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Field Hockey Stick FH530
Designed for intermediate adult players looking for the superior handling of a low bow combined with the limited rigidity of a low carbon % (30%)

Korok adult field hockey stick is perfect for perfecting your hockey skills

A photo of the Field Hockey Stick FH530 in use

Control

A low bow gives more controlled dribbling, push passing and 3D skills than a mid

Power

The low bow gives you more powerful passing than a mid bow

ball touch

Semi-rigid stick to improve accuracy

Ease of handling

Low bow 24 mm/250 mm and 390 mm balance for easier 3D play

Vibration dampening

The 30% carbon provides less vibration dampening

Ergonomic grip

Comfortable perforated PU grip, handle diameter of 30 mm

Robustness

The 30% carbon provides more durability


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Composition

Shaft

  • 65% Glass - Fiber
  • 5% Aramid
  • 30% Carbon

Grip

  • 100% Polyurethane

Bow and weight

Low bow; bow position: 250 mm; bow height: 24 mm; Weight: 546 g +/- 20 g in size 36.5"; balance: 390 mm for 36.5"

Detailed description

Japanese 12 K 800 Tex carbon fibre (Toho Tenex) and 1080 Tex fibreglass. Hollow twin channel structure. Aramid in the head. Slimmer shaft for improved grip and handling. 45° head for manoeuvrability. Slimmer head and toe for manoeuvrability. 1 mm polyethylene ethylene-vinyl acetate (PE-EVA) foam under the grip to dampen vibrations. Perforated polyurethane (PU) grip (1.8 mm thick) for good grip. Handle length: 42 cm.

Detailed description (continued)

Total handle diameter 31 mm. Shaft width and length at 47 cm from tip: 3.7 cm/10 cm.

Approved by our athletes

Jill Boon [ex-captain and 302 caps on the Belgian national team, Olympian (London 2012), player for the Brussels Royal Racing Club (Belgium)]; Berta Bonastre [player for the Spanish national team, bronze medallist at the 2018 World Cup and 2019 European champion, Olympian (Rio 2016), on her way to Tokyo 2021 and player for Club Egara (Spain)],

Approved by our athletes (continued)

Thomas Briels [captain of the Belgian national team, triple Olympian (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016), Olympic vice-champion in Rio and on his way to Tokyo 2021, 2018 world champion, 2019 European champion, captain of Oranje-Rood (Netherlands)] and Victor Charlet [captain of the French team, player on the Waterloo Ducks (Belgium), 2018 World Cup].

What materials are hockey sticks made from?

While hockey sticks were traditionally made from wood (oak, mulberry), today most sticks (and especially the most technical) are made from composites (fibreglass, carbon fibre and aramid fibre; Kevlar is the brand name of a type of aramid). Sticks can be made of 100% wood, wood with fibreglass or carbon reinforcements, 100% fibreglass, or fibreglass with a greater and greater % of carbon

What materials are hockey sticks made from? (cont.)

(often with 5-10% aramid when the carbon % is very high).

Features and uses

Fibreglass is harder and more rigid, lightweight and abrasion resistant than wood. It will give you more power but less control and a greater feeling of hardness. Carbon is lighter and more rigid still, providing even greater power and less control if your technical skills aren't at a high level. Aramid is used in addition to carbon in the shaft to dampen vibrations. It may also be used in the heel for increased abrasion resistance.

How is a composite stick made?

A stick made of composites is made of several sheets of fibre rolled around a hollow core, which is made of one or more channels. The mix of components, the number of fibre layers and the core structure vary in the different sections of the stick and from one stick to another. The percentage of carbon alone does not tell you very much about a stick's features.

Choosing the right composition

Children just learning to play should opt for wooden sticks. As they improve, they can switch to a fibreglass stick and later to a stick with a reasonable percentage of carbon. Adult beginners can start out with a fibreglass stick. Adults at an intermediate or advanced level should choose a carbon percentage that corresponds to their playing style (their desired balance between control and power).

What is the bow on a stick?

A hockey stick is not straight but rather has a curve (called the bow). The curve varies by its maximum height (the maximum vertical space between a stick set on a flat surface and that surface) and the place where this height is at its maximum, measured from the tip of the head (called the bow position).

What is the bow on a stick? (cont.)

Traditionally, sticks had a bow height of around 15 mm and a bow position around halfway up the stick.

Types of bows

A "standard bow" is when the bow height is around 17 mm to 20 mm and the bow position is at 300 mm. A "mid bow" stick generally has a bow height of around 23 mm to 24 mm with a bow position at 300 mm. For a "low bow" stick, these measurements are usually 24 mm to 25 mm and 250 mm. An "extra low bow" stick will be 24 mm to 25 mm and 200 mm.

Fih curvature standard

According to International Hockey Federation (FIH) rules, a field hockey stick should have a bow position of at least 200 mm while the bow height is limited to 25 mm.

Choosing the right bow

Beginners should choose a standard bow. Intermediate or advanced players looking mainly for ball control, passing and shooting should choose a mid bow. Advanced players who dribble a lot and have strong 3D skills and perfect control during quick play can go for a low bow stick. For drag flicking, choose an extra low bow.

Stick weights

Most adult sticks (sizes 36.5"-37.5") weigh between 520 g and 580 g. Children's sticks start at 400 g. Stick weights may vary by 20 g to 30 g even for the same model due to manufacturing processes.

Fih weight standard

According to FIH rules, the maximum stick weight for field hockey is 737 g. Most adult sticks (sizes 36.5"-37.5") weigh between 520 g and 580 g. Children's sticks start at 400 g. Stick weights may vary by 20 g to 30 g even for the same model due to manufacturing processes.

Why is balance important?

For sticks of equal weight, the way the weight is distributed across the stick is what makes the difference. The balance is the stick's centre of gravity as measured from the tip of the head. A balance closer to the handle will feel light. This makes handling easier. A balance closer to the head (called head heavy) will feel like there's more weight in the hands. This increases the stick's power.

Choosing the right weight and balance

If you need manoeuvrability, choose a lightweight stick with a higher balance. If you're looking for power, choose a heavy stick with a lower balance.

Which size?

Stick sizes are given in inches. 1" = 2.54 cm. For adults, the standard size is 36.5". Certain sticks are available in 37.5" and 38.5" for greater reach and increased power. They are for very advanced players. A player over 1.80 m tall may also choose a 37.5" or 38.5" stick, but they should make sure the other characteristics (composition, bow, etc.) are suited to their level.

Fih size standard

According to FIH rules, a field hockey stick may not be longer than 41" (105 cm).

General advice for choosing a stick

The right stick is one with the right size, composition (an internal structure), bow, weight and balance for you.

Designer

This stick was co-designed by our product development team made up of passionate hockey players (product managers, designers, engineers, garment designers, stylists, prototype and lab technicians, Jill Boon, Berta Bonastre, Thomas Briels and Victor Charlet), players in our partner clubs or from our community, specialists in R&D and the Decathlon composite materials industrial process, and one of the two main manufacturers of sticks in the world.

Information

The information here was provided by the manufacturer or observed by our teams from samples received from the manufacturer.

Segmentation

adult/intermediate/lowbow/20-39%carbon

Sizes

36.5 | 37.5 |

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