Friday, December 1, 2023

Hockey stick reviews: Gryphon

Our equipment expert tries out the latest field hockey sticks to hit the market and makes his verdict

Gryphon Taboo Blue Steel

RRP: £325 
Carbon Quotient: 95
Shape: Deuce II
Bow size: 25 mm
Bow Position: 205 mm


The blend of fibreglass, carbon and aramid gives the Taboo Blue Steel a unique feel. It is incredibly smooth when moving the ball with a very soft touch, but then has fantastic power on the strike and slap. The lightweight lay-up gives great balance throughout the field. The supreme cushion grip dampens any vibrations from a miscue.

THP Verdict

The Taboo Blue Steel is an all-rounders stick which manages to combine responsive touch with high powered striking. Aimed at high level club players and internationals the Taboo Blue Steel has become easier to use throughout the generations. So, if you are looking to take your game to the next level then this stick might be the one for you.

Gryphon Tour Gen 23

RRP: £385
Carbon Quotient: 100
Shape: Samurai
Bow size: 25 mm
Bow Position: 205 mm

6k carbon fibre gives this stick unrivalled power on both hits and slaps. The high balance point enables players to shift the ball rapidly when dribbling but still control the strike despite the low bow. The international players specifications that the stick is built to mean that a high skill level is required but the rewards for that skill are phenomenal.

THP Verdict

This is a superb stick for top level players. The control groove with the samurai shape is wonderful for PC flicks and aerials alike.  The combination of sublime touch and responsiveness alongside extreme power on the strike and slap makes it one the finest offerings available for any current or aspiring premier player.

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