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Hockey Stick Lie – Get Your Angles Right For Better Puck Control
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Hockey Stick Lie describes the angle of the blade in reference to the shaft.

Hockey Stick Lie Angle

A lie value of 5 corresponds to a 135° angle, and each additional increase lie value corresponds to a 2° smaller angle. Typical lie values range from 4 to 7 with most stock sticks near 5.5.

The Hockey Stick Lie Chart

Lie value Angle between shaft and blade

4

137°

5

135°

5.5

134°

6

133°

7

131°

Players usually seek a lie that will put their blade flat on the ice while they are in their typical skating stance. With the bottom of the blade flat on the ice, a higher lie value causes the shaft to stand up straighter.

Body Position (Hockey Stance) Impacts the Hockey Stick Lie:

Your hockey stance sets the height that you typically hold the stick at and that in turn affects the angle that the stick has in relation to the surface of the ice.

One way to understand how this works is to hold your hockey stick straight out in front of you in your top hand. While standing straight up, note how much of the blade is flat on the ground (mostly toe). Now squat into a deep knee bend and again note how much of the blade is flat on the ice (all heel).

Here are two diagrams that show this when a hockey stick of the same length is held low and held high.

Ice Hockey Stick - Low Height = Too Much Heel
Ice Hockey Stick - High Height = Too Much Toe

Hockey Stick Length Impacts Lie:

The length of your hockey stick will also have an impact on finding the correct lie.
If you start out with a stick that has the correct lie and then cut 4 inches off of it, it will bring the blade closer to you and your blade will be mostly on the toe. In this case your lie to too.
If you start out with a stick that has the correct lie and then add inches t it with a extension plug, it will push the blade father from you and your blade will be mostly on the heel. In this case your lie to high.

Lower Lie or Higher Lie?

A lower lie is best for skaters who lean forward closer to the ice or use a longer stick. Higher lies keep the puck closer to the body and are preferred by more upright skaters or skaters with shorter sticks.

Is Your Current Hockey Stick Lie Correct?

Look at the tape on the bottom of the blade of one of your well used sticks.
If most of the wear is on the heel, choose a lower lie.
If most of the wear is in the toe of the stick, you should choose a higher lie.
If the tape is evenly worn across the bottom of the blade then you have a good lie for you.

Blade Lie terms in the Hockey Stick Dictionary

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  • Blade Heel
  • Blade Lie
  • Blade Toe

Written by Greg at Hockey Stick Expert

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