Each piece of indoor hockey equipment is important and should work together for the benefit of the player using them. The indoor hockey experience is undoubted ably better is you are using a light weight indoor stick compared to using your field hockey stick. Indoor hockey gloves are a necessity because of the nature of the game and the type of playing surfaces your hands will come in contact with. Indoor hockey gloves are for the left hand as this is the hand that leads in tackling.
Indoor field hockey sticks are much thinner and lighter than outdoor field hockey sticks. Since the game is played on a smaller, flat and hard surface, there are rules that do not allow players to drive the ball or have a backswing. Thus, there is no need for such a sturdy stick.
A major difference between a field hockey stick and an indoor stick is the weight – both are common in length, but an indoor stick is much thinner through the shaft and even the handle, and therefore is a lot lighter. Having such a light stick (and the ball is lighter, too) means that very fast dribbling and dragging is possible. There are no rules that forbid the use of outdoor sticks in the while playing inside, but you will quickly find that the bulkier trait of the outdoor equipment is clumsy to use with the smaller field and faster speeds.
Indoor sticks can be made from wood or composite fiberglass, with more experienced players choosing composite builds, which are constructed entirely of these man-made materials (carbon, aramid, kevlar, fibreglass combinations) because they tend to be durable on most indoor surfaces, provide additional power and precision touches. Composite builds come with a slightly higher price tag, but you will appreciate the extra money once you enjoy what they can do on the pitch.
Choosing the right size indoor stick is personal but what you can find is that because of the nature of the indoor game sometimes selecting a longer stick can have an on pitch advantage, especially in defence.
There is a huge range of customized sticks to choose from – whether it’s the size, weight, brand, price, specifications or even just the colour.
So what indoor sticks are on offer? Go Hockey News looks at three high end sticks.
Voodoo Ltd Unlimited Indoor EII
Comes in 36.5 – 37.5 – 38.5
The Voodoo x LTD Unlimited Indoor E11 hockey stick has been designed and constructed for true performance under pressure on the toughest indoor courts. Trusted by some of the world’s top indoor players, it incorporates a mid-to-low curve profile that delivers superior ball control through a high balance-point (lighter feel and quicker head speed), while not compromising an industry-leading power-to-weight ratio. This stick incorporates the latest design and state-of-the-art carbon fibre materials engineering, to ensure a high-performance result under any playing conditions. With this stick, you’ll take your indoor game to the next level, and enjoy playing with it.
Gryphon Taboo BS DII Indoor (17)
The Gryphon Taboo BS (Blue Steel) DII Indoor (17) indoor stick is a top level stick giving you absolute pure power and feel. The ultra-premium materials used in this stick give you the perfect power to weight ratio without losing out on the feel. It encourages you to hone your skills to the next level by providing feedback through your hand contact to help you become the best player you
can possibly be. This indoor stick excels itself in providing you with ultimate performance, a real raw feel and the trademark Gryphon high quality and power.
Mazon Black Magic V6 Indoor
The Mazon Black Magic V6 Indoor is designed for high level indoor hockey. Light and thin shape for quick skills and passing. Specially designed head to enhance trapping and indoor tackling. Built with only the finest carbon fibre materials available, this ultra-premium lay-up maximises power yet still yielding a great feel. The Mazon Black Magic V6 Indoor features an optimum face angle, to assist with quick release to the top corners over goalkeeper’s heads, while making flicking and passing on the move a breeze. A rumour is Mazon are working on a new top end indoor stick soon to be released.
Protection should be your first priority, but nothing is more frustrating than a pair of cumbersome indoor hockey gloves that are working against you as you try to perform indoor hockey skills. If your gloves are too big or too small they can keep you from having the necessary amount of mobility in the wrist and fingers, and sensitivity to the stick while you are performing with an indoor ball.
Selecting the glove for you is personal. This article is intended to educate and provide information on different gloves. What you chose will be your decider.
Indoor Hockey Glove Features
Choosing the ‘right for you’ indoor hockey gloves will come down to a few specific things (other than cost):
Nylon vs. Synthetic Leather Shells
Authentic leather is no longer typically used to construct indoor hockey gloves. Synthetic leather is a lighter, more durable alternative that doesn’t hold water and harden the way that authentic leather does. Synthetic leather shells are very durable and in some instances don’t tear quite as easily as gloves with a nylon shell. Nylon shells are usually a bit lighter and more breathable than synthetic leather shells, though. Many gloves, like the Mazon Indoor glove pictured below, are constructed with synthetic leather and nylon, taking advantage of the benefits that each material offers.
Padding Shapes and Divisions
Some indoor hockey gloves tend to have 2 to 4 horizontal pads that flex on the top of the hand and 2 pieces of padding in each finger which allow for ample flexibility in the joints of the second knuckles. Others indoor hockey gloves though, will have several pieces of variably shaped foam padding on the top of the hand and in the fingers that are inserted and divided in a way that allows for even more glove flexibility and overall hand movement. Consequently there is a preferential choice as to balancing anatomical feel and padding structure. It’s best to try on several different styles of hockey gloves in order to figure out which ones feel most comfortable on your hands.
Indoor Hockey Glove Palms
Hockey glove palms are generally constructed with one or two layers of material that feels like a cross between soft leather and suede. However there is a growing presence of palm less gloves for players looking for a natural feel on the indoor stick.
So what gloves are on offer? Go Hockey News looks at two proven indoor gloves
Gryphon Millenium Pro Glove
The left hand Gryphon Millennium Pro Players glove has a high-density foam/plastic construction that will make the heaviest blows feel like a brush. The palm-less design means you won’t loose that natural feeling and the breathable mesh outer keeps the sweat back. The Pro version features 5mm’s of extra padding across the glove, offering greater protection for those who play extra hard.
The High density foam (5mm’s thicker than the Millennium Glove) and plastic insert construction for advanced protection. General features are;
– Lightweight design
– Adjustable wrist strap
– Palmless set-up for a natural grip
– Breathable mesh outer
Mazon ProForce Indoor Glove
Mazon have sought the advice of international players from around the world (both outdoor and indoor) to ascertain expectations and features required in glove design while still managing complex indoor stick work.. Weight, comfort, manoeuvrability, flexibility and quality build are all criteria that went into designing the Mazon Indoor glove.
In comparison with the Gryphon Milenium indoor glove the Mazon glove is more chunky without losing any anatomical benefits. Also the palm is a leather palm.
Using Field Hockey Gloves
The question asked by new participants to indoor hockey is a field hockey glove suitable for indoor hockey. The simple answer is if it provides adequate protection for your hand and fingers then it is suitable. Some players do not like a full glove as it may restrict their ‘feel’ on the stick. In this case a minimalistic protection glove is sought. The choice is very individualistic.
These indoor sticks and gloves can be found at specialist hockey retail outlets like those below. Click on the banner.