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Picking a Lacrosse Head 101:
Lacrosse is a sport that was originally played by Native American's as a medicine game, a war game or a way to help your tribe show your dedication to mother earth and how connected your spirit was with the creator. In the original days lacrosse sticks were wooden sticks hand carved by the individual so that you could connect the game with nature and make a stick your own.
But in modern times we now have companies that can produce high quality plastic heads like; Brine, Warrior, STX, Maverik, Under Armour, Gait and others to give players the latest innovations in the game of lacrosse. But the connection that one has with the stick is something that will never change, your stick is an extension of your personality and playing style. When selecting a head you should look for one that is going to suit your needs and your needs alone.
There are a lot of different heads on the market but the biggest thing is to choose a head that is right for you. One stick may be good for your buddy but it may not be the best choice for you, so you need to figure out what you want in your head and what you may not necessarily need. Lacrosse is an individualized sport in a team game where each player has their own style and no two players are alike.
When selecting a head there are a few things you should look for when making a decision:
What is your experience level?
This is the main factor because there are heads on the market that are based on playing experience and what level you play at. Are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced player?
Beginner: When you are just learning the basics a player who is learning should have a head that has a wide face with a lot of catching area to make catching easier. Having a softer mesh is also a good idea that way the ball doesn't bounce right off like a tennis racquet and it will make cradling easier. Also having a stick with a good scoop will allow beginners to easily pick up the ball.
Intermediate: As players learn the game more you can start to try different types of heads with different face shapes and see which one you want. As players get more advanced they should look for heads that will make their passing/ shooting more accurate and picking up ground balls easier. You can then start to look for heads by the position you play
Advanced: Once you have been playing for many years and are skilled enough you can then transition into heads that are more advanced, narrower and based on position or playing level. You know what type of pocket you like and where you want the ball to sit in the head. At this level you should learn to string your own stick so that you can string your pocket the way you like it.
What position do you play/ What type of player are you?
Within the past couple of years we have seen the manufacturers start to design heads based on position because they were seeing that players at the same position were often using the same head or similar heads. The position you play isn't the defining factor on which head you should buy but it will make it easier for you to narrow heads down.
Offensive: Players who are going to have the offense run through them and will need to be able to control the ball. Offensive players need to be able to pass and shoot with accuracy and power to be successful. These players often want a tighter throat to help keep the ball in the pocket as well as a nice pocket placement so that they can get powerful passes and shots off. These are a few good options to choose for offensive players:
All-Around: These players need to have a stick that can handle playing both sides of the ball; offense and defense. These heads need to be able to protect the ball while carrying it on offense but also need to be able to handle throwing a bunch of checks and intercept passes on defense. On offense they need to be able to throw with accuracy and speed but on defense have the ability to stand up to the everyday beating a defender gives out.
Defensive: Defenders need to be able to stop the offense plain and simple, they need a head that will be able to withstand all the checks and ground balls they encounter. Usually defensive heads are stiffer to prevent from warping the head after many stick checks, but they also need a head that is wide enough so that they can get their stick into passing lanes and intercept a pass.
Goalies: This is pretty simple goalies need to stop the ball so they have the largest heads on the field. They need to be able to have a head that will be able to take up the net but also need it to be accurate enough to make those outlet passes. You want a goalie head that is sturdy enough to handle those fast shots as well as being light enough to make those outlet passes.
Remember you should pick a head that is based what YOU need in a lacrosse head, not what everyone else is using or what your friend said is cool. If you have any questions you can always stop into one of our locations and talk to our lax leads or call our customer service line.