Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s not the wand it’s the Wizard?” Well, that’s not entirely true. A wizard cannot produce magic without his wand just like a LAXBRO cannot produce goals without his SPOON. This guide will help you through the process of selecting the perfect lacrosse head based on your preference. Before we begin, it is important to know that not every lacrosse head is perfect for everyone. There are several factors in a head that accommodate each player such as; legality, weight, durability, mouth width, pinch, and bottom rail configuration. If you want to improve your game and make the right purchase then ask yourself these simple questions to find the best lacrosse head for you.
Before you begin your search, you need to make sure that you choose a head that follows all the rules and regulations for your level of play. You have three options; NFHS, NCAA and UNIVERSAL.
NFHS heads are legal to be used in high school and all levels of youth lacrosse. These heads tend to be very pinched and don’t allow the ball to fall out of the stick as easily making it harder for defenses to stop. That is why you are prohibited to use them in college and the MLL.
NCAA heads allow the mouth width of the head to be more narrow making the mesh sag and grip the ball more at the top of the head. This will add velocity to your shot and make it very difficult for opposing goaltenders. You are not allowed to exploit this in the Youth and High School leagues for safety reasons.
Universal heads are allowed to be used in all levels of play. They follow the minimum requirements for both pinch and mouth width making it an easy transition between divisions.
Are you built for speed? Or are you built to destroy?
First you need to figure out what type of player you are based on your abilities or position you want to play. If you want to be a more offensive-minded player then try and find something light and flexible. If you want to play defense then try and find something more durable and stiff. Your lacrosse stick is a reflection of yourself and that is why you don’t see “The Flash” holding THOR’s hammer.
Attackmen/(Finesse players) are going to want heads that weigh between 4.5 and 4.8 ounces. This will maximize your shot velocity on offense but can be vulnerable on defense. For example: STX Super Power +
Midfielder/ (Versatile players) need a head that weighs between 4.7 and 5.0 ounces. Midfielders play both offense and defense, it’s ideal to use heads that are light enough to score goals yet durable enough to deliver hard stick checks on defense. For example: Maverik Centrik
Long-Pole-Midfielder/(Grinder) is a player that delivers several irritating stick checks in a short amount of time. They are also known to clear and score big goals making the ideal head weight between 4.8 and 5.1 ounces. For example: Warrior Regulator
Defensemen/(Destroyers) are strong intimidating defensemen that deliver devastating checks that cause a lot of damage to your opponent. If your skill set is similar to this then you are going to want a head that is more durable, but with durability comes added weight like THOR’s hammer. For Example: STX Hammer
What is “Mouth Width” and how much do I need?
The “mouth” is the widest part of the lacrosse head. The wider the mouth, the easier it is to pick up ground balls and catch. Defensemen and midfielders are encouraged to get heads with wide mouths because gaining offensive possession will put your team in position to score more goals and make game winning plays. Attackmen and experienced sharpshooters are encouraged to get a head with a narrow mouth. You will grip the ball more and add more whip to your shot. But keep in mind, with added “whip” comes less accuracy.
How much pinch do you need?
For those of you who don’t know, “pinch” is the measurement of space between the two sidewalls of the lower part of the lacrosse head. Most players believe it is more beneficial to have “pinched” sidewalls, meaning the closer the sidewalls are together the better, but that is not always the case. The greatest benefit of having a pinched head is it creates a better channel in the pocket of your stick making it more accurate when you throw. The “pinch” in your stick will also allow the mesh to grip the ball better and make it harder for defensemen to take the ball away. With that being said, the more “pinched” or narrow the head is, the harder it is to catch. It is recommended for players to get a wider head with less “pinch” if they are new to the sport or struggle catching. Based on your specific skill set, you need to choose the head that will enhance your strengths and cover up your weaknesses.
What type of Bottom Rail Configuration do I need?
The bottom rail is the plastic beam that has strategically placed sidewall stringing holes that allow your mesh to be strung to the head. The position of these sidewall holes and the curve of the bottom rail will have a huge impact on how the stick throws. The position of your pocket is determined by where the bottom rail curves the most. If you are player who prefers a high pocket then you are going to want a high or level 5 bottom rail. If you prefer a low pocket, then you will benefit more from a low or level 1 bottom rail.
High/ Level 5 Bottom Rail: If you are the player who likes a lot of whip on his stick then look no further than a level 5 bottom rail. This will allow the mesh to sag more at the top of the head and add extra velocity on your shot. This is Perfect for long range shooters that like to post up, and crank.
Mid-High/ Level 4 Bottom Rail: Aggressive bottom rail transition that will provide increased power and more hold over the ball. This bottom rail is perfect for long range shooters that also like to shoot on the run. This bottom rail will not have the same velocity potential as the Level 5, but it will be more accurate and still light up the radar gun.
Mid/Level 3 Bottom Rail: Great combination of power and accuracy. This bottom rail is the best of both worlds and is perfect for any midfielder or all-around-athlete.
Mid-Low/ Level 2 Bottom Rail: If you want a quick release with added power then the level 2 bottom rail will provide good ball protection and great accuracy. It is perfect for any attackman or offensive minded midfielder.
Low/ Level 1 Bottom Rail: Ideal for the possession player that controls the tempo of the game. He always has the ball, and runs the offense. The level 1 bottom rail is designed for excellent ball security and to have a quick and accurate release. Players who dodge looking to feed/assist teammates are going to want this bottom rail.
We hope you find the the best possible lacrosse that you need to succeed on the field. If you are still unsure about what is best, or have any more questions feel free to visit any one of our MonkeySports superstores or contact one of our lacrosse specialists at LacrosseMonkey.com.