because the head shape of the Maxi has the largest allowed surface area the ‘sweet spot’ is enlarged making successful hard hit shots and passes more successful.
Another benefit of the Maxi head on hockey sticks is the more open curve which allows for certain hockey techniques which allow the player to trap the ball between the head and the shaft for skills like drag flicking and quick spinning turns.
The maxi head shape suits the needs of more than 90% of players around the world, both big club and international players and those, like me, who are local club players looking for any additional help with their hockey game!
The hook head
Remember how I said hockey players, often in the forward positions, still like to play more upright especially when receiving the ball on the run and shooting, well this requirement is heard by the hockey stick brands and the hook head is available to meet that need.
Much less widely available, probably because only a small percentage require it, the hook head is exactly as it sounds. The head of the stick curves much more rounded so the toe of the head is almost parallel with the hockey stick shaft. This suits controlling the ball with a much more upright stick but looses some of the benefits of the maxi heads open curve in which players like to trap the ball.
The head shape of the hockey stick is a big factor in finding the best hockey stick to suit your style of play although there are nuances to the head shape which probably have greater effect like the heads allowance for playing requirements such as aerial flicks and dragging the ball.
Within our hockey stick reviews we try to provide the most technical knowledge and the advantages of the leading hockey stick brands engineering around the head of the hockey stick.