5 Tips For Taping Hockey Stick
Here are 5 tips for taping a hockey stick. Taping your hockey stick helps customize the stick to your preferences and your method of play, greatly improving your overall performance. These five tips for taping a hockey stick will help you get the most out of this easy technique.
- Tape the blade with black cloth tape. Taping the blade helps improve puck control. Using black cloth tape on the blade will make it harder for opponents to see the puck during play.
- Wrap tape flat against the blade. Bumps, lumps, or stray tape ends in the blade area will reduce puck control. An even surface on the blade is essential.
- Improve your grip. Wind a long strip of tape into a rope and wrap it down the stick to produce a ridged grip that will help you maintain control over the stick. Cover this with evenly applied flat tape. This is sometimes referred to as a snake grip.
- Add a knob to the grip. Wrap tape around the end of the stick to produce a knob that will prevent the stick from sliding easily out of your hand. The size of the knob can vary from small to large, but remember that tape does add weight, and you want to stick to remain light and maneuverable.
- Experiment. If you've never wrapped a stick before, or haven't played long enough to know your preferences, try several different approaches to taping the stick. There are several methods that are considered standard, but you might find something else that works better for you if you try some non-standard approaches.
These five tips for taping a hockey stick should get you started, and well on the way to a better, more comfortable hockey game.