Difference Between Indoor And Outdoor Hockey Sticks

Difference Between Indoor And Outdoor Hockey Sticks

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Hockey sticks are designed for either outdoor hockey or the indoor version of the sport. So, it can be confusing what the difference is between the two types of hockey sticks.

We here at Total-Hockey have made this hopefully easy-to-read blog explaining the differences between indoor and outdoor hockey sticks! So, without any further ado, let us dive right in and check them out.

Indoor Hockey Stick Characteristics

Indoor hockey sticks look the same as outdoor hockey sticks, with the most significant difference being that indoor hockey sticks are much thinner than outdoor hockey sticks.

Indoor Hockey Sticks are designed and developed to be much thinner due to the rules of indoor hockey. The regulations stating you cannot hit the hockey ball during indoor hockey have made indoor hockey sticks thinner to stop players from hitting the ball. If you tried to hit the ball with an Indoor Hockey Stick, the head of the stick would fly off!

Indoor Hockey Stick Bends

Indoor hockey sticks will share the accurate bends and bows as outdoor hockey sticks. Due to indoor hockey sticks’ thinness, lower bends and bows will appear much bigger!

Most people will play with mid and low-bow indoor sticks due to the rules of indoor hockey restricting the ball from going in the air. Indoor hockey sticks with the extreme low bow are designed for players that drag flick from short corners to the exaggerated late bend due to the thinner nature of the indoor hockey stick.

Indoor Hockey Stick Composition

Indoor hockey sticks are made from various materials similar to outdoor hockey sticks. Here are the two most popular variants of indoor hockey sticks.

Wooden Indoor Sticks

These are very common for players of all levels to play with because wooden sticks stay nice and soft, giving you far more control and feel of the ball, which is perfect for indoor hockey!

Composite Indoor Sticks

These range from 0 - 100% Carbon; with more carbon in the stick, the stiffer it becomes. We have found that indoor sticks with the higher carbon lose their touch with the thinner profile indoor sticks.

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Too Long To Read, Summary

  • The biggest visual difference between indoor and outdoor hockey sticks is the thinness of indoor hockey sticks over outdoor sticks.
  • Indoor hockey sticks are made so thin due to the indoor hockey rule of no hitting of the hockey ball.
  • The most common bends/bows of indoor sticks is the Low and Mid Bow due to the indoor rule of the ball having to stay flat on the ground during open play.
  • The Extreme Low Bow indoor sticks are for players that are drag flicking during PC's. This is because the bend is enhanced due to the thin profile of the indoor stick.
  • Wooden Indoor Sticks are made for players of any level due to the soft touch and feel, which is ideal for indoor hockey.
  • Composite Indoor Sticks are made for players that want the feel of outdoor hockey stick.
  • We would always recommend if you want a composite indoor stick to go for low carbon again to keep as much touch and feel within the stick as possible. Remember: You can't hit the ball for indoor hockey, so the carbon can't help generate the power!

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