Chances are you are using the wrong stick: factors to consider when selecting your next paddle


For most goalies and parents, knowing what the right stick is for you can be somewhat of a grey area. Having the proper stick can make a world of difference in performance. The paddle (larger part of the goal stick) size is too big or too small, curve, lie and even the type of material (wood, foam core, composite) can make a huge difference iyour game. Chances are if you are a young goalie, your stick is oversized and you need to consider the following.

General Sizing

The biggest misconseption and mistake most parents and young goalies make when sizing a stick is the mindset that a bigger paddle is better. We see too many goalies with sticks that are oversized, making it cumbersome and difficult to manipulate. The additinal size absolutely adds not benefit and shouldn't be a factor in sizing the proper stick. Think about the fact that a goalie could grow just under 3 feet from youth to adult yet the length of paddle only changes at most 5 inches over a lifetime.

Also, take into consideration that the majority of saves are executed in the butterfly. Forcing the hands, and therefor the distance between the top of the paddle and the ice to only be between 1' - 2'6". This stick angle is more conducive to a shorter paddle.

Below is a general sizing table.

Goalie Height

3'6" - 4'3" > 21" paddle

4'0" - 4'6" > 22" paddle

4'6" - 5'3" > 23" paddle

5'0" - 5'8" > 24" paddle

5'7" - 6'3" > 25"+ paddle