Guide to Hockey Stick Lies

Having the correct lie on your blade will allow the blade to lie flat on the ice.

Correct Too Flat Too Upright


Standard Lies (5.5)

The most common lie is 5.5, best for players who use a stick length that is standard for their height and skate with a balanced body position, not too low or too upright

Low Skaters or Long Stick (4,5)

Players who skate with a body position lower to the ice or use a stick that is long for their height tend to prefer flatter lies. (4 lie, 5 lie)

Upright Skaters or Short Stick (6,7)

Players who skate with a more upright body position or use a stick that is short for their height tend to prefer more upright lies. (6 lie, 7 lie)

(Tip: After using your stick a few times, look at the way the tape is wearing on the bottom of your blade. If the wear looks even across the tape, then you are using the correct lie. If the heel or toe show more wear, then you will probably want to find a lie that better fits your game.)


Blade Patterns
- Lie
- Curve Type
- Face
- Toe
- Depth
Stick Shaft
- Flex
- Kickpoint