In addition to taping the blade of your hockey stick, you also need to tape the knob.
The primary reason for taping the knob, is to provide you some grip when stickhandling, shooting, passing, receiving a pass or picking up the stick when you’ve lost it on the ice during a practice or game.
Over time, you’ll establish your own personal preference and style of knob, but I’d like to give you some pointers, if you’re not sure what to do.
First, let’s start with the size of the knob. Having coached youth hockey players for over 20 years, I consistently see knobs that are way too big. The wider diameter, forces the hand to a more open position, limiting strength and performance.
Think of the hand when it’s in a fist position. That’s when it’s the strongest. The more open it is, the weaker your grip strength is. A good example would be when you were on the monkey bars as a kid. When you first start out, the hands are strong and you can motor across with ease. As you start to tire, your hands become fatigued, your grip loosens and you start to hang on more by your fingertips, until you can’t go on and fall to your feet.
You want to have your top hand closer to the fist position, so that you’ll be able to optimize your hand strength and increase stick performance.
Next, let’s talk about how far down the shaft you should extend the knob. The rule of thumb is to make it only an inch or two down past your glove. Too often, I see players that have an additional 4-8 inches of tape past the top hand. This will add unnecessary weight to the stick and impede performance.
The top hand doesn’t move up and down the shaft of the stick like the bottom hand does. It stays put, unless you release the top hand to fend off a defender while protecting the puck, but then goes right back to the top of the stick.
I apologize; I’m starting to get a little long winded. I know you’re extremely busy, and I don’t want to take any more of your time than I have to. So I made a short video with a detailed explanation and a visual demonstration of how to tape the knob of a hockey stick. I hope it helps?
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