MAINTAIN YOUR SHOES DAILYSimple Ways to Care for Your Shoes
Few sports put such a range of stresses upon shoes as field hockey. The life expectancy of a pair of turf shoes can be very short, especially if not cared for daily.
Always let your shoes air-dry. Your feet perspire. Moisture can collect in the seams and below the insole. Our insoles are easily removed for drying. Flip the insoles upside down. If moisture is left in the shoe, bacteria can grow and weaken the junction between the uppers and sole. The constant starting and stopping in a pair of turf shoes already puts stress between the uppers and sole.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR SHOES IN A CLOSED BAG.
The laces and insoles are designed to be replaced. A fresh insole can make you feel like you have new shoes.
When putting on your shoes, always loosen your shoelaces first to allow you to step into the shoe.
Make sure that you loosen your shoelaces when taking your shoes off. Use your hands to take your shoe off. This prevents you from damaging the back of the shoe.
TAPE THE SHAFT OF YOUR STICK
Athletic tape, aka medical or hockey tape, can be found in a variety of colors in a 1.5" wide roll. It's sold at stores near the band-aids, at hockey events and in some sporting goods stores that sell field hockey sticks. TIP - add it to your online cart if you are making a large purchase to avoid shipping costs that are higher than the tape.
Many players want to protect a stick from the impact of other players sticks, known as hacking. Tape the lower shaft by using a single strip of tape 3"-4" long on the top edge and another on the bottom edge. Start just above the head, or hook, align the 2 strips to meet in the center of the shaft and roll around to the edges. Try to avoid an overlap in the center. Replace as needed.
KEEP YOUR STICK FROM LOOKING LIKE THIS
Your New Composite Should Last A Good Long Time
A Composite stick is made to hit field hockey balls, nothing else. Don't hit stones, rocks, other player's sticks (that's called hacking), or anything hard. Why? Because it will cause your stick to chip. That will make it look ugly. I know you don't want an ugly stick or you wouldn't have selected such a beauty.
Play on grass or turf, not on dirt, in the street, on a textured tennis court, in the parking lot, or any abrasive surface. It will grind down your stick and destroy it in no time at all!