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How to Tape Your Goalie Stick for a Stronger Defense
How do you tape your stick to get it game day ready? Like stringing, everyone’s got their own preference based on their style of play and feel. Some patterns might look random from a distance, but there’s a science to it.
The trick is learning how to tape your stick properly to achieve an enhanced grip for optimum delivery and to control the impact. Team USA goalie Liz Hogan swears by her technique, so we tapped Syracuse’s all-time leader in saves (660) for a few tips.
2. Safety first! Pop the end cap off and tape the butt end of the stick, with half of the tape resting on the metal and half exposed, folding it inwards to create a cushion and avoid hurting yourself and other players.
3. Find your sweet spots — the places along the stick where your grips falls most often — and be sure to tape those up too. Mimic your hand motions while taping to get the right placement. Hint: Sometimes for these spots, it’s best to only use about half the standard width of the tape.
4. Put your shaft to work. Save energy and time by spinning the shaft instead of walking around it in circles with the tape. Bonus: You’ll end up with a straighter line.
5. It’s all about #ThatGrip. Enhance your hold by twisting the tape to create a solid ring around the stick.
There’s a reason Liz is one of our all-time favorites. Not only is she an incredible goalie, but she has an incredible story and she’s always willing to get real about it. Learn more about Liz’s journey in her reflection I Started Out Playing on the Boys’ Team…Here’s what I Learned.