First of all, which sticks are right handed sticks vs. left handed sticks?
- If you hold your hockey stick with your left hand on top of the stick and the right hand down the stick, then you are a right handed shooter.
- If you use the hockey stick with your right hand on top and your left hand down the stick then you are in a left handed configuration.
- Just remember that the bottom hand dictates which handed stick you are using (ex: left hand down means left handed stick)
Here are photos of the blade of a left handed stick (on the left, of course) and the second photo is of a right handed stick.
If you are just starting out, should you use a right hand or left hand hockey stick?
There isn’t an automatic answer to this question. Just because you are right hand dominate doesn’t mean you should be using a right handed stick.
Hockey guru Sean Skinner has a short video that talks through deciding to go left handed or right handed. Summarizing his advise:
- The top hand needs to be the strongest, most coordinated hand.
- Playing with your dominate hand on top of the stick gives you more control with stick handling and slap shots.
- The bottom hand is involved with toe control and the wrist shot.
The bottom line is that you should play in the configuration that feels best to you.
Written by Greg at Hockey Stick Expert