Choosing a Lacrosse Head
There are over thirty different lacrosse heads available on lacrosse.com, and choosing the right one can be a tough task, especially with the new changes for 2010.
The angle, stiffness, width and weight are all important aspects to look at when selecting your new lacrosse head. The reality is that a player's skill depends on practice not on how much you spend for a head. With that said, below is a description of some of the characteristics of current head technology and design. It's a personal choice so we recommend that you play with other people's sticks to see what you like. Then, chose the one that is right for you and your level of play.
For beginner players, we like the AV8 from STX and the Warrior Warpath either with hard mesh.
Types of Lacrosse Heads
Offset Lacrosse Head
One of the most popular types of lacrosse gear out there; the Offset lacrosse head has revolutionized the way we play the game. The offset lacrosse head drops down at the throat, (where the head meets the handle) of the lacrosse head, allowing for a lower position of the ball and pocket on the head. Offset lacrosse heads are designed to give the lacrosse player maximum feel and control when carrying the ball, as well as great ball retention and accuracy when passing and shooting.
Cant Lacrosse Head
The forward cant technology is very similar to that of the Offset lacrosse head. A forward cant lacrosse head is also angled down at the throat of the lacrosse stick, optimizing ball retention and enabling quicker passing and shooting, without losing any feel or control of the ball.
Curved Lacrosse Head
The curved lacrosse head is also very similar to offset and cant technology. The scoop and sidewalls of this stick gradually curve down at the throat of the lacrosse stick. Curved lacrosse head technology generates power and accuracy on passes and shots, but maintains balance and feel for all lacrosse players who choose to use curved lacrosse heads.
Onset Lacrosse Head
Onset lacrosse heads extend straight on out from the handle, where as Offset, Cant, and Curved heads all slope downwards. With new lacrosse technology, fewer Onset heads are used by the top lacrosse players. However, Onset lacrosse heads are great for beginning lacrosse players who are learning the proper fundamentals and skills vital to the game of lacrosse.
*All of the above mentioned lacrosse heads are used by all lacrosse players of all positions with the exception of the goaltender.
Stiffness vs. Flexibility
Stiffness and flexibility are two categories which many manufacturers concentrate on when designing new lacrosse heads. However, different lacrosse players like to play with different kinds of lacrosse heads. Some stiff heads may be heavier than other more flexible heads. For example, a defenseman may want to play with a stiffer head for more effective checking, where as another defenseman may want a more flexible head for picking up loose groundballs. The same can be said for all lacrosse positions. Stiffness and flexibility are all based on the preferences of the lacrosse player. You can’t go wrong with either choice.
Narrow vs. Wide Lacrosse Heads
Lacrosse heads have become more and more narrow in recent years. Again, some lacrosse players prefer narrow lacrosse heads, while others prefer wider heads. An attackman may want to play with a narrower lacrosse head to maximize ball retention and to protect the ball from defensive checks. A defenseman may choose to play with a wider lacrosse head in an effort to deflect passes, and also make it easier to catch. Most lacrosse heads with narrow or shapes are designed for the more advanced lacrosse players, purely because it is harder to catch with a narrower lacrosse head compared to a wider head.