How to Pick a Head for You!
Lacrosse sticks have come a LOOOOONG way from the original wood and leather stick, but now it seems like there are a million different types of heads, which leads to the age old question "Which one do I pick?" Well, ComLax to the rescue! It's true there are a TON of different lacrosse heads on the market, but you need to pick one that is right for YOUR style of play and position because YOU want to have the correct equipment when going into battle. When choosing a head, you must remember: "its not the wand, its the magician." But hopefully this guide can atleast point you into the right direction.
These are heads that are only allowed in Youth and High School, such as the STX Stallion and Brine Clutch
These are typically heads ending in U or X. These heads, such as the Clutch Elite X and the Super Power U, can be used at any level; High School or College. These sticks meet requirements of both NCAA and NFHS rule books.
These heads are specifically designed for the NCAA and have a narrower scoop and standard 3 inch throat design. Examples include the Brine Clutch X6 or Warrior Evo X6
Sticks For Beginners:
If you are a newcomer to the sport of Lacrosse and are looking to work on the basic skills needed to advance, consider the Warrior Outlaw, Brine Witness-X, Maverik Bad Boy or STX Viper 2. All of these heads offer wide catching areas and moderate angled scoops that will help players learn the basics of catching, throwing and scooping ground balls.
Selecting a Head by Position:
When you get a little more advanced in the sport, you'll want to start targeting your purchase of a lacrosse head by position so you can get something that will last a bit longer. Often you see a young player with a head that looks like it was put on Willy Wonka’s “taffy puller“ by being so warped and becomes extremely flimsy.
Defensemen need stiff heads that can put up with all the beatings you will be giving out. Also a wider head doesn’t mean you can’t catch, it just means you are going to be taking up more of the passing lane. We recommend heads along these lines:
Midfielders need to have a head that will be able to perform on both sides of the ball - defensive and offense. As a midfielder, you are responsible for covering both ends of the field so you need a head that will offer strength and stability on defense, yet also gives you a smooth releases and power on shots. We recommend heads along these lines:
Warriors Evo3X – Any of the Brine Clutches – Warrior Rabil or STX Super Power
You need to be able to have flexibility and stiffness in different parts of the head which all of these heads can give you. We recommend the Brine Blueprint – STX Surgeon.
For Attackmen we recommend something that is going to be able to protect the ball from those pesky defenders as you are crashing the net or working the ball to the weak side for an easy layup. We recommend heads along these lines:
STX SuperPower – Warrior Evo3X or Evo SL – Any of the Brine Clutches – Warrior’s Cobra X- Maverik Spider
Again these are all just guidelines on what we think is going to be beneficial based on how these heads perform. Lacrosse is a game of individuality in a team sport which is why you see so many different combinations. Pick one that will suit your needs and don’t just pick a head based on color or what your buddy has.