Hockey Stick Grips

Hockey Stick Grips

, by HFS Team, 9 min reading time

Grips are an essential part of the hockey stick; they are the sole point of contact between the player and the stick. This blog aims to understand the following:

  • What are the different types of hockey stick grips available?
  • How do you choose the right hockey stick grip for you?
  • How do you apply the grip to your hockey stick?

What Are The Different Types Of Hockey Stick Grips?

Hockey Grips come in a variety of materials and colours. All hockey stick grips fall into one of two categories. The first of these two categories are:


These are designed to be applied to the hockey stick over the top of a standard grip, this standard grip can be either the one that is on the stick when it comes from the factory (when you buy it) or one that you may have used to replace the factory grip. Over-Grips have no adhesive backing meaning they will not damage the standard grip underneath when removed. Whilst there are many different types of over-grips (some of which are exclusive to certain brands) the two most common are: chamois and towel grips.

  • Chamois - this is the most common over-grip and is often although not always a sand colour. The name chamois comes from the animal by which the leather is made from. However, most brands opt to use a synthetic alternative to the traditional chamois leather, the name chamois has become synonymous with grip and has stayed regardless of the switch to a synthetic alternative. Chamois are a grip that performs best in wet conditions, with most top pitches being a water-based surface, having a grip that performs well in these conditions is desirable. The only problem with the chamois grip is the dry condition performance. Depending on the quality of the chamois they can often be quite abrasive when dry. Therefore, to prevent this it is common for players to wet the grip before use.
  • Towel – although not as common as the chamois the towel grip has the same benefits. They are best when used in wet conditions, these work by absorbing the water and/or sweat to ensure optimal grip. There aren’t many brands that currently offer the towel grip. However, similar alternatives are available from the likes of Adidas with the Adizeem grip.


A standard grip is a term used to describe any grip that comes pre-applied to the hockey stick from the factory (or when it is purchased), standard grip is also a term used to describe any grip that is in direct contact with the surface of stick, these grips have an adhesive layer on the back of the grip to allow the grip to adhere to the stick surface without coming loose. Similarly, to over-grips there are many different types of standard grips on offer from various brands. However, the two most common are PU grips and cork grips.

  • PU - Polyurethane or PU grips are the grips that can be found on most if not all hockey sticks from the factory (or when they are bought). PU grips come in many different grip patterns, colours, and thicknesses from various brands, all of which are personal preference. These grips are designed to work in all conditions and on all surfaces. These grips work by providing a tacky and cushioned surface between the stick and the users hands. These grips can be applied directly to the handle of the hockey stick, and used as they are or have an over-grip added over the top of them.
  • Cork - This style of grip is uncommon due to it being a recent introduction into the hockey grip market. This style of grip has properties of both standard grips and over-grips. It is similar to over-grips, specifically towel grips, in that it is able to absorb sweat from the players hands thanks to the pieces of cork impregnated into the grips surface. It is similar to PU grips in that it is able to work effectively in all conditions. Furthermore, this style of grip comes with an adhesive backing allowing it to be applied directly to the surface of the stick which is a characteristic of standard grips. Cork grips are predominantly EVA foam, with cork flakes, whilst these may be lighter than PU alternatives, they are considerably thicker.

How Do You Choose The Right Hockey Stick Grip For You?

With an understanding of the differences between over-grips and standard grips, the next step is to choose which one is right for you. One important point to note is that the predominant factor to consider when choosing the right grip for you is personal preference. Whilst our research may indicate a particular grip is the best one for you, it is always best practice to go for the one you feel most comfortable with. Furthermore, over-grips can always be removed, if done properly this leaves the standard grip completely undamaged.


Standard grips are generally more expensive than over-grips. This is due to several factors, some of which are materials used, and lifespan of the grip. Standard grips range from anywhere between £5-£15 with most being around £7. Over grips tend be cheaper than standard grips ranging from anywhere between £4-£10 with most being around £5.


As discussed previously standard grips are designed to be used in all conditions. Whereas, over grips tend to be most effective in wet conditions. If you predominantly play on a water-based pitch it is much easier to ensure the grip has water on it, on other surfaces the player the have to wet the grip themselves which can be quite tedious especially in hot conditions. Standard grips don’t suffer from this issue and produce the same amount of grip in all conditions and on any surface.


Both Standard grips and over grips are available in a variety of colours. Traditionally chamois were only available in a sand colour due to the leather used from the chamois (animal). However, now synthetic materials are used it is much more common to see chamois available in a wide variety of colours. It is important to remember that the process in which chamois are coloured involves the synthetic leather being dyed. As a result, although uncommon, it is possible for the colour to fade over time or the dye to run onto the users’ hands or stick. Due to standard grips being made from (PU) it is much more common to find these grips in a far wider colour array than over-grips, due to pigments used to colour plastics being much more widely available.


With standard grips being in direct contact with the surface of the stick, they must use some form of adhesive backing allowing them to stick to the surface of the stick and not come loose when in use. Applying a standard grip requires more precision than over-grips; this is in part due to them being difficult to remove once stuck down. Application is a much slower and more methodical process with less room for error when compared to over-grips. Over-grips are much more forgiving and can be removed and reapplied at any point.


Standard grips generally last longer than over-grips. However, the longevity of the grip greatly depends on the player using the grip. Standard grips should last as long as the stick itself is in optimal condition. The condition of the stick depends on how it is used and the level it is used at. For most players, this is usually 1-2 seasons of use in competitive competitions. Standard grips usually require changing only if the player wishes to use a different grip than the one that comes on the stick from the factory. Over-grips, on the other hand, tend to last a much shorter amount of time compared to standard grips. The main reason for this is the materials they are made from. In addition, many over-grips absorb water, which can often be dirty water, causing them to smell over time. Furthermore, the dirty water from water-based pitches can cause the grip to discolor or stain. Therefore, it is best to change or at least wash over-grips halfway through the season or at most for a full season.

Hockey Grip Guide | Hockey Factory Shop


How Do You Apply The Grip To Your Hockey Stick?

Most standard grips will have instructions on the packaging from the manufacturer that shows the best way to apply that specific grip. It is recommended to follow these instructions. However, if you get stuck, you can follow the step-by-step guide below for further help.


Over Grip Guide

Hockey Grip Guide | Hockey Factory Shop


Standard Grip Guide

Hockey Grip Guide | Hockey Factory Shop


Note: The specific steps may vary depending on the type and brand of grip you are using. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the best application method.

By following these steps, you should be able to apply a grip to your hockey stick effectively.




Choosing the right hockey stick grip is a matter of personal preference and considering factors such as price, usage, colour, ease of application, and longevity. Understanding the differences between over-grips and standard grips can help you make an informed decision. Once you've chosen the right grip, applying it to your hockey stick using the proper technique ensures a comfortable and secure grip during play. Experimenting with different grips can also help you find the one that suits your playing style and preferences the best.

Remember, the grip is the connection between you and your stick, so finding the right grip can greatly impact your performance on the field.

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