Hockey Sticks Guide: Price
The price of both wooden and composite hockey sticks is generally governed by the stick's cost of production which in turn is usually a reflection of the materials used to provide stiffness and strength and therefore hitting power. A simple rule of thumb is the more expensive a hockey stick is, the stiffer and more power it is capable of transferring into the ball.
There are some exceptions to this rule, special editions and specialist sticks which are likely to appeal to smaller numbers of player (e.g. drag flick sticks), which in turn will be produced in smaller numbers and as a result will incur a surcharge due to the lack of cost savings made when sticks are produced in higher quantities.
Wooden Hockey Stick Prices
With wooden sticks the quality of the wood used will not differ in quality throughout the price ranges. The increased prices will be a reflection of the reinforcement used. The guide below provides an example of the increasing levels of reinforcement and protection that manufacturers may offer on wooden sticks throughout their ranges.
- Fibreglass Strip(s)
- Fibreglass Wrap
- Double Fibreglass Wrap
- Fibreglass Wrap(s) and Kevlar Strip(s)
- Fibreglass and Kevlar Woven Sleeve
- Fibreglass, Kevlar and Carbon Fibre Woven Sleeve
At levels 5 & 6 the composition of the Woven Sleeve may vary, higher percentages of Kevlar and Carbon Fibre will result in increased costs and therefore prices.
On top of this manufacturers may place additional reinforcement in high risk areas on some hockey sticks in their ranges, such as additional shaft protection, resin coating and ceramic paint coatings, all of which create a strong, stiffer stick and result in a higher price.
Composite Hockey Stick Prices
The price of a composite hockey stick, although still dependent on the materials used to provide stiffness and strength, proves harder to specify exactly what levels of stiffness and strength you might expect at different price points, as this is very much at the discretion of the manufacturer and the characteristics they wish the product to offer. The entry level stick is most likely to have a much higher level of fibreglass or even plastic. As you then move into mid-range sticks you start to see the introduction of Kevlar and then Carbon Fibre in increasing proportions, with top of the range sticks having composite proportions of up to 90% Carbon Fibre, 10% Kevlar and no Fibreglass.
Manufacturers are not always happy to reveal the composition of a stick for fear of direct comparisons being made between brands on this basis. On the whole prices reflect the material content and structure of the stick.