5 Best Field Hockey Sticks For Forwards (… and 2 to Avoid)

As a forward you should consider a stick that is lighter in weight, has a smaller toe size and has power to it. My top choice for a forward is the Gryphon Striker Samurai.

But if you want to read my full breakdown as well as see some other options that might be a better fit for your specific needs, then keep reading…

Top Pick

1. Gryphon Striker Samurai

Great for forwards as it is amazing for aerial tricks and drag flicking.

This was a little bit tougher to choose, but I went with the Gryphon Striker Samurai Field Hockey Stick. This soft yet powerful stick is a great choice for more advanced or elite players.

It is made up of Carbon, Kevlar, and Fiberglass.  If you are a beginner or only have been playing for a short while, this stick may be tougher to learn on.

The striker samurai is extremely powerful and has an extreme late bow. The late bow and the groove of the stick make it great with drag flicking. The Gryphon is amazing for aerial tricks. 

Runner Up
Osaka Field Hockey Stick Pro Tour 40 2.0 - Pro Bow | Iconic Black

2. Osaka Pro Tour 40 Pro Bow

A stick focused on 3D ball control, flicking and shooting.

The Osaka Pro Tour 40 is another really good option for a forward. It is made up of 40% Carbon, 55% Fiberglass, 3% Kevlar, 2% Aramid and has a low bow shape.

It is a good stick for those who play a more modern technical style. The Design is focused on 3D ball control, flicking and shooting. This stick is good for aerials and drag flicking, as well as dynamic ball movement.

Budget Pick
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3. STX RX 101 Composite

A lightweight stick that allows for speed and 3D skills while not breaking the bank.

STX is a well known and trusted brand. They continue to put out sticks every year. The RX 101 Composite is a good choice for forwards on a budget. This stick is 90 % fiberglass and 10 % carbon. It has a low bow of 250 mm and a thin toe.

This combination allows for the maximization of 3D skills and is extremely versatile. The RX 101 has a light feel to it and provides power. It also allows for speed when it is needed. The lighter weight and allows for speed when running down the field.

Beginners Pick

4. TK Hockey 3.5

A competitive stick for developing player who is looking to elevate and improve their offensive game.

TK is another company that makes good sticks. This stick is good for developing players. It is made of 10% carbon, 5% Kevlar, 85% Fiberglass and has a low bow shape. This stick is good for those who want an introduction to what a carbon stick can offer.

The shape of this stick offers assistance with aerials, drag flicking and lifting the ball. The reactive liquid polymer adds strength, durability, and performance of the stick.

Indoor Pick

5. STX IX 901

Light feel with power and stiffness that allows for precision, speed and shooting.

The pick for the best stick for indoor play is the STX IX 901. The STX IX 901 is great for an experienced player.

It was created with additional carbon to have a lighter feel with more stiffness, which is why it is good for someone who has been playing and is not new to the sport.

It has a low bow shape and a maxi toe. Being made with carbon and having the extreme low bow shape allows this stick to have great precision, speed and lift on cage.

Having a stick that allows for speed and power is important for an offensive player. You need to be able to dribble and move the ball fast, as well as shoot the ball with power.

Sticks To Avoid

Grays GX 1000

The Grays GX 1000 is a good stick for a beginner or for a defender. The GX 1000 has a maxi toe shape and is a heavier stick. As a forward you should look for a stick that is lighter in weight.

STX XPR 901

The XPR 901 is another good stick, just not for a forward. It has a heavy toe and a standard bow shape. It has a heavier feel to it as well, which is another reason why it is not the best choice for a forward.

What To Look For When Choosing A Forward Stick

As a forward there are several factors you want to keep an eye out for when choosing a stick.

A forward would regularly search for a shorter stick so as to be able to fly down the field and have the capacity to flick the ball when in all-out attack mode.

Being able to have a good handle on the ball and be able to shoot the ball fast and powerful can be dependent on stick and skill. 

The shape of the head is important for forwards as they need to dribble and shoot. J shape and midi toe are the best head shape for forwards.

A lighter-weight stick is ideal for this position, as they need to be able to move fast down the field. A lighter stick allows for this, which is important. A smaller in size stick can also come in handy, as a forward wants to be able to dribble the ball down the field fast. 

Power can also play an important part in a stick. Forwards will be shooting the ball so they want their stick to have power, not only to score, but to get through the defense so they have the chance to score. 

Size Guide

HeightStick Size
3’5” and under24”
3’6” to 3’8”26”
3’8” to 4”28”
4’1” to 4’3”30”
4’4” to 4’6”32”
4’7” to 5’0”34″
5’1” to 5’3” 35”35.5”
5’4” to 5’8”36”-36.5”
5’9” to 5’11”37”-37.5”
6” and up38”