There are so many field hockey stick brands out there these days it’s hard to know what ones to trust. However Best Field Hockey Sticks have done research on this very question that is first of its kinds study to let you know what Brands really are the best. We compiled data from over 200 international field hockey players from over 8 different countries, to show what sticks really are the best. See the results below.
The graph above is a combination of professional players, both make and female from all countries in the study. The results clearly shows that Adidas are the most popular stick used by elite players at approximately 22%. The other standout from the study was Grays, with 16% of players preferring to use this brand. Other Top sticks were Gryphon, TK, OSAKA, OBO and Ritual. Along with showing the most popular sticks the graph above shows the range of brands that professional players are using, showing over 28 brands. This indicates that all these brands could be considered reliable however it is clear what ones are the higher performers. There is a reason that a lot of elite players use a particular brand and that is quality. From this graph we can clearly see what sticks can be trusted to perform under the pressure of international field hockey matches.
The next graph gives us more insight into what sticks are preferred by pro players as we split the data by gender, to see the best field hockey stick brand for females and male players.
This graph above shows how stick brand used differs by gender. With Adidas still being No.1 but second place being replaced by Gryphon for the female players instead of Grays. TK also bumping Gryphon from 3rd place for the male players.
See more info on these brands below.
Most people would know Adidas as the global sport shoe manufacturing giant, a less known fact however is that Adidas have in recent years got into Field hockey stick and equipment production. With its roots in Germany it makes sense that they got into field hockey as the sport is very popular in that part of Europe. Adidas are the stick of choice for many big international players as you would expect, they have also put a great effort into purpose designed field hockey shoes which are excellent. Adidas are staying up to speed with technology also proudly announcing the what they claim as the world’s first carbon braid stick, designed to give more power and strength to top level carbon sticks for players.
Adidas have created a great range of sticks to cover all prices and skill levels/positions. Download there latest Catalog below.
This field hockey stick brand has been been in the game since the 1940s and have been making excellent field hockey sticks. From humble beginnings in England, Grays now sponsors many professional players all over the globe.
Grays has been an innovator in field hockey stick technology since the beginning of the sport, being one of the first field hockey stick brands to produce a fully composite stick. One of their latest advancements in technology is the use of the Carbon Nano tube in their sticks. The tech has increased sticks energy transfer to the ball and strength while maintaining the a light weight.
Blade profiles, the size of the bow or curve of the stick and the position of the maximum bow point relative to the end of the stick.
PROBOW, JUMBOW, DYNABOW, MID-BOW, STANDARD
Grays also offers field hockey players different head shapes, the Hook, Micro and Maxi. The Hook shape offers the largest area for front side ball contact, good for trapping and straight backhand hits. Micro is a thin profile head great for 3D skills and drag flicking. The Maxi has a slightly thicker head and a good hitting sweet spot, also good for drag flicks.
The stick ranges are, Kinetic Range, GR or Graphene, GX Scoop Xtra and the Nano range.
They make the full range of field hockey products, including: stick bags, shoes, balls, goalie gear, shin pads, gloves and clothing.
To see specs and prices on Grays field hockey sticks click here.
Gryphon is one of the few field hockey stick brands that originated primarily as a hockey stick company; hence there is no surprise that they are a high quality stick manufacturer worldwide. Gryphon started off in Western Australia in the early 80s and has always been a player focused company that are constantly trying to improve their field hockey sticks and other equipment.
Gryphon have one of, if not the largest range of sticks for a field hockey stick brand, their range includes: Tour, Taboo, Chrome, Essentials, Initiation, Indoor and Goalie.
Tour is the top elite range from Gryphon field hockey for 2016. Sticks are built the highest quality materials and technology such as the Silicon Sleeve tech designed to give the player greater feel without compromising on power. Tour field hockey sticks are Gryphon’s stiffest, with a high powered composite lay-up.
The Taboo range by this quality field hockey stick brand is the next best professional stick line. Made with premium composite materials these sticks have a great feel and a great weight to power ratio.
Chrome range is a slightly less expensive option for competitive players. These sticks use Gryphon’s Power Integration System to maximize the power you get from the stick, as well as the Energy Reduction System to help reduce stick vibrations.
The Essentials range includes a great combination of different sticks for developing players looking to take their game to the next level. These field hockey sticks are very durable due to Gryphon’s Aramide Protection System meaning they will last a lot of play. I can attest to this fact as I used a Gryphon with the Aramide Protection system and its still going strong in good condition!
Gryphon also have a massive variety of different stick shapes to choose from within each rang, which are:
Classic Curve, Pro, Pro II, T-Bone, Deuce II, Samurai, Junior Elite Curve, Initiation Curve, Junior Initiation Curve, Junior Mega Curve, Sentinel Curve and Indoor curves.
Check out Gryphon’s Field Hockey Stick Shapes for more info.
Gryphon also has the largest range in Field Hockey Stick Bags so check some of these out. They also do all other types of field hockey equipment such as shoes, socks, goalie gear, shin pads, grip tape, apparel and much more. Gryphon stick prices and specs.
OSAKA are a relatively new brand on the field hockey stick scene, but have made a big splash into the game. Based in Europe they have work very hard not only on their stick technology but a lot on their styling, with the aim to create a brand that is fashionable as well as functional for hockey enthusiasts. This being the case they have one the largest clothing and accessory ranges among the field hockey brands.
As far as stick range goes they have a 1,2,3 and 4 series which are the basic range, 1 being 100% fiberglass with no carbon, 2 series having 50% carbon, 3 series with 70% carbon and the 4 series with 90 %, with options for bow type available in some and most being very light sticks between 540g to 570g. The OSAKA “Series” range heavily focuses on the look and styling of the stick as well as the construction. The elite range from OSAKA is the “PRO TOUR” a 100 % Japanese carbon stick with high power, coming in super light or just a light option which is almost 600 grams, these sticks are quite pricey but high quality.
This relatively new elite level band has sprung up out of the mind of Australian Nathaniel Nelson and is now is popular among many skilled international players. Ritual prides itself on simple quality designed sticks using Toray Japanese carbon and high denier rated carry gear. Ritual only have three main models for adult sticks and one for junior, the range is as follows:
Origin 95: Top of the line, 95% Carbon sticks, 5% Kevlar. Within this model there are 5 different variants to choose from, differing in thickness, weight, head angle, bow, balance etc, to help you choose the stick that best suits you.
Origin 75: The advanced but more affordable stick option here, 75% Carbon, 20% Fiberglass and 5% Kevlar. There are four sticks available in this range with pretty much the same technologies as the Origin 95 sticks, just not the same material composition.
Origin 45: This is more of an entry level stick range with not as much power as the 75 or 95 series, but the cheapest sticks. The five available sticks in this range all consist of 45 % Carbon, 5% Kevlar and 50% Fiberglass.
To see more of the range check out their range here.
Some interesting features of the Ritual stick design are, the square edge, this is quite different to traditional field hockey stick edges which are normally a semi circle going onto a flat face giving a single edge each side of the stick. The thinking behind this new design is to give players more control and power when using the side edge for hitting.
Atlas Field Hockey
This brand has been around for a while in field hockey and is well respected, with strong roots in Australia and New Zealand. This manufacturing giant has its sticks made in Taiwan and packaged in China it claims the largest stick producer in the world. Whats the range like? Well as you would expect the range is massive, so many options you could spend a whole day just reading though the list it seems. Atlas really do try to provide a stick option for everyone from, tiny tots to international pros. They have a massive price range too which is helpful when you need to keep the budget in mind. The main ranges however are the International, ZX, Junior, Indoor and Goalie.
Atlas pride themselves on options of curve design in their sticks allowing players to choose between 5 different shapes, see here for more info. One thing to note with atlas sticks however, although they have excellence performance, they are not rated as a particularly hard wearing stick and may not be the most durable in the competition. Also check out out Atlas ZX9000 stick review video which gives some more insight into the sticks.
Going by the company name of Princess Sports Gear they are Dutch based company who have recently got into the field hockey stick game as of 2011. Despite this they have quickly become a popular and trusted international field hockey stick brand for quality high performance sticks. Princess are the major sponsor for the Holland national team, but also sponsor other international players.
Their range consists of mainly 6 different “Star” sticks, the 2 start to 7 star. Starting from the 7 star each stick represents an amount of carbon composition. 7 star has 100% carbon making it a very stiff and powerful stick for elite players while the 2 star only has 10% carbon for beginning players and kids field hockey.
Apart from the star system you should also be aware that Princess mostly uses 5 different moulds, each have a slightly different shape, bow and weight which lets you get the stick that best suits. In general molds one and three tend to be lighter weight while mould 2, 5 and 9 are heavier.
The newest stick style from Princess field hockey is the Boostiq, which is quite unique. It has a specialized rubber insert in the face of the head and shaft, designed to reduce vibrations when trapping and hitting as well as giving the player more control.
Princess field hockey also do a small variety of other field hockey equipment, such as shoes, bags, grips, shin pads and apparel.
STX is a fair new brand to the field hockey world but not at all to other stick sports, particularly lacrosse. STX is an American brand based out of Maryland. It started producing lacrosse sticks for players in 1970 and has a been a world leader in lacrosse stick technology since. In recent years STX has stretched their expertise to field hockey and only produce composite sticks. STX field hockey sticks are now very popular around the world, sponsoring many famous international players.
Their sticks come in the following ranges:
- Surgeon, precision and control, best sticks for forwards and attackers.
- Stallion, designed for midfielders or more versatile players, evenly weighted and light sticks with great control.
- Hammer great stick for defensive players, the heaviest sticks but most powerful.
All the ranges Surgeon, Stallion and Hammer, have sticks for different levels of player, the 700s are the most elite field hockey sticks while the 100 and 50s are for beginners and kids.
STX are very proud of their Karakal grip which claims to be highly durable and very tacky or grippy in all playing conditions, rain, hair or sunshine.
STX field hockey also supply all the regular field hockey equipment, such as goalie gear, shin pads, helmets, field hockey bags and clothing.
Dita is one of the oldest field hockey stick brands and has been creating excellent field hockey sticks since 1891. From humble beginnings in Pakistan Dita transferred HQ to the home of hockey, the Netherlands in 1922. Since then the brand has grown to its huge international presence currently.
Dita sponsor players from the US national team, men and women’s, as well as some NCAA college teams and of course professional Dutch players too.
The Dita stick range, top end sticks can be found in the EXA NRT and Terra ranges.
EXA NRT (Nano Resin Tech) include Dita’s top elite sticks with the EXA NRT 700 being the most pricey with 95% carbon, right down to the EXA NRT 100 at 50% carbon.
Over all the range is suited for players who have minimal stick on stick contact but need max power, high stiffness, and a light weight feel. Technologies in these sticks are: X-Quad: This is a new tech that has woven carbon fibers to produce a lighter, stiffer and stronger stick. ISA System: Integrated Shock Absorbing System, explains itself and the SIP Zone or Side Impact Protection Zone making your stick more durable.
Dita’s TERRA range, great for competitive players looking for the ability to redirect the ball powerfully with slap shots, sweep and deflections. These sticks are cheaper than the EXA series with lower carbon content however they still have high power ratings and are more durable due to the greater fiber and Kevlar composition. Tech that these sticks feature are, RCT (Resin Carbon Tech). ISA System and SIP Zone. Over all great value for a youth field hockey stick or a competitive player.
Dita produce all field hockey gear, such bags, shoes apparel etc but do not do goalie equipment.
TK was founded by Thomas Kille (TK), a young German field hockey player, who started off by modifying blank sticks with reinforced materials in his basement then selling them to local players. The first official TK stick was sold in 1985. TK is now a large international field hockey brand constantly at the forefront of stick technology.
TK’s stick current outdoor stick range consists of, Platinum, Synergy, Trilium and Mulberry.
Platinum sticks are TK’s most elite and feature cutting edge technology. All sticks have been constructed with a high Carbon Nano tube configuration as well as Zero Glass fiber Rock Kevlar toe reinforcement. The two upper level Platinum sticks have a foam filled core, a new tech in field hockey aimed to drastically improve shock absorption. You can also see the use of DynanoTex Spread Roving technology has also been used on these sticks to improve their strength.
The Synergy range of field hockey sticks is for advanced or high level players, with a high carbon content. Featuring CSBR, Nano, VGT, CCM, CDT, IDS, SCM and CDT technologies amongst the various sticks.
The Trilium range is TK’s lower priced stick range, still high quality but without the technology and construction materials of the more expensive sticks. Great for beginners who don’t want to spend a fortune but still have a decent composite stick. All feature the RLP tech (Reactive Liquid Polymer) that gives sticks added durability.
Lastly the Mulberry range, as the name suggests it’s a wooden stick. For those who like that feel. High quality wood with some fiber reinforcement.
All the sticks come with a different bow, shape and composite composition so you can find the stick that is right for you. They also do all their sticks in a Junior Field Hockey range as well.
To see more TK’s stick technology http://www.tk-hockey.com/2014-2015/technology/sticks-technology/
OBO is a very unique brand, the New Zealand based company only produces field hockey equipment for goal keepers, making them a high quality specialist. They are the most expensive brand for sticks and goal keeper protective equipment but the design has had so many years behind it that you can rest assure it works, they also use very durable materials which means the gear tends to last. OBO do also offer a several different ranges for their sticks and their protective equipment.
This Dutch based field hockey company offers a great range of sticks, equipment and accessories to suit all players. The Brabo stick range can be seen below for kids and adults.
Brabos most recent development has been the addition of a new line of sticks into their elite range known as ‘Textreme” this is a lightweight high strength carbon fiber that allows greater performance out of there sticks, check it out on their website.
Established in 1992 the Mazon field hockey brand has become very successful and one of if not the most popular brand in Australia. As you would expect Mazon sponsor a range of international players, such as Casey Eastham, Matthew Swann and Kieran Govers, they also have a large presence in the Netherlands.
I will be honest and say when I first tried Mazon sticks back in juniors (late 90s) I wasn’t the biggest fan of the quality, however these days I think they have stepped it up a few notches and I would love a Mazon. The Black Magic sticks as they are excellent great feel and high quality!
Their current stick range is as follows:
Black Magic range, these are a high carbon composite stick that is both light and powerful for elite players. They have the technical features of Mazon’s latest innovations such as the THZ or Tomahawk Zone,TCZ (traction control zone), Reduction Vibration System (RVS) great for reduction shock in the handle, Kevlar Duo Zone, and high Torsion Stability. There are a variety of different options such as bow size and head shape within the range so check it out.
Fusion Range: These sticks I would say are still high level sticks but not so expensive. The top stick, the Fusion 7000 in this range has almost all the same features as some of the Black Magic’s sticks so worth looking into as they are great value for money.
Goal keeping: ProForce which is their high end elite sticks and the Z-Force range of sticks for goal keepers which is not quite as pricey.
Mazon do all the gear you would expect from a field hockey company, including; a large range of goalie protective equipment, shin pads, balls, stick bags and clothing.
Malik Field Hockey sticks is based in Germany and has been making quality sticks for some time now. Malik has over 40 years experience in hockey stick manufacturing makes this brand one of the finest in the world. They are a well-used international Field Hockey stick brand an sponsor many great international players, such as Kelly Jonker from the Netherlands, Sohail Abbas from Pakistan, Martin Zwicker and Jana Teschkefrom Germany, Delfina Marino from Argentina and many more. There is no doubt Malik is one of the best field hockey stick brands.
The Malik’s new adult stick range consists of 8 different Carbon-Tech outdoor sticks, with different curves such as the DC (dribble curve) and MC (multi-curve). These are Azul DC – elite stick 90% carbon for great ball control, Heat MC – ideal for drag flickers, Naranja DC – great ball acceleration, Fresh DC – great shock absorption and balance, Punk DC – 50% Carbon similar to the Fresh DC, Citrus DC – great striking and slapping stick, Mint DC – soft feel stick great for new players, RASP DC – same as mint but pink.
Voodoo has been a trusted brand in field hockey sticks for a while now (1996) and continues to manufacture world class sticks for players of all levels around the globe. Voodoo sponsor some of the best players from, USA, Australia, Germany and Dutch national teams. Maren Ford and Lauren Pfieffer are two elite players who use Voodoo as their stick of choice.
Voodoo have just released whole new range in this May for 2015-2016. Check it out below.
Paradox. is Voodoo’s elite stick range, these sticks have been constructed and designed for performance at the highest intensity with a high carbon content. Distinguishing features not found in the lower rang sticks are the Double Kevlar and double layer of the Twaron Aramide which is added to the hook of these sticks. This greatly enhances the durability of the stick on all surfaces. Sticks in this range include, LTD Unlimited, Unlimited V3, Unlimited, Punisher and Code Red.
Master Range from Voodoo boast a soft touch feel, carbon sleeve tech made of Twaron Aramide giving the excellent control to power ratio. These sticks also feature “Supa Light” which is a twin channel construction of the shaft. Includes Voodoo Dutch and Precision sticks.
Voodoo Star Range. This is Voodoos entry level sticks, they have a smaller amount of carbon compared to the high end Voodoo range sticks, however this means a soft touch as well as max control. Great for new players developing fundamental skills of the game. Includes, Voodoo Silver, Magic and Bambino sticks.
Voodoo Goalkeeping Range has two sticks, the 1 and 2. Interesting about these goal keeping sticks is that they both have quite high carbon content, making them light but also very bouncy for the ball.
Kookaburra Field Hockey
Kookaburra are an Australian based brand, most famous and prominent for their cricket bats, balls and accessories. Kookaburra has been around for over 100 years and has grown from a small Australian family sporting good business to one of the biggest names in cricket and field hockey around the world. Kookaburra are most famous in the field hockey scene for their balls, they are the official supplier of field hockey balls for all summer Olympic Games since 1956 and the field hockey world cup since 1984. But balls are not the only thing they do well, they have an extenssive range of field hockey sticks that cover beginners all the way through to elite players.