Your composite has a hollow core, honeycombed with a plastic membrane which magnifies the power of your hit. If you notice a RATTLING inside your stick it means that a tiny piece of plastic has been knocked loose by an impact. Your stick may sound like a “rain stick”. It is NOT broken.
THE RATTLE WILL NOT AFFECT THE PLAY OF YOUR STICK.
If it annoys you, there are several easy remedies. However, as it is only a small particle, the fly wing size flake may lodge itself in a honeycomb and never be heard from again. The first technique for "encouraging" the floating speck to "settle", is to tap the butt of the handle a couple of times on the ground. That may work for a short time, or wedge the fragment permanently. If that doesn't work to your satisfaction, you may want to drill a one quarter inch hole in the end cap and shake the particle out. Put tape back over the hole.
Drilling a hole in the end cap WILL NOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
If you want to keep your stick shiny and new looking, go to an automotive supply store and get a tube or tiny bottle of touch up paint. Bring your stick with you to match the color. (I would recommend "DUPLI-Color"tm SCRATCH-FIX.)
The orange Dita stick, illustrated above below, belongs to Teun de Nooijer. This is what his stick always looks like after he's played with it for a day. He plays hard. The paint loss is cosmetic, the goal scoring is real. Take a good look at the head of Teun's stick and you will see the exact spot where he ALWAYS hits the ball. That's the "sweet spot". In case you are unfamiliar with Teun de Nooijer, he is the most famous field hockey player in the world. He was the star of the Dutch team for many years before retiring, and not only has been named the FIH Player-of-the-Year, but has multiple Olympic medals and World Championships.
Many elite players modify the grip, especially the top six inches, so that even with their eyes shut they know exactly at which angle the head of the stick is facing. A well taped top grip can eliminate slices and increase control!
Give your new stick a little TLC.
After play or practice take a moment and wipe off any moisture or mud from your stick. Repair deep scratches with epoxy cement. The “5 Minute” type of
epoxy will work very well in adding to the life of your stick, but the 2 part epoxy that cures in 24 hours holds better.
Tape the lower four inches of your shaft. This will help protect your stick from the impact of other players sticks, known as hacking.
Although rare, defective workmanship does sometimes occur. Dita will repair or replace your stick if it is broken during normal play, within three months of purchase. Please keep a record of where and when you purchased your Dita.
Examples of broken sticks include: a stick which the head or a large portion of has come off, a handle or shaft that is in two pieces.
Chips, scratches, nicks, “invisible cracks”, unraveling grip, cracks in the label, worn stick heel, or loose particles inside the composite’s interior, rattles, vibration, or any other result of normal use. The above will not affect play of the stick.
If you have a concern about your Dita stick, immediately take a digital image and email a .jpg file attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If using a smart phone, touch the area on the screen you wish to focus on before snapping the image.
Use your digital camera in close up mode.
Switch off the flash, as it tends to obscure the details.
Look at the image before you send the photo. Be sure the stick is the center of focus, not what's behind or under it.
Only unused items may be returned for refund.
Goods must be in original wrappings and show no sign of use.