There’s a lot of development that goes into making sporting equipment, and that is no different when making a floorball stick.
Like other sports floorball equipment varies in the technology, materials, and design used. In some cases, sticks are being designed to fit a players’ position and preference. As a result, there are number of options that players can choose from in regards to grip tape, shaft composition, flex, and how hard or soft the blade is. For beginners most of this information won’t mean much, because when you’re starting out you’re just learning basic skills and getting a feel for what might best suit your playing style.
As you begin to search for floorball sticks you’ll likely find any number of sticks with varying prices and functions. Beginner sticks tend to fall in a price range of about $30-50 and tend to have more flex in the shaft. This information can be found sometimes in the description of the stick (Salming 32, etc.). On the other end of the spectrum you’ll find professional level sticks fall in a price range of $150-230. What’s the difference and why would I spend that kind of money? The main reason to purchase a professional level stick is that it does provide an increase in performance. As you develop as a player you’ll begin to find what works for you and a professional level stick will help increase your skills and playing abilities. A professional level stick will also have a variety of options from stick flex, type of grip, and coupled with the right style of blade can make a positive impact in your game.
Other questions to answer prior to buying a stick is knowing what size you need. To size a stick, you’ll be looking for the end of the stick to fall around your belly. You don’t want the stick to be too tall or too short. and knowing if you’re a right or left handed shooter. Left handed shooter have their right hand furthest from the blade with the hook of the heel of the blade starting from left and the toe of the stick moving to the right. You can take things a step further and customize the amount of hook in your blade by heating, molding, and freezing the blade to your preferences. While you can create any amount of hook in your blade the International Floorball Federation restricts the amount a blade can hook for competitions.
There’s a lot of information out there on equipment and like many things purchases can come down to preference in a certain brand, certain look, feel, or and more complex understanding of knowing specifically what you’re looking for. If anything when you see a stick out there talk to people and ask them what they like and don’t like about the stick. If you’re lucky they’ll let you try it out. Either way get out there and keep playing.