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Intercounty Hulers Hurley Size

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This is just out of pure curiosity I am interested in seeing in any hoganstand contributors can shed some light on what size sticks hurlers from their county or other counties are using. Was reading there last week about David Riedy using 32s and 33s and that's the way the game has gone. Saw mark coleman using 32s, bubbles uses 33s apparently , Austin Gleeson uses 34s and brick uses 36. Hoggy uses 34s too
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 507 - 22/02/2018 22:51:43    2079368

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33/34s.

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 3764 - 23/02/2018 12:54:23    2079444

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Replying To Bon:  "This is just out of pure curiosity I am interested in seeing in any hoganstand contributors can shed some light on what size sticks hurlers from their county or other counties are using. Was reading there last week about David Riedy using 32s and 33s and that's the way the game has gone. Saw mark coleman using 32s, bubbles uses 33s apparently , Austin Gleeson uses 34s and brick uses 36. Hoggy uses 34s too
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated"
According to Paudie Butler all modern butlers are using a shorter light stick than 10 years previously. He referenced 32in as being the most popular size now if I recall correctly. He is of the opinion that this is a good thing. Martin Fogarty, who replaced him as National Director, disagrees and think that this is just a fad. He believes that Hurley should be fitted from a straight arm by your side. I'm not sure which camp I'm in. It takes a very high skill set to play with the short hurl imo.

Tadhgmacda (Limerick) - Posts: 89 - 23/02/2018 13:26:26    2079456

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I'd suggest the general rule of thumb is that Leinster and Galway hurlers tend to use longer hurls to Munster.
Think Callanan only uses a 34. Shefflin I'm told used a 37 which seems a bit ridiculous! It's definitely noticeable tho that the KK lads use longer hurls than Tipp players for example

Have a look at the links below as well. Hard to judge!

https://alchetron.com/S%C3%A9amus-Callanan
https://www.balls.ie/football/joe-canning-is-way-off-on-henry-shefflin-59122
https://www.sportsfile.com/blog/2016/09/tipperary-beat-kilkenny-in-all-ireland-shc-final/

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2497 - 23/02/2018 13:47:32    2079466

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Replying To Bon:  "This is just out of pure curiosity I am interested in seeing in any hoganstand contributors can shed some light on what size sticks hurlers from their county or other counties are using. Was reading there last week about David Riedy using 32s and 33s and that's the way the game has gone. Saw mark coleman using 32s, bubbles uses 33s apparently , Austin Gleeson uses 34s and brick uses 36. Hoggy uses 34s too
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated"
Who's Hoggy by the way?
Richie Hogan? Shur a 34 would be huge for him!

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2497 - 23/02/2018 13:49:01    2079467

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Who's Hoggy by the way?
Richie Hogan? Shur a 34 would be huge for him!"
Patrick Horgan.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 394 - 23/02/2018 13:57:08    2079470

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Replying To Tadhgmacda:  "According to Paudie Butler all modern butlers are using a shorter light stick than 10 years previously. He referenced 32in as being the most popular size now if I recall correctly. He is of the opinion that this is a good thing. Martin Fogarty, who replaced him as National Director, disagrees and think that this is just a fad. He believes that Hurley should be fitted from a straight arm by your side. I'm not sure which camp I'm in. It takes a very high skill set to play with the short hurl imo."
I noticed that difference between of opinion between Butler & Fogarty. The longer stick suits ground hurling better, I think.

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 3764 - 23/02/2018 14:28:18    2079483

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Literally comes down to ground hurling if your the type of player to pull on the ball a lot the old school length rules apply , if your the type that allways tries to get the ball in hand and and hit with a short grip then 32 should do you

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5156 - 23/02/2018 17:10:25    2079529

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That's exactly it Damo and Keeper7 the longer the hurler the better for ground hurling.

Inter county players don't do much ground hurling anymore so a shorter hurl means it's harder to hook them too.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2328 - 23/02/2018 23:49:00    2079616

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That's interesting about Kilkenny players, Richie Hogan wouldn't be the tallest fella but I think he uses a 35, it looks big in relation to him. Id really find it hard to use a 32 , itd be like using a wooden spoon!! I'm 6 foot and float between 34/35 . Some 34s are perfect but let you down on long range shooting, maybe its technique. Whereas 35s can be that bit more awkward for quick snappy style of play even with a shortened grip.
Thanks for all the input.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 507 - 24/02/2018 01:03:12    2079618

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Im 5'11 and use a 35.

daytona11 (Kildare) - Posts: 3582 - 25/02/2018 17:11:48    2080073

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Something that kids often think when playing is the bigger the hurl the more power generated, they forget the bigger the hurl the more weight of the hurl and hitting pulling for an hour eventually takes its toll , eventually they grow into adults and are conditioned to using the wrong hurl

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5156 - 25/02/2018 17:18:11    2080082

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Replying To Damothedub:  "Something that kids often think when playing is the bigger the hurl the more power generated, they forget the bigger the hurl the more weight of the hurl and hitting pulling for an hour eventually takes its toll , eventually they grow into adults and are conditioned to using the wrong hurl"
Its a personal thing though. A personal preference. The wrong hurl for you will be the right hurl for another man.

daytona11 (Kildare) - Posts: 3582 - 25/02/2018 20:39:07    2080215

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Replying To daytona11:  "Its a personal thing though. A personal preference. The wrong hurl for you will be the right hurl for another man."
I allways put it like this if your feet are a size eight you'd never dream over wearing a size 11

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5156 - 25/02/2018 21:41:58    2080255

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