If you're new to the sport of field hockey, you may be wondering what the difference is between outdoor and indoor sticks.

After all, they both look pretty similar, right? WRONG. Choosing the wrong stick can mean the difference between winning and losing (or, in my case, between looking like a complete idiot on the field).

Outdoor sticks

Outdoor sticks are typically thicker and heavier than indoor sticks, which helps the player drag the ball around the field. These sticks also have a wider head, which is great for playing on long grass. However, the extra weight can make them difficult to control, and they're not ideal for quick, short passes.

Indoor sticks

Indoor sticks are lighter and more flexible, which makes them easier to control. The stick's narrow toe and thin shaft keep the game moving. This is ideal for small fields and fast-paced play. However, the lack of weight can make it difficult to generate power when hitting the ball.

Field Hockey Sticks FAQ

What is the difference between indoor and outdoor hockey sticks?

Indoor hockey sticks are typically shorter and lighter than outdoor sticks, with a smaller blade. They are designed for use on smooth, artificial surfaces.

Outdoor hockey sticks are usually longer and heavier, with a larger blade. They are designed for use on rougher, natural surfaces.

Can you use an outdoor field hockey stick indoors?

You can use an outdoor field hockey stick indoors, but it is not recommended. The stick will wear down faster and the ball will not bounce as well on indoor surfaces.

How do you pick a field hockey stick?

There are a few things to consider when picking a field hockey stick. First, think about your level of experience. If you're just starting out, you'll want a stick that's lightweight and easy to control. 

How tall should a field hockey stick be?

A field hockey stick should be tall enough to reach the player's hip when the player is standing on the ground. The player's hand should be able to grip the stick at the top, with the thumb and first two fingers wrapped around the stick.

What are field hockey sticks made of?

Field hockey sticks are made of wood, fiberglass, graphite, or carbon fiber. They have a curved blade at the end that is used to hit the ball.


So, which type of stick should you use? The answer is: it depends. If you're playing on a long grass field, you'll want an outdoor stick. If you're playing on a smaller, indoor court, you'll want an indoor stick. And if you're like me and can't seem to get the hang of either one, then maybe it's time to consider a different sport entirely... Sorry, I couldn't resist. ;-)

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