Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse
There has been many speculations between the differences of men’s and women’s lacrosse for several years now. It has always come up in conversation and if you are not a regular in the lax world, you may too be asking this very popular question so don’t feel like you are the only one. To the outsider they may seem very similar, but this will give the 4 top differences between them.
1. Face-offs/Draws: To start the play of the game, there is always something. In men’s, both players are on the ground, with the ball placed in middle of the two guys, one from each team. Whoever can get to it first, has the quickest reflexes, will be the winner after the whistle is blown. This is known as a face-off. In women’s, the ball is placed in between the two girls’ sticks, while holding it in between their heads in the air. When the whistle is blown, the two players draw the ball up in the air and a certain direction that they place the ball. This is known as a draw.
2. Equipment: The lacrosse sticks and certain equipment that is worn is completely different, too. Compared to each other, the men’s lacrosse stick has a deep pocket to catch and carry the ball. They have different sized sticks, long poles (60″) for the defenders to get the ball away and short sticks for the attackers to make them more agile (30″). They also have to wear a certain level of padding for their safety including helmets, elbow pads, shoulder pads, and gloves. In women’s, the stick is a more of a tight net designed to move, pass, or hit the ball instead of carrying it over a long distance. It is more of a finesse sport with less padding needed. Women only wear goggles and mouth guards.
3. Physicality: Men’s teams are allowed to have a significant amount of body contact during the game, hence the amount of much more needed padding. This is illegal in women’s, since they do not have as much padding. Stick checks are allowed in the women’s game, but they have a variety of rules applied to it. They have to be quick and it cannot be in the women’s invisible head sphere, which can be highly dangerous. No body-checks are allowed either.
4. Number of Players: For the men, only 10 field players are allowed on the field at any given time. Each position has a certain name and function whereas for the women, there are two more players allowed on the field. The women players work in three different groups in a similar fashion, attack, midfield, and defense.
Other than these differences, the two games are quite similar and have the same goal in mind… get the ball in the net and have the higher amount of points.
Men’s vs. Women’s Lacrosse: What’s Different?
Lacrosse is a sport that’s enjoyed equally by men and women. There are a few differences in the sport depending on gender. The three major differences are the amount of contact allowed, equipment, and the dimensions of the playing field.
The primary difference in men’s and women’s lacrosse is that there’s a no body contact rule. A women’s game features all the frantic action and spectacular plays and catches as the men’s game, but contact is carefully monitored. Technical and physical differences, along with the no body contact rule, means there are different equipment requirements for women.
In the U.S., women lacrosse players are only required to wear mouth guards, goggles and gloves. When playing internationally, only a mouth guard is required and goggles are optional. However, as more information about concussions and traumatic brain injuries becomes known in regard to multiple sports, there has been increasing discussion about adding helmets to the women’s gear.
The lacrosse stick in women’s play is also different. It must adhere to a very specific length and the pocket has to be sufficiently shallow so the ball can be seen above the side when it’s held at eye level. The ball is usually yellow, unless the teams both agree to play with a different color.
Dimensions of the playing field are also different in women’s lacrosse. Traditionally, women played on a field that’s slightly larger than the men’s. The typical field for women was 120 yards long and 70 yards wide. Twelve players are on the field during game play.
Modifications were made to the women’s game in 2000 that limited the number of players between restraining lines to five players from each team. The sticks were changed to an offset design and goggles became mandatory in the U.S. in 2002. The adoption of hard boundaries was made in 2006 and defensive rules were changed in 2013 to make the game more similar to the men’s.
There are many other changes and modifications that have been implemented to make the women’s game more closely mirror the way men play. Contact, equipment and field size were the most significant of those alterations, but it doesn’t alter the enthusiasm and excitement on the field.
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What’s the difference between Men and Women Lacrosse Goalies?
Since I am of the male gender a lot of my tips and posts reference the male lacrosse goalies and game.
But what about the women lacrosse goalies? Is playing lacrosse goalie in the women’s game comparable to playing in the men’s game?
In everything that I’ve written is it safe to just swap the words “she” and “he” and assume the piece of advice is still applicable?
In this post, let’s take a look at that.
There are so many differences between the game of men’s and women’s lacrosse that they are often considered two different sports.
The equipment, the field, the sticks, the level of contact, the rules; they all have uniqueness depending on the gender.
But what about the goalies? While there are some small differences, the end result is that the techniques used to play goalie in the men’s game are no different than that of the women’s game.
That said, there are a few differences in the games that warrant how the female goalies should be trained.
Here are some of the differences between the two games and how they slightly effect the goalie play for women.
1. Men’s Sticks have deep pockets while Women’s sticks are shallow
The head of a women’s stick has an extremely shallow pocket compared to the men’s stick. This means that in the women’s game you won’t see the high variation of stick and shot angles that you see in the men’s game.
Most of the shots you’ll see as a female goalie will be overhand or slightly side-arm.
The important point here is make sure your coach shoots on you with a women’s stick during practice.
This way you get accustomed to seeing how the ball releases out of the female stick and not the male stick.
Due to lack of women’s goalie coaches, often times men will be in charge of coaching female lacrosse goalies. Since they’re used to the men’s game they use their own stick and think everything is the same. It’s not.
For example, the underhand shot is completely unique to the men’s game. It’s near impossible (especially at the youth level) with the shallow pocket of the female stick.
2. Most women’s shots will be taken in close proximity
For a variety of reasons the shots that women lacrosse goalies have to save will inevitably be from closer range. This is due to:
- The amount of body checking in the women’s game is far less
- The crease is slightly smaller (8.6 foot radius vs. men’s 9 ft radius)
- Defensive slides cannot come from the crease, must come from the side when an attacker is looking to sho0t (Shooting space foul)
In the women’s game you just don’t see shots from outside 8 yards.
Therefore during our practice with female goalies we want to focus on close range shots and drills which increase reaction time and foot speed in tight.
Also a significant amount of time should be dedicated to saving one-on-one shots.
The technique to make the saves is still the same however women won’t see the high velocity outside shots that are typical in a men’s game.
3. Difference in rules require some slight alterations to the goalie’s game
In the women’s game every player has to freeze/stop on the whistle. So if a goalie chases out a ball and doesn’t win it, their team is toast as a restart happens with the goalie stuck on the sideline or end line.
Therefore, I encourage female goalies to NOT chase out shots unless it’s blatantly clear you’re going to win it.
A fews years back a rule change to the men’s game eliminated the 5 second grace period for goalies after chasing shots. So, this is now a similarity between men’s and women’s lacrosse.
Before the rule change I encouraged men’s goalies to chase out ALL shots even on one’s where there was doubt they could win because the grace period allowed them to get back into the cage before the game restarted. This is now no longer the case.
Another change is that women have 10 seconds to exit the crease upon a save, while men only have 4 seconds.
I still recommend using the same progressions when leading a clear. However women don’t have to be as rushed in their reads.
You can give your team a little more time to break out after a save before exiting the crease to make your way up field.
Throwing outlet passes is exactly the same between the two genders. No difference there.
A final difference in rules is the legal size (length) of the goalie’s stick. In ladies’ game the shaft and head must be between 35-1/2” and 52” while in the men’s game the stick can between 40″ and 72″ long.
Either way, both men and women should use a shaft length that feels comfortable to them. While I played I preferred a shorter shaft as it made the stick feel lighter in my hands.
Well, nearly everything else. Both men and women lacrosse goalies must:
Good save technique is good save technique regardless of gender.
There is no need to add the word female to this question: “How can a female goalie work on improving off-stick hip shots?” Same goes for any other specific technique question – the way a male goalie saves an off-stick hip shot will be the same as the way a female goalie does it.
Therefore for the majority of what you see here on Lax Goalie Rat anytime I only reference male goalies, its purely by accident or habit. Just assume it applies to the women’s game as well.
It’s no surprise that men wear very little protection considering there is a high-speed rubber projectile traveling at them.
Perhaps it’s pure tradition but I ultimately see more pads being introduced into the men’s goalie game with time.
While machismo may prevent the men’s goalies from using additional pads, luckily on the women’s side there isn’t that aspect to deal with.
Men and women goalies use the exact same goalie stick. In fact, check men’s stick setups vs. women stick setups and you’ll see the overlap.
All of the normal equipment used by men will also be used in the women’s game (each link goes to a product that I recommend)-
- Lacrosse Goalie Helmet
- Goalie Throat Protector – Attaches to helmet and protects the throat from taking any shots.
- Chest Protector – The chest protector I recommend for women – STX Sultra Women’s Chest Protector is the first piece of lacrosse equipment specifically designed for women’s bodies.
- Lacrosse Goalie Stick – I prefer the STX Eclipse head with 12 Diamond Mesh on a Warrior Kryptolyte 11 shaft cut to your desired length.
- Women’s Pelvic Protector – I used a supporter designed for ice hockey goalies but since I’m male I had more to lose 🙂 It’s still important for women to protect this area.
- Goalie Gloves with a reinforced thumb – These goalie gloves are also specifically made for women and come in smaller sizes then men’s goalie gloves to accommodate smaller hand sizes.
- Cleats or Turf Shoes – I always preferred mid to high tops to give my ankles more support and protection from shots.
- Mouth Piece – I recommend goalies get fitted with a custom mouthpiece from their dentist. This makes communication on defense much easier. However in the event you cannot afford a custom mouthpiece the attached Shock Doctor makes some nice ones.
Here’s the full break down of all lacrosse goalie gear needed to play in the women’s game.
The equipment listed above is no different from what a men’s field goalie would wear.
There are a few equipment differences between men and women. Shin guards and goalie pants are required in the women’s game while they’re not in the men’s game.
- Lacrosse Goalie Shin guards – You can also use normal soccer shin guards or field hockey shin guards. I don’t recommend baseball catcher shin guards as these are going to restrict your movement too much.
- Lacrosse Goalie Pants – Most goalie pants are too bulky and restrict movement (#1 no no) however these pants by Brine give good freedom of movement while still offering protection to the legs and hips of the female goalies. These lacrosse goalie pants are also made for women.
- Lacrosse Goalie Shoulder Pads – The STX Sultra Women’s Chest Protector I recommend above comes with pads to protect the shoulders. If a goalie is dinged up in the shoulder area or wants additional protection you can velcro an additional shoulder pad onto the chest protector. But remember – don’t restrict movement.
The shoulder pads is an optional piece of equipment so if you feel good in goal without them, by all means don’t use them. However I recommend, especially for 1st time goalies, that you use this extra protection to feel more confident in the cage.
Especially during practice. In games when our adrenaline is running we’re typically ok without any additional padding.
Just because you’re wearing the extra pads doesn’t mean we change our goalie style.
We’re not hockey goalies who block shots with their pads. We’re lacrosse goalies who catch shots with the stick while getting our body behind the ball in the event it misses our stick.
Big difference in style and don’t let the extra padding change the way you play in the goal.
Unfortunately, the lacrosse companies that make goalie equipment have not built many things specific for female goalies.
The same gear that men use is really the only thing available for women even though the body shapes are vastly different.
So if you’re a female goalie be careful about sizing of the equipment, specifically the chest protector as you want to ensure it’s wide enough to fit your full chest.
Ultimately, in the sport of lacrosse goalie is goalie whether you are male or female.
The technique to make saves is the same for men and women, but the game is different. The types of shots female goalies will see differs because of their rules and thus our practices and drills must be customized a little for lady goalies.
However, if you focus on the fundamentals lacrosse goal play, you’ll be a great goalie, regardless of your gender.
Now that you’ve read all that – here’s why the female goalie position IS different.
Until next time! Coach Damon
Any female lacrosse goalies reading LaxGoalieRat.com? Leave me a comment down below.
Lacrosse Mens Vs Womens Rules
Lacrosse Men’s Vs. Women’s
Lacrosse is a widely played sport by women and men of all ages. However, there are some differences when it comes to men’s and women’s leagues. Rules, equipment, and penalties vary depending on if you which team you are watching. Here are some of the distinctions between men’s and women’s lacrosse.
Although the goals of lacrosse are the same, some gameplay situations occur more commonly for women because of the lack of defensive body contact.
Most people find that female players take shots on goal much closer to the goalie than men. This is most likely due to the fact that contact with other players is illegal in women’s lacrosse. This allows players to get closer to the goal because the defense cannot physically box them out.
The number of players varies for men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Men’s lacrosse permits 10 players on the field during a game for each team. These positions are attackers, midfielders, defenders, and a goalie.
Women’s lacrosse permits 12 players per team on the field during the game. These positions typically include attackers (first home, second home, and third home), wings, defensive wings, third man, point, cover point, and a goalie.
The players’ equipment is different for men’s and women’s lacrosse.
Since checking, the act of hitting another player, is allowed in men’s lacrosse, men wear more protective equipment because the game is much more high-contact. They wear helmets, mouthguards and gloves. Since checking is illegal in women’s lacrosse, they only wear mouthguards and eye masks. Girls playing at younger levels wear shin guards for extra protection, too.
Lacrosse sticks vary for men’s and women’s leagues. Men’s lacrosse sticks are permitted to have deeper pockets. Women’s stick netting is much more tightly wound. Because of this, it’s much more difficult to handle the ball in a woman’s stick rather than a man’s.
Lacrosse sticks vary in length for all positions in men’s lacrosse. For women, they are all the same length.
Men wear a lot of protective padding because their version of the sport permits a lot more contact than the women’s sport. It should be noted that men’s games are much more aggressive than women’s. Protective padding includes helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads and gloves.
For men, any contact to the head or high hits on another player’s body will result in a non-releasable penalty.
For women, any contact to another player’s head or high hits on another player’s body is deemed illegal and can result in a yellow or red card penalty
Men’s lacrosse begins with a face-off. To begin a men’s lacrosse game, the ball is placed in between two opposing players. Whichever player can race to the ball first gets to begin the game with possession.
Women’s lacrosse begins with a draw. At the beginning of a women’s lacrosse game, a player from each team meets in the center of the field and they face off for a ball that’s placed in between their two sticks’ heads. After the whistle is blown, the players compete for possession of the ball.
Does it matter that the same sport has different rules?
Although there are quite a few distinctions between men’s and women’s lacrosse, it is important to note that a lot of both leagues’ strategies are the same.
Both leagues both aim to score low on their goalie. Communication is still key among the offense and the defense. Speed, agility, and hand-eye coordination are essential. A lot of their intentions are the same across the board. Lacrosse is still a competitive team sport where each team is striving to score the most goals and outrun their opponents.
Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse: What Are the Differences?
Men’s and women’s lacrosse is basically the same game, except for a few distinct differences. There are different styles of play and, in some cases, the gear may also be different, especially when it comes to size. Even though the differences may cause men and women to play somewhat differently, the ultimate goal is still to control the ball and score as many points as possible.
When it comes to checking, men are allowed to check while women are not. However, a legal check during a men’s game may still result in one of the players being injured. This is why men wear more equipment than women. During a women’s match, stick checks, as well as body checks, are against the rules and those who violate the rules are penalized. If you are unsure of what constitutes a check, always ask before the play starts.
Equipment Size and Specifics
For women lacrosse players, all of the sticks, except for those used by the goalie, are the same size. For men, the length of their stick will depend on what position they play. An offensive player will use a shorter stick while goalkeepers and defensive players will use much longer sticks. Another difference has to do with the mesh of both men’s and women’s sticks. Men’s sticks are now made with a mesh netting, while women’s sticks are still strung in a more traditional fashion.
Players, Play and Field Size
Women’s matches are played on a larger field than what men normally play on. A men’s field is almost 30 yards shorter than the standard playing field for women. Another big difference is that a woman’s roster contains 12 players, while a man’s team only has 10. There is also a difference in how games begin when it comes to men and women. While women use a draw or toss the ball up between the two centers, men have a face-off in which one player from each side tries to gain control of the ball from a crouched stance.
Lacrosse is a game of great intensity and strategy. Make sure to always follow the rules of fair gameplay and above all, have fun!
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What’s The Difference Between Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse?
Lacrosse is an interesting team sport where the players try to get the rubber ball into a goal by carrying it in a long stick. This stick also called the lacrosse stick comes with a net at one end of it and is used to run, carry, pass or shoot the ball with the help of the net attached to the stick. Lacrosse is an athletic and active game and imparts excellent competitiveness and exercise for the players. Lacrosse is indeed the fastest game on two feet and is popular with schools, colleges, and is successful as a professional sport as well.
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Men and Women Lacrosse Games
Lacrosse is one of the best sports for both men and women players. But the men and women lacrosse games are different and there are multiple technical and physical differences between the two games, creating two different variations of the Lacrosse game. The major differences between the two games are the style of play, number of players in the field, equipment, and dimensions of the field. The major difference between the men’s and women’s games is that body contact with the lacrosse stick is allowed in the men’s lacrosse game, whereas it is not allowed in the women’s game. Other major differences between the men’s and women’s lacrosse games are discussed below.
Major Differences Between the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Game
Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse games have a lot in common. They are both fast and intense games that rely on extreme physical stamina and hand to eye co-ordination. The main objective of the game is to get a little rubber ball in the net as many times as possible and the differences between the two games are given below.
1. Differences in the gameplay:
There is a major difference in how the games start and how the game resumes following a score. In the men’s lacrosse game, they have a face-off, where the player from each team fight for control of the ball from a crouched position. Whereas in the women’s game, they perform a draw, where the ball is placed at the center, between the two teams. The players stand toe to toe and wait to air the ball at the blow of the whistle.
In the men’s game, three attackers should remain on the offensive side of the field and three defensemen should remain on the defensive side of the field. The three midfielders can roam on the entire field. Defenders can also enter the offensive zone, in certain situations. Similarly, in the women’s game, out of the twelve players, only seven players are allowed below the restraining line.
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2. Checking and No-checking:
Male lacrosse players have to face the constant threat of getting poked or bumped with sticks and some rules disqualify violent checking. But even the appropriate and legal checks carry a risk of injury. They are in a position to protect themselves with appropriate safety gear. In the women’s lacrosse game, all types of body checks and stick checks that might hit the player will result in a penalty, and thus the gear requirement is minimal. Female players should wear mouth guards and goggles, and helmets and protective padding are reserved for goalies.
3. Differences in the game accessories:
It will be easy for women lacrosse players to pick up their sticks as the size range of the sticks of all positions is the same, except for the goalie. But in the men’s game, the length of the stick varies by position. Short length sticks are for offensive players, whereas longer sticks are for goalkeepers and defenders.
The mesh on the women’s lacrosse sticks mimics the traditional style sticks with thick shooting strings that run lengthwise. There is also a shallow sidewall that gets ball handling much difficult in the women’s game. The mesh pockets in the men’s lacrosse game feature traditional stringing along with mesh netting to help with a nice and soft pocket. Thus it is easy to hold a ball easily with this mesh pocket. The pockets that are used in the men’s game are not legal to be used in the women’s game.
4. Size of the playing field and roaster size:
The major difference between the men’s and women’s lacrosse game is the numbers. The Men’s lacrosse game has 10 players, with three players on each side of the field positions – attacker, midfielder, and defense and a goalie). The women’s game has 12 players – five offensive players and six defensive players and a goalie.
The women’s playing area is large and has a standard playing area of 120 x 70-yard surface. The field dimension of the men’s lacrosse game is 110 x 60-yards. The women’s field surface can be at least 30 yards longer than a standard men’s field. Previously, the women’s game has unlimited boundaries, and they can use the natural game space of the playing area. But this rule has been replaced to promote offense and to make the game complete quickly.
5. Rules on cradling:
Cradling is common in both men’s and women’s game to keep the ball securely in the stick. The proper cradling technique is mandatory to keep the ball in position and to perform an easy pass or hit a goal. As there are nobody checks in the women’s game, it is possible to maintain a tight cradle motion between the shoulder and the ear. In men’s games, the players keep their sticks a little farther to deal with the body checks in their game.
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The men’s and the women’s lacrosse game differ from each other in several aspects that we have discussed above. Despite the differences, both the game has a common goal of competing at the highest level and accumulating scores for the game. They should also render excellent entertainment for the on-lookers through their tricky and exciting movements. Nevertheless, the lacrosse game is fun both to play and to watch.
Inequalities in men and women’s lacrosse – The MoCo Student
There are many aspects of lacrosse that differ between men and women. The difference in amount of violence, players, and equipment can be used to describe the few similarities and many differences between the two sports. Men’s and women’s lacrosse have many of the same goals, yet are played in completely different ways. The reasoning as to why such differences exist in both genders’ sports is being questioned very much today. Why men are allowed to be so much more physical and violent when playing the sport and women are not may seem unfair and sexist to many lacrosse players, fans, or others.
The amount of violence in men’s lacrosse is much larger than the amount in women’s lacrosse. Men are allowed to be in full contact with the other players and block shooting as they please, and are allowed to physically stand in the way of shots and hit others with their sticks. Men can also place force and hit with their sticks doing an action called checking. This can be done onto other players bodies, and sticks, putting the risk of injury very high for men. On the other hand, women’s lacrosse does not legally allow checking towards the body or sticks of others. Many people in our society today do not agree with the difference in the amount of violence between men’s and women’s lacrosse. Many people are beginning to question why women are made to play this sport with much less physical contact than men are. People are wondering why men were made to play with so much violence and interactions with other people and women were made to play this game with many more restrictions and rules concerning contact and physical interactions with others.
Besides the rules of physical contact differing between men’s and women’s lacrosse, the size of the playing field, equipment amount, and the actual sticks have many differences and some similarities. For example, the playing field for men is thirty yards shorter than the field for women. Also, the way the game starts off is much different for men and women. Men start off with something called a face-off. The ball is placed in between the two pockets on the grass. The men each put force against each others sticks and the ball to end up with one of the players getting possession of the ball. Whereas in women’s lacrosse, the players are not on the ground. They use their force to push the ball up into the air and reach with their sticks to get the ball. This way, one of the girls will get possession to start off the game.
There are also differences in the equipment. The pockets of a man’s stick are much larger than a woman’s. Women’s sticks must have a pocket that is small enough that the ball is still showing and stands above the top of the stick head. The larger pocket is necessary for men’s lacrosse, for there is much more contact between the players and checking against the sticks, so the ball has a much better chance of coming out of the stick, because of the impact the other players put on it. In women’s lacrosse, the amount of checking is not as severe as it is in men’s, so the pocket is able to be smaller and stay secure. Although these differences show large changes in the way the game is played for each gender, there are still some similarities with the basics of the game and the overall goal.
The goal of the game is completely the same for both genders: to control the ball and score as many points as possible. Once this goal is reached by one team, they have won the game. Another similarity is the amount of padding the goalies wear. Both goalies must wear a large amount of padding, for the risk of injury is very large, for them. Since the goal of the game is to make the most amount of goals without the goalie blocking the shot, the shooter must put as much force as possible against the ball to make a shot. Because the players are putting all of their force against the goal and the goalie, the goalie must wear a large amount of padding in both men’s and women’s lacrosse.
In conclusion, the sport of lacrosse for men and women has a large amount of differences, but the same overall goal. The question as to why men have the ability to be much more violent when playing the sport and women do not is still being asked and will most likely be asked for years on. Both sports for each gender are capable of giving people happiness, friends, and is an enjoyable activity for many. Lacrosse can help many people stay in shape and stay healthy while enjoying playing a team sport.
Article by Isabella Grabo of Herbert Hoover Middle School
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90,000 DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WOMEN’S AND MEN’S GOLF CLUBS | COMPARE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SIMILAR TERMS – LIFE
The difference between women’s and men’s golf clubs lies in various factors such as length, grip, shaft, weight, etc. Men and women play many sports, and golf is
Women’s and men’s golf clubs
The difference between women’s and men’s golf clubs lies in various factors such as length, grip, shaft, weight, etc.E. Men and women are involved in many sports and golf is one of them. This sport is played all over the world and there seems to be no difference between the equipment and accessories used by both genders, but upon closer inspection it becomes clear, that there are subtle differences based on playing style, strength, and other physical differences between men and women in general. This article attempts to highlight the differences between male and female golf clubs so that players can choose a golf club that is more appropriate for their gender and playing style.
What are the characteristics of the women’s golf club?
Women’s golf clubs specially made for women golfers. Due to the difference in height and strength between men and women, women’s golf clubs are shorter, more flexible and lighter in weight. It’s no secret that female golfers have a much lower swing speed than men (again, due to the difference in their physical strength). This is forcing manufacturers to make design and building material changes so that women players can get the most out of their golf clubs.Due to the smaller grip of the female hands, one can see that the grip of the female golf club is much smaller than that of the male golf club.
The main differences between male and female golfer are differences in height, physical strength and muscle. Women tend to swing more slowly, which is the main reason why manufacturers need to make golf clubs more flexible. This provides more opportunities for female players. These clubs are also kept light to deal with the issue of lower swing speed of female players.Lighter golf clubs allow female players to hit faster. The length of the club is also kept short so that female players can adjust and hit the ball naturally.
What are the special features of a men’s golf club?
Men’s golf clubs are specially designed for male strength and body mass to enable male golfer to play successfully. Because men are generally taller than women, men’s golf clubs are longer.In addition, since the swing is heavier for men, the barbells of men’s clubs are made of steel. Graphite-core golf clubs are only used by older men and juniors when it comes to men’s golf clubs, as these two age groups have a slower stroke.
Although there are companies specializing in men’s and women’s golf clubs, it is a fact that the same technology is used by companies to make golf clubs for men and women.There are also companies that only make cosmetic changes to clubs, such as changing the color of the handle to pink to make it look more feminine. Therefore, it makes sense to buy women’s golf clubs after careful comparison with men’s golf clubs.
Today it is possible to make custom golf clubs for players regardless of gender. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, you can get the exact golf club that suits your playing style and physical characteristics.
What is the difference between women’s and men’s golf clubs?
There are obvious differences between men and women in golf that stem from gender. Women are shorter and have much less muscle than men. They also have a lower turning speed. These differences require changes in golf clubs, and they are reflected in women’s golf clubs being shorter, lighter and more flexible.
• Women’s golf clubs are shorter than men’s golf clubs.
• Women’s golf clubs are slightly larger and lighter than men’s golf clubs.
• Most women’s golf rods have graphite rods.
• Steel men’s bootlegs. Graphite-core golf clubs are only used by older men and juniors when it comes to men’s golf clubs.
• Men’s golf club grips are longer and larger in diameter than women’s golf club handles.
• Because men have more strength, their golf clubs are heavier than women’s golf clubs.
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- Lady Golfer by Tbmurray (CC BY 2.0)
- Woods driving in 2007, Keith Allison (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Panties – (from the English “trousers” – trousers) – sports short pants (tight or loose), depending on the type of sport.Traditional underpants, unlike shorts (from the English “short” – short), cover the lower torso and upper legs.
Hockey Pants – A protective element that covers everything from the top of the knee guard to the bottom of the bib. The list of body parts covered by hockey pants includes the thighs, lower spine, tailbone, kidneys, and even lower ribs.
In addition, some briefs will have some padding in other areas as well. Underpants serve as protection against possible injury resulting from collisions and falls, hits with a puck and a stick.
All hockey pants look almost the same and consist of three main parts that differ in level: outer shell – casing , padding and lining material .
The casing is usually made from durable nylon fabric and some kind of stretch material or mesh to provide greater mobility and comfort. The more expensive panties will use a denser and stronger nylon fabric, which contributes to durability and cut resistance.These briefs can also have zippers on the inside of the leg for those who like to put on the briefs after putting on their skates. The stretch fabric is located primarily on the inside of the leg in the groin area. The fabric provides mobility and greater range of stride movement, and improves breathability. Some of the cheapest panties have only one piece of stretch fabric going from front to back, while most high-end panties have 4-way elasticity.High-level briefs may have additional elastic or ventilation mesh inserts in other places.
Padding: Padding can be made from different foams of different densities and placed on the inner surface to provide protection for specific areas. As a rule, all panties have shields on the front of the thighs and pelvic area, shields that protect the tailbone and kidneys. The higher the level, the thicker the pads in these areas, and there may be additional pads in places such as the space between and behind the thighs.
Lining can be composed of specially wicking and antibacterial fabrics to avoid moisture and odor build-up.
Traditionally, hockey pants are held by on suspenders, but now most models have a combination of lacing, buckles, zippers and Velcro.
The main and fundamental difference between cowards is the expected level of play. It is worth determining what works best based on the level of confrontation.Distinguish between initial , advanced and professional level.
First-time ice hockey players or recreational non-contact hockey players do not need the same protection that advanced hockey players require. Thus, such briefs are much more affordable and provide an appropriate degree of protection for this level.
Foam protectors and hard plastic reinforcements are located in key impact areas: kidneys, thighs and coccyx.Durable nylon provides good outer wear resistance, while a belt and drawstring system keep the panties at the waist. Soft, comfortable lining helps wick sweat and moisture away from the inside.
Underpants of this level should be used as a minimum option for any player entering the league. They are also intended for players who are involved in more competitive games as they offer much more protection.They also offer excellent value for money.
Multi-layer foam and other modern protective materials provide better shock absorption at stronger physical contact. Along the entire perimeter, the briefs cover the key areas of influence much better. Outside, in areas of increased wear, anti-wear panels are used for added strength, while some have ventilation zones for better breathability. Additional features include a length adjustment system that is ideal for those growing up.A softer lining provides greater comfort and wicks away sweat and moisture more effectively. Some liners even include technologies that prevent the formation of odor-causing bacteria.
This category offers maximum protection, coverage and comfort for elite level hockey players. Manufacturers also use only the finest materials here. Only at this price point can you find the most advanced foams and composites that provide incredible absorption of force from impacts and falls.Most foams help keep the underpants light by preventing moisture absorption. The outer material is characterized by increased wear resistance and excellent appearance. The briefs have a wide range of adjustment options. Interior comfort is created by a wide range of premium materials, which also absorb moisture and reduce odors best.
Choosing the right profile / fit is a personal preference, but your playstyle can make a difference, too.There are basic fit options: traditional , tapered , contoured and ergonomic .
Regular fit with high volume provides a wider fit at the waist and legs while providing maximum protection. It is a great choice for defenders or physical hockey players who use power moves most often.
This profile balances mobility and reach as it still has the traditional lower leg fit but provides a snug fit at the waist.This is a great choice for a dynamic player who plays a fast game, but is not afraid to translate it into a physical one.
The contoured fit is the opposite of the traditional fit, which means it fits snugly to the body and offers the least internal volume. This reduces space and provides the player with better responsiveness and mobility.
Designed for optimal player performance.Requires taking into account the characteristics of the figure, stance and step. The design gives the panties a truly ergonomic fit, allowing the player to assume a natural pose more easily than with traditional panties.
Along with traditional shorts, manufacturers offer hockey girdles. (Fig. 09/10)
Girdles (from the English Girdle – Belt) is a form-fitting garment that covers the lower torso, extends below the hips and is often worn for shape or support.It can be worn for aesthetic or medical reasons. During sports or treatment, the belt can be worn as a compression garment.
The traditional style briefs look like a one-piece, one-piece construction, while the girdles have removable covers and a tight-fitting inner protective liner that contains padding and elastic material. The girdles have a cut that naturally follows the contours of the body. Most are more adjustable than briefs.
The biggest difference between hockey pants and girdles is how they sit. Hockey pants are loose, can only fit snugly at the waist or are held on by suspenders. The girdles fit snugly like compression shorts.
The girdles should be covered with covers , which are thin nylon briefs that are worn over the girdles. When worn, they look almost the same to the uninitiated, and from a distance it will be difficult to tell if a player is wearing hockey pants or girdles.
Choosing the right length is another difference between briefs and handles. In the case of hockey shorts, when standing upright, the bottom of the shorts should drop about a third or half of the knee. This slight overlap ensures that you are fully covered when driving. Since the girdles fit snugly around the leg, it is not possible to overlap the knee. For this reason, the girdles should be slightly shorter.
It really comes down to personal preference. Some people like the tight feel of the handles and will say they are lighter and offer more range of motion.Players who like hockey pants often say they like the freer feeling and don’t feel constrained.
Both panties and girdles of a suitable size will provide good protection. In addition, the girdles can have a built-in shell, whereas in the underpants it is not provided. Finally, many people prefer underpants because they are more traditional. Hockey pants were around long before there were girdles, and for that reason alone, so many people stick with them. The popularity of girdles is growing and more and more professional and amateur hockey players are switching to them.
Also, it is worth mentioning the hockey pants used in the early 80s of the last century. The patented design was used by some NHL teams for a couple of years before being completely banned by the league.
Briefs are one of the few types of hockey equipment designed and manufactured specifically for women.
Male and female proportions are different due to the difference in skeletons. If women have the widest part of the hips, and the waist, in contrast, is the narrowest, then for men the widest part – the shoulders and the width of the waist hardly differs from the width of the hips.
Based on the anatomical differences between men and women, manufacturers of hockey equipment offer and regularly update shorts for women, designating them with the letter W (Woman).
Pro Stock (Professional Stock – Professional Stock / Custom Stock).
Customization – Individualization of products according to the orders of specific consumers by introducing constructive or design changes (usually at the final stages of the production cycle).
Professional players have the opportunity to order equipment adapted to their specific needs. For example, to reinforce certain areas of the underpants to avoid injury, provided that certain defensive functions are performed (such as blocking shots).
In general, hockey shorts are easy to care for. You should dry them immediately after use and inspect them from time to time for damage. If you find any scuffs or cuts, patch them up before they get too big.If you do this, well-made briefs can easily last a decade or more. Wash your underpants once or twice a season in the washing machine, if the capacity of the drum allows. On many models, the hip guards are removable to reduce the volume of the panties. If you wish, you can always use the ozone cleaning service.
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90,000 5 differences between the Russian women’s hockey team and the men’s – Hockey
The Russian women’s national team – the current medalist of the World Championship
A man’s – no.A funny fact, in fact. It is clear that the men’s team has a much richer history, in which there are gold medals at the world championships and prize-winning places in the Olympics, but right now the alignment is as follows: Chekanov’s team won bronze medals at the last championship, and Bill’s players last year finished the tournament ahead of schedule in the quarterfinals with Americans.
The 2013 World Cup in Ottawa became triumphant for the Russians: out of six matches, they lost only one – the semifinals with the hosts.But the results against the North American teams are as predictable as the fact that winter starts in December; The USA and Canada are too top division now and play gold, as a rule, among themselves.
Well, the meeting of the Russians with the Finns for the bronze became the decoration of that world championship.
If you are not going to waste your time on the entire video, rewind at least to the very end – the joy of these bronze medal girls is worth watching.
From that composition of the Russian national team, 17 hockey players arrived in Sochi – Chekanov’s team has very specific claims for Olympic medals.
The Russian women’s national team plays spectacular hockey
No offense to Zinetula Bilyaletdinov and his team, but at the last stages of the Eurotour it was difficult to watch the attacking game without obscene vocabulary. The best representatives of the Continental League first of all tried to keep their goal intact, and the remaining forces were thrown into the attack.It turned out quite mediocre, and then, and another, but it all looked very, very boring. And you are afraid of just the thought that in Sochi the team can play something like that.
Chekanov’s team, in the first match of the Olympic tournament with the Germans, clearly demonstrated how to act in attack. It is clear that women’s hockey is too emotional to dig in its zone, but the same game of the German national team, which clearly dreamed of drying up the 0: 1 score, is not typical for Russian women.
They are not afraid to take the game on themselves and to dribble even against three or four opponents, they gorgeously close the board in a foreign zone, they know how to play in front of someone else’s goal and put pressure on an opponent who is planning to take a breath.All this is about the Russian national team, which inflicted 37 shots on goal of the German team. Perhaps the day after tomorrow everything will be different (these are girls), but today it is.
For the Russian women’s national team, the main goalkeeper may get pregnant before the main tournament
Of course, this point is more related to the biology textbook than to hockey, but, unfortunately, this fact can have a great impact on the final distribution of places. The fact is that Nadezhda Aleksandrova, recognized a year ago as the best goalkeeper of the World Championship and already having experience in performing at the Olympics, misses the current tournament due to pregnancy.This hockey player can be called one of the main reasons for the success in Ottawa, but now you have to do without her.
The candidacy chosen by the coaching staff of the national team for the match with Germany was somewhat surprising. Waiting for Anna Prugova in heavy goalkeeper ammunition turned out to be our problems – Anna appeared, but only on the bench. The place at the gate was taken by Yulia Leskina. Of the 15 shots on target Russia only one flew – and that goal can hardly be called a non-take. Certain difficulties also arise in situations when the puck jumps towards the owners’ goal.As for the rest, Leskina played reliably, rescuing the team in two or three dangerous moments. But the conclusions on her game are still very ambiguous.
In the women’s national team of Russia, hockey players with an age difference of 24 years can go on the ice
It is strange to imagine, but when in June 1997 Anna Shokhina made her parents happy with her birth, the striker of the Russian national team Ekaterina Pashkevich was already 24 years old, three of which she played in a jersey of the national team. 15 years later, Shokhina will make her debut for the senior national team, and Pashkevich will return to it after finishing her career.Now both hockey players, one of whom is suitable for the other in the mother, go out in the same link at the Olympics.
In general, the story of Pashkevich is quite amazing and deserves much more than a couple of paragraphs – the striker, who said goodbye to the game after the Olympics in Turin, worked in America as an electrician, coached students. Going to make a comeback to the national team for the Games in Vancouver, she tore her cruciate ligaments, but did not give up her goal. For this, she even returned from overseas to play in the domestic championship.
It is more pleasant to watch the Russian women’s team
Some of the men’s team’s hockey players have already arrived in Sochi, but, according to colleagues, they were not noticed to be too sociable, and any interview of an average KHL player can be predicted with an accuracy of 70%.
It is much easier with Chekanov’s team in this regard: as girls, they are unlikely to get tired of excessive attention, but all of them perfectly understand that they represent all women’s hockey in the country – not the most popular, by the way, type.
“We most often agree to such photo shoots because it is a propaganda of women’s hockey. Great PR for our sport. And then everyone thinks that we are toothless pitching. In fact, all our girls are beautiful, pretty. We show that on the ice we are animals, but in life we are completely different, ”- the goalkeeper of the Russian national team Anna Prugova reveals the topic in an interview with“ Soviet Sport ”. Photos of her and her teammates in swimsuits are very popular on the Internet. However, Russian hockey players can be admired without additional make-up with spotlights.
Olympic hockey tournament. Women
Russia – Germany – 4: 1 (0: 0, 0: 1, 4: 0)
0: 1 – 26.48 Bush (Anwander, Weisser)
1: 1 – 45.04 Gavrilova (Khomich, Smolentseva)
2: 1 – 48.49 Sosina (Dubanok, Burina), GB
3: 1 – 49.27 Smolentseva (Shibanova)
4: 1 – 52.15 Sosina (Dubanok, Smolentseva)
Goalkeepers: Leskina 14/15 – Harrer 33/37.
Photo: REUTERS / Grigory Dukor, Anna Prugovoy’s VKontakte page
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Floorball is one of the varieties of hockey, and floorball is most often compared to hockey. In Sweden, for example, floorball is called ‘Innebandy’, in Russian it means “bandy in the hall”. In this article, we will consider the main features of betting on this sport, and also tell you which Russian bookmakers, despite its unpopularity, are ready to accept floorball bets.
Game description: Scandinavian love and hegemony
This dynamic sport was most developed in the Scandinavian countries, although the first information about floorball came from the USA in 1958. The company Cosom has released clubs similar to modern floorball, and among children and teenagers, the game called Cosom-hockey has become popular.
The new type of hockey did not require ice, and the equipment was greatly simplified, which is why the discipline attracted attention at the amateur level.And when Cosom clubs were brought to Sweden in the 70s, the inhabitants of this country, who are passionate about ice hockey and outdoor activities, launched floorball development on all fronts.
Floorball has gradually grown from children’s physical exercise into a real sport, in 1986 Finland, Switzerland and Sweden organized the International Floorball Federation. Now it has 55 members, and more than 4,000 clubs and 280,000 registered floorball players play hall hockey around the world.
Floorball is similar to ice hockey in the format of matches: the games consist of three periods of 20 minutes each, the court is of a similar size, and there are five field players and a goalkeeper on the field at the same time as one team.
Hockey sticks, like ball hockey, have a rounded hook. The ball in floorball is round and perforated, with 26 holes, it is very light, and sometimes its speed in the game exceeds 200 kilometers per hour.
The strongest floorball tournaments are the Swedish and Finnish championships, as well as the European Cup and the World Championship. Despite the qualitative development of indoor hockey in recent years, the Scandinavians still have an overwhelming advantage in floorball.
At the World Championships, which are held every two years, Swedes and Finns often compete with semi-amateur teams, so the likelihood of a final between the northerners is extremely high each time.
Types of floorball bets
For the outcome . A line found in all game types. As in ice hockey, in floorball, bookmakers usually accept bets on the outcome in regular time, with three options: a win for the first team, a draw or a win for the second team. Draws are more common in national championships than in world competitions.
Double chance . Here you can play it safe a little and make a prediction that at least one of the teams will not lose.
Handicap . Sometimes a team comes up to a certain match in good shape, but the level is still not enough to really fight for victory. Then with the help of a handicap of +1.5 or +2.5 it is possible to predict the struggle in the match – the underdogs in floorball often press the favorites.
To total . A bet on the number of goals in regular time above / below a certain level. For example, in the Swedish men’s championship, an average of 11 goals are scored per game, and the most common bookmaker totals are 10.5 and 11.5.
For separate periods . All of the above bets, as a rule, can be made not only on the match, but also on the results of certain periods. Some teams take a long time to roll into the game, others are more resilient, so the line for periods may be of interest.
Long-term tournament bets . It is not so easy to determine in advance the winner of a tournament in more popular sports, but in floorball, if we are talking about the world championship, the situation is different.The whole analysis here mainly comes down to a comparison of the compositions, preparation and current form of the two teams, and for the final Swedish championship the coefficient is usually much lower than one and a half.
How to bet on floorball: attention to detail
For successful floorball betting you will have to study all the latest information and statistics, which are available mainly on sites in Swedish or Finnish. If you do not know these languages, arm yourself with an online translator and pay attention to the following factors.
Changes in the composition of . Floorball, like other game types, has its own star players. Therefore, in case of injury or illness of a strong floorball player, you should be the first to know about it in order to correctly assess the line for the match.
In the offseason in the Swedish and Finnish championships, transfers take place, which also need to be monitored: a strengthened underdog can suddenly turn into a contender for the championship.
Particular attention should be paid to the readiness of the goalkeeper.In floorball, the goalkeeper is triple-loaded and is the most important part of the team. The best goalkeepers in clubs do not often have comparable replacements, so an unexpected injury to a goalkeeper can seriously affect one side’s chances.
The current form is . The fatigue factor is not so important in floorball, as the break between matches is usually a whole week. But some teams may be in a black psychological band and perform below their level in series, which may be caused by problems with the coach, management and other “shadow” things.
It should be noted that women’s floorball is more susceptible to such positive and negative streaks, while teams perform more evenly in men’s championships.
Performance . These are the statistics that are the easiest to find on the Internet, and they will greatly help you in total betting.
Some teams are trying to create more and overwhelm their opponents with quick combinations, while others rely more on the goalkeeper’s courage and massive defense.Most of the teams play better in the third period, but there are rare exceptions.
Statistics of deletions . Floorball also has penalties, some teams and players tend to play harder and get penalties on a regular basis.
This is often a strategic choice, as being outnumbered in floorball does not provide such a colossal playing advantage as in ice hockey. But this factor still has a price when evaluating handicaps and totals.
Stage and format of the tournament .First of all, you need to understand the difference between men’s and women’s floorball. Women break the rules much less often, and in their matches the performance is not as high as among men.
The stage of the tournament also matters – group stage, regular season or playoffs. Teams have different motivations at different stages of the season and tournaments. For example, in the group stages of national team tournaments, the totals are an order of magnitude higher due to the relaxed and open play of favorites against deep underdogs.
In national championships at the end of the regular season, like football, a team struggling to survive is likely to defeat the middle peasant who has lost its tournament motivation.In the playoffs, the matches are generally more tactical, and the likelihood of a loud sensation is noticeably reduced.
Which bookmakers accept floorball bets
Not all legal offices in Russia provide regular lines for floorball. This sport is not very popular in the country, and due to low demand, some bookmakers neglect offers for indoor hockey. Often, floorball appears in the lines only during the largest tournaments.
Nevertheless, you can bet on floorball in offices famous for wide lines (however, even they do not offer a really rich selection of bets).A complete list of such offices can be found in a special rating of bookmakers for choosing bets, but we will mention some companies that are ready to offer a bet on this rather exotic sport. The link in the name of the company leads to the review page of a particular bookmaker, where basic information about it is presented:
For example, “1xBet” during the world championships gives quite generous odds with a lower margin of 5 percent.
Betting on floorball in Russia should be viewed as entertainment rather than a way of earning money.Even if you find tempting odds, the betting limits will be significantly limited compared to more popular sports.
In any case, it is advisable to prepare even a small bet thoughtfully and carefully, adapting your approach to each match, otherwise you can simply waste time in search of a win-win strategy.