Beginner field hockey players should choose a stick with a wood or fiberglass composition. Wood sticks will provide the most forgiving feel and the best touch on the ball, while fiberglass sticks also provide an excellent first touch with a lightweight feel. Having a flexible stick will help them learn the fundamentals, so they can get accustomed to trapping the ball without too much rebound off the stick. It should feature a larger hitting surface to help players get a touch on the ball. A maxi toe or hook head shape will offer you the largest surface area, ensuring you make great contact with the ball when trapping it or driving it down the field.
When choosing a stick, you must also consider the bow size and shape. It is recommended that a beginner player use a stick with a standard bow shape and no larger than 20 millimeters in size. This will help him or her learn the basics while maintaining excellent control over the ball. A larger size or later shape will more easily cause the ball to pop up in the air and earn yourself a dangerous play whistle. A standard bow is very versatile and can be used on offense or defense, making it the ideal stick shape for beginners who have yet to discover which will be the best position for them.