Need to know how to tape a hockey goalie stick? Taping up a hockey goaltending stick not only makes it last longer, but can help with puck visibility and control. Doing an improper job can, however, leaves a hockey stick's blade a tattered mass, dragging bits of tape all over, cutting down on performance and looking more or less slovenly. Some hockey players like to tape up the shaft of the goalie stick, in addition to the blade, for improved grip, but that depends wholly upon individual preference. Follow these steps to properly tape up a hockey goalie blade.
To tape a hockey goalie stick, you will need:
- Hockey stick tape
- Hockey stick wax
- Place a strip of tape along the heel of the blade. This part of the hockey stick sees the most wear and tear; using a strip of tape that is a little bit longer than half the blade's length will give it some added durability.
- Start at the corner. The first wrap around the goalie stick's blade should begin flush to the inside corner and form a V-like pattern, so that one strip (the first) is going along the blade below the heel, and the other above it.
- Wrap and overlap. Continue taping along the blade from the corner to roughly two inches from the end or toe of the hockey stick's blade. Be sure that each wrap around overlaps the one before it by approximately one third of the tape's width; this way there is no danger of the blade being exposed.
- Wax on. Using either hockey stick wax—or if there is none to hand, a candle—wax down the tape to ensure it gets a good seal. This keeps the tape from being saturated by water (ice tends to melt, unfortunately) and from becoming too sticky.
Be sure to use a white or other brightly-colored tape; half of the benefit of taping a stick comes from being able to see the puck more clearly. Also make sure that the stick is clean before taping or else the tape will not stick properly. Lastly, use hockey tape; it is designed specifically for this purpose, and other sorts of tape may either tear too easily, cause problems handling the puck, or just look stupid.