Jamie Dwyer’s secret weapon? Tape near the heel of his hockey stick

This is interesting. At 1:46 mins into this youtube clip, Jamie Dwyer mentions that he puts a bit of tape near the heel of his stick. “I put a little bit of tape on my stick to get that softness of the feel, he says.

It’s across at a diagonal and I wanted to know more so I contacted Jamie Dwyer’s company JDH. A quick tweet did the trick along the lines ‘Wondering what sort of tape and what it’s for?’

Here’s the reply…

that is just medical strapping tape commonly used for injuries. It is placed just above the stick head for cushioning traps.

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Let me know if you’ve tried this – I’d like to know what you think about whether it works for you or not?

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How to choose and buy a new field hockey stick

Apologies in advance, but this post is going to be a work in progress. I need a new stick.  My much-loved Grays Jumbow Grays Jumbow gx10000 review has worn to the point where the hook area is reduced. Time for a new one. But, what oh what to buy when the choice is mindblowing!

Well, I’m definitely going to buy another Grays. I’ve tried TK and voodoo in the past and don’t really like them as much as Grays.

But with hindsight I now realise that my Jumbow is a specialist drag flicking stick –

http://www.grays-hockey.co.uk/stick-tech

Ahem, I’m not a drag flicker by trade so maybe I need a different stick this time.

So what does the super player Jamie Dwyer think about selecting a stick? He talks about stick selection on the above clip. He says…

  • Light sticks. The trend is towards light sticks these days. ‘Players want stiffer, lighter, thinner’ with some going for as light as 500g. Light sticks are best for ‘using skills easily’ so you can push and slap easily. But the disadvantage is that a light stick has a really small sweet spot making hitting more tricky.Trapping is also more difficult as with a light stick it can bounce off more easily. (Oh noooo I thought, I want a heavier stick).Easier for dribbling and 3D skills.
  • Heavy sticks. Bigger sweet spot, often best for defenders.Better for trapping the ball ‘with a heavier stick it just sticks to it.’
  • Bow. The lower the bow is to the head of the stick, the better it is for lifting, drag flicks and aerials, apparently. (Hence my jumbow). Jamie Dwyer favours a straighter standard bow stick, which is food for thought. He likes the balance point to be 41cm from the top of the hook.

Here’s what Team USA Katie O’Donnell says about choosing a stick – and she’s such a fantastic player she should know a thing or two about it!

Katie O’Donnell on choosing a stick

She says…

  • She likes a lighter stick because she plays in attack.
  • She likes carbon in her stick because it gives a harder hit. Although this makes the ball tend to bounce off your stick more so you need softer hands.
  • Traditional advice is to choose a hip-height stick, but she likes an inch longer.”That extra inch gives me an inch reach when I’m trying to steal a ball off a defender, or when I’m on the post it’s an extra inch to reach the ball and put it in the net.”
  • She doesn’t like a big bow (that’s how much the shaft of the stick bends) because she’s not a drag flicker. She’s injector so she likes a ball to fit in the toe- some are so hooked the ball won’t fit in there. I’m a tipper so most of the time a bow doesn’t make much difference.

Here’s a guide to looking at the different stick bows and what they can do for you…

http://www.hockeysticks.co.uk/hockey_stick_bow.htm

So maybe I should get  the Grays GR7000 Composite Hockey Stick – which is a straighter stick. The straighter sticks are cheaper than the drag flicking sticks too – why is that?

I’ve been happy with my Jumbow, but maybe I’d be even happier with a straighter, heavier stick. But I play a lot off my reverse stick and love backstick shots, which apparently the Jumbow is also good for. What to do? Any ideas or comments gratefully received…

Here’s what I’m looking for in a stick… probably impossible to find all in one product, but anyway in an ideal world!

  • Good for trapping and receiving the ball – probably my number one requirement.
  • Good for stick skills
  • Good for striking on goal
  • Good for reverse stick hits and backstick shots

Backhand shots. It looks to me as if the low bow, such as on my Gray’s Jumbow, and the adidas tx 24 are designed for harder hitting back hand shots. See the tweets from adidas hockey below, publicising the tx24…

As it stands at the moment I’m leaning towards going for the Grays Dynabow  Grays Dynabow not least because it’s used by one of my favourite women players in the whole world, Korea’s No 10 Park Mi Hyun.Park Mi Hyun I watched her do the most amazing backstick shot I have ever seen just in front of me, when Korea played New Zealand at the world cup in June this year. It was mind blowingly impressive. If she has that stick, I want to channel her backstick awesomeness and use one myself.

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