Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Crown Hockey stick review and how to create your own custom stick!

Hello everyone,

Today we wanted to share with you a recent review we received on our stick from Amsterdam Ladies own Leiah Brigitha, as part of Hockey Heroes TV.


We appreciate any review our sticks can get, good or bad comments we always fully take into consideration what players think and this has always been one of our main focuses right from the start, to have a stick that players enjoy playing with more than any other!

If you want to see reviews for Crown sticks and more check out our trustpilot reviews section or the reviews page on our website.

We also recently put out a new video of our own, showing you guys many different custom Crown sticks and how you can go about making one for yourself:


If you have any questions about creating your own custom stick send us a message or leave a comment below!

All the best,

Matt.M @ Crown

Monday, 8 January 2018

What Size Field Hockey Stick ? | How to Choose a Field Hockey Stick


Hello Everyone, 

Hopefully you players have already seen the video above about how choose the correct stick size for you, but if not, or if you would like some extra detail I shall both re-cap and write a little bit extra within this blog post.

At Crown we believe that selecting the best stick size for you first means answering the three questions below:

  1. How tall are you? 
  2. What's your playing style? 
  3. What is comfortable?

HOW TALL ARE YOU? 
When asking for stick length advice, most players begin by stating how tall they are, which is a very usefully piece of information. But answering this question should really just be used to narrow your size range down. There are further questions to ask, and there are exceptions to the 'the taller you are the longer your stick should be' rule, as smaller players may wish go for a longer stick to gain some extra reach. Although if you were to push us for some general height to stick size guidelines we would give the following response/brackets: 

Below 5.3' =     <36.5
5.3 - 5.7     =       36.5 - 37 
5.8 - 6.3     =       37 - 38
6.4 plus      =      37.5 - 40

(this information is just what we have noticed from players feedback and sales, it should just be used as a general guideline and not as a definitive rule) 

WHAT'S YOUR PLAYING STYLE? 
Why we feel that this question is appropriate is because some skills within the game of hockey are easier with and longer stick and some skills are easier with a shorter stick. For example; longer sticks often mean more powerful hits, shorter sticks often results in improved control and dribbling skills, longer sticks mean that you have more reach, shorter sticks are lighter and player are more agile....and so on. So a further question could be; because of my play style "would I benefit from a longer/shorter stick?"

WHAT IS COMFORTABLE? 
This is one for the physios and chiropractors, but ultimately this is probably the most important of the three questions. If you are not comfortable playing hockey then your performance will suffer, so overall it is best to pick within a size range that is comfortable to you, hockey is a tough game on the back, the shoulders, the neck the arms, the quads, everywhere! Comfort should be a high priority for all players. 

At Crown we offer a lot of variety with length/sizes as, as standard, we offer inch and half inch sizes, but if you have a very specific requirement, even to the millimeter then we can easily accommodate for you. 

If you still unsure about sizing please email us at hello@crownhockey.com or get in contact with us over social media. 

Good luck for 2018 to all the Crown fans out there!!!

All the best, 

Evan @ Crown 

Monday, 6 November 2017

MID BOW OR LOW BOW? WHICH IS BEST FOR ME?


Hello Everyone,

"Should I buy a Mid Bow stick or a Low Bow Stick"

Is a question that we frequently get asked here at Crown. Above is a video where I briefly go over a few points to think about, and questions that you should ask yourself to make sure that you are well equipped to answer this common bow shape conundrum. To summaries the main points of the video:


  • Do you drag-flick, try 3D skills or perform aerial passes often?
If so a low bow will make these skills easier, if not then maybe you could benefit from the characteristics of a mid bow.
  •   Understand the difference between the two bow types: 
LOW BOW



MID BOW


  • Do you have any current problems that could be helped by a change in stick bow type? 
Two example problems that we often see are:
  1. Players accidentally lifting passes too often and giving their team mates a tough time as a result, this could be helped by switching to a higher bow position, such as a mid bow, as it is far harder to lift the ball with a mid bow, this means that players will be more likely to keep ground passes on the floor and reaching the targeted player. 
  2. Players not being able to make top corner shots, in this case switching to a low bow might be the solution to the problem as it is far easier to lift the ball, when striking with a low bow, as the low bow has a greater loft angle. 
  •  Feel free to ask as questions: hello@crownhockey.com
Ultimately however, just go with what you believe to be most beneficial for your game.

 All the best !

Evan @ Crown 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fresh New Crown Silicone-Backed Grip Bags


At Crown we are looking to improve further and further to provide both awesomely functional and stylish products for our end user.With that in mind, we sought to create a stylish new grip bag that protect Crown silicone-backed grips, whilst in transit and on the retail shelf. 

Made from a raw aluminium core and protective, PET inner and outer layer it provides a scratch and puncture resistant outer surface that’s 100% waterproof. Keeping Crown grips fresh and looking good on their way to you. The grips do not require any additional packaging, saving on time and material normally associated with packaging them up.


  We have also introduced a sample pad to the outside so that you can preview the soft, yet tacky feel and the spongy silicone backing of the grip whilst keeping the fresh grip inside clean until its needed.This bag features Crown’s signature minimalistic and functional design whilst carrying forward our ethos to remain the number one manufacture of high tech field hockey equipment. 

The packaging will now become a feature of all Crown Grips ordered and will be rolled out in 6 countries worldwide.Contact CEO Evan for inquires at evan@crownhockey.co.uk or simply to say hello.­

Monday, 3 April 2017

Try Crown Custom Now!

Hello everyone,

Exciting times have just begun at Crown as we have released our latest feature, Crown Custom. We have always wanted to give players the chance to make their dream hockey stick, without compromising on the technology available.



We are happy to say that players can now create their own version of the Crown Hockey stick in their desired colour.


We aim to continually improve this feature and add new and interesting ways to customise the Crown Hockey stick to fit you and your playstyle the best.


To test it out for yourself check it out here: http://bit.ly/CrownCustom

Matt.M @ Crown

Thursday, 23 February 2017

BEHIND THE SCENES AT CROWN HOCKEY

Hello Everyone

Recently we have decided that it would be interesting to show you all more 'behind the scene' footage of the Crown team at work.

As we are the only brand/manufacturer of field hockey sticks we felt that we could give players a unique insight. We often find ourselves in some pretty cool manufacturing facilities and we are always experimenting and testing.

Linked below is our first behind the scenes episode, where myself and Matt tested out a few different products and methods for applying our blue and red coloured coatings to our Shadow series range of sticks.


Please let us know what you would like to see next?

All The Best,

Evan @ Crown

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

How to grip a Hockey stick



How to grip a field hockey stick


Hello Everyone.

Recently we have had some emails in from players who have purchased our silicon-backed Crown grips, many have asked for instructions on how to best apply a new grip to their stick.
So we have produced this video which shows how we apply grips to Crown sticks.
Please take a look at the video and let me know if you have any further questions, but to give some quick advice: My top tips are:
  1. Start with a clean and dry grip-less hockey stick.
  2. Place the stick or a clean table or on your knees.
  3. Overlap each grip layer by 2mm.
  4. Remember to completely remove the backing to the adhesive tape.
  5. Pull the grip firmly to keep the wrapping tight. 
  6. Get hold of a very sharp pair of scissors to cut the end diagonal line.
  7. Find some good finishing (or electrical) tape and use a good amount, just to be on the safe side.
Good Luck,

All the best!

Evan @ Crown