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No. Use of the stick above the shoulder is explicitly banned and can be penalised quite harshly. The only exception is that a defender can use the stick above the shoulder only to deflect a shot at goal: actually hitting the ball results in a penalty stroke; using the stick above the shoulder when it is not going in results in a penalty corner.

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Q: Can the hockey stick be lifted above the shoulders to hit a ball?
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