What is lie?
I’m sure that many of you have heard about “lie” or seen it written on your sticks like you see above, but you may been wondering; what is lie? Lie is the angle between the shaft and blade of your stick. As seen below:
The lie is indicated using a number, generally 4-7. The most popular lie for senior sticks are 5 which equates to an angle of 135°. The differences between the lies are about 2°, but don’t worry yourself about the degree too much. It’s the number that matters to you.
But what does all these numbers equate to?
The higher the lie the more upright the stick is. Here is a little info chart:
As you can see, the higher the number the more upright it is.
How can you tell which lie is right for you?
If you have never owned a stick before you may want to start with a 5 because it is the most popular. One way to see if it is right for you is to try some out at your local store. Grab a stick in your lie, or start with the Lie 5, and go into your natural skating position. The middle of the blade should be flat on the floor at comfortable. If, when resting your stick on the floor the toe is off the floor you want to increase the lie to make the stick more upright. Alternatively, if the sticks heel is off the floor you want a lower lie to keep the stick further in front of you. Note that the angle will change when you are on skates.
If you already have a stick, the best way to tell you if your lie is correct is to check the wear on your tape. If you notice that your tape wears more towards the heel you want to increase your lie.(more upright) If you notice that your tape wears more towards the toe you want to decrease your lie. (More out in front of you) If your lie is correct the tape should wear in the middle of the blade. As most things in hockey, the lie of your stick is also a preference. If you tend to have more puck battles you may want a more upright stick (higher lie) so you have more control in tighter areas. Defensemen or newer players may want a lower lie so you can keep the stick further out in front of you.
How does length affect lie?
The length of the shaft also plays a factor into your lie. If you add length to your shaft it will lower your lie because the stick will be further our in front of you.