By altering the mix of reinforcing materials, manufacturers
of both wood and composite sticks are able to produce
sticks with varying degrees of stiffness. This mix of
materials specifies the shock absorption qualities,
feel and power of a particular model produced. In effect
manufacturers produce a wide range of models to suit
a range of players and abilities by varying this mix
of reinforcing materials.
Advanced players in general prefer a stiffer stick
for increased power.
We suggest that less advanced players should look for
a less rigid stick. This will ensure better ball control
and shock absorption. The nature of the materials used
in the construction of sticks these days means there
is no longer the distinction between the heavy defenders
stick and light attackers stick. With the low weight
of composite materials, stiff powerful sticks can be
produced that are light and can help speed up reactions
and assist in flicking.
||Carbon: Stiffness & Power
||Kevlar: Shock Absorbtion, Vibration
||Fibreglass: Strength, Durability &
||Ceramic: Strength and Vibration Reduction.