Field Hockey Balls - Choosing The Best Hockey Ball.

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Deciding what Hockey Ball to purchase is a task that should only be undertaken, having read a guide on Hockey Balls. The choice is vast and even some of the better club players pick the wrong ball.

When deciding, what Field Hockey Ball would suit your standard of Hockey, you must a first try to understand a little about the types of Hockey Ball available. Hockey Balls are manufactured by many different companies:-

The leading brands are:-
Kookaburra

Slazenger

Malik

Readers

Grays

Mercian

TK

Gryphon and

Voodoo.

There are many more but you see the problem to start with, there is a lot of choice. In sport I have favourite manufacturers, that i go back to time after time. I use the same Hockey manufacturer (Kookaburra and Slazenger) year in year out, as they tend to be the easiest to get hold of. 

Remarkably some Hockey Balls are made by the same factory but branded differently. Companies are very precious about their brand so, do not openly admit to this. Some of the top branded balls, are manufactured with different branding and sold as own label balls.

Hockey Balls come in many different colours and 3 different designs. Types of balls:-

Match, Training, Smooth, Dimple, Coloured and Lightweight balls.

The one that is most commonly used is the Dimple training ball. Many players believe the Dimpled ball is best but, the very expert advice shows the smooth ball can react better on sand based astro pitches. Kookaburra originally designed the dimpled ball, for use on water based pitches.

Its design was to allow the ball to run smoother on the water based pitches. The dimple design was a unique feature at the time and a major selling point. All other manufacturers now have a dimple ball within their ranges.

Lightweight Balls are the same size as all the other Hockey Balls, just lighter. It has a hollow centre in most cases and is designed to be used by children.

The main colours of ball are White, Pink or Orange. . There are other colours available but, these are more for recreational use, Mixed swirl colour, glitter blue and glitter pink.  The biggest selling colour of ball is still the white one, closely followed by orange. To ensure you get maximum life out of your purchase, you should wash regularly, in warm soapy water to maintain their primary colour. The lightweight ball is designed, generally for use with younger players.

Hockey Balls vary in price from £1.99 up to £15 for training balls and £3 to £18 for good quality match balls. Many retailers now offer bulk prices to help clubs and schools get a better deal. Some even through in bags to offer even better value.

It really does depend on what standard you play and what type of pitch conditions you have available. Ultimately, you will decide which you prefer, by reviewing the facts and playing with various balls, to get the feel for them.

Which ball do i use most often? The Slazenger Club Dimple Training Ball. I find it lasts longer and although it is slightly more expensive the the normal Dimple training Ball, as it lasts longer it is better value for money.

Why did you choose the Hockey Ball that you use? Was it the colour, manufacturer or price? 

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