The Nike Alpha U Lacrosse Head is designed to be a lightweight, durable head that was made for defensive minded players. When Nike built the enormously popular Lakota head, they built it with offensive players in mind. With the Alpha, the goal was to build a head as iconic as the Lakota has become, but something that the defense can call their own. Boy, did they ever deliver. Read More
It seems like many industries out there have that "marquee" item that has withstood the test of time and stretched the limits of technology with each release. Think about each release of iconic items like Apple's iPhone, Sony's Playstation Platform and Nike's Air Jordan Lineup - always pushing the boundaries of technology and cool. Read More
The Maverik Union lacrosse shaft is new for 2015 and contains some interesting new approaches to shafts. Maverik has really benefitted after being acquired by Bauer a few years back; their product team has been able to up the ante in research and development in the past few years. This has truly gotten them to parity with all the leading brands in lacrosse today. Read More
The Krypto Pro handle was originally released as a high-end version of their most popular handle of all time, the Kryptolyte. As Warrior became official equipment sponsor of the Major League Lacrosse the Krypto Pro Select Shaft was designed to be a lighter, stronger shaft to be able to handle professional use. The original Krypto Pro featured basic graphics with the Warrior logo and Krypto Pro name. Over the years just like any industry there are trends that come into play that come and go. Within the lacrosse market we have seen the emergence of bright neon color schemes and over the top graphics. Read More
We recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in one of our stores with lacrosse pro Joe Walters. Joe is a 4-time NCAA All-American and also plays in the MLL and NLL. To say he's highly accomplished as a lacrosse player is an epic understatement of gigantic proportions. In addition to playing, Joe also works with Maverik Lacrosse and is an avid user of their gear.
Gear aside, though, we wanted to chat with Joe about tips to help the aspiring lacrosse player practice and become, well, more like Joe. So we whipped out the lacrosse goal and decided to hear from the pro himself on some inside shooting tips and what he does around the net to maximize his shooting opportunities.
Joe discusses a time during his freshman year at Maryland, watching game film after a particular weekend playing against Navy. He noticed that he had a lot of shots in close, but had only converted on a couple of goals. In reviewing the film, he felt as if he should have scored on some of the shots that he perceived as easy.
This is where excellent lacrosse coaching comes into play. The Maryland coach at the time taught his players to not fade away or fade behind the net when shooting in close. The only thing that will do is decrease your angle and lessen your options. The correct move is to step above the goal line with your stick in tight to your chest. Now you have options - far pipe, short side, high, low - because the goalie has to stop off the pipe.
When Joe started doing this, success followed. Just have a look at where some good coaching got Joe!
See Joe's demonstration and Inside Shooting tip here: