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The Ultimate Lacrosse Stick Buying Guide

Love lacrosse? Want to get even better at your favorite sport? Then you need to make sure that you have the very best equipment!

And in this case, that means the very best lacrosse stick that you can use in order to up your game. Choosing the right Lacrosse stick should not only help you to improve your speed and power but also to feel even more immersed in the game. A great lacrosse stick will become like a natural extension of your body, that you can use to launch, set and block with incredible grace and agility.

Lacrosse Player Shooting Ball

But buying lacrosse sticks isn’t quite as simple as buying football boots or a tennis racket. Apart from anything else, you will often buy the stick and the head separately (although ready-made sticks are available). For beginners, this can be somewhat overwhelming and potentially leave you unsure as to how to proceed.

In this extensive post then, we will take a look at everything you could possibly need to know to get started choosing the best lacrosse stick, as well as outlining some of the best products available for players right now.

The Anatomy Of Your Lacrosse Sticks

You lacrosse stick is also known as your ‘crosse’ and is the main tool of your trade out on the field. It is actually comprised of two separate parts, which are the head and the shaft. The shaft is where you grasp the stick in order to wield it, whereas the head is what you will use to catch the ball, to cradle it and to check opponents/defend against checks.

Different Versions of Lacrosse Sticks

Other important tools when playing lacrosse include your pads for protection, gloves for getting a better grip on the shaft, a helmet and shoes (called cleats). The stick however is the main tool you’ll be using and is the part you will end up having the closest relationship with.

When choosing the lacrosse shaft, things tend to stay fairly straightforward – after all this is essentially just a stick with something attached to the end. You do though need to consider the material, with some being lighter and more durable and others being heavier or more brittle. The most popular options are:

  • Aluminum Alloy
  • Composite
  • Titanium
  • Scandium

On the other hand though, the heads are much more detailed and you’ll see much more difference from one to the next.

Ball in Lacrosse Head

Lacrosse heads are made up of various parts and these include:

  • Sidewalls - These affect the strength and the stiffness of your head and they will thereby determine the effectiveness in checks. They can range from being very flexible or very stiff. Stiffer, heavier heads are better for more defensive players.
  • Scoop - The scoop portion of the head is used to pull balls from the ground and these are measured in width and ‘drop’. The trop is the dip in the center of the scoop. More drop means better accuracy, whereas lesser drop makes it easier to fire the ball from the ground.
  • Pocket - This is the area that holds the ball and can be unstrung or factory strung when you first purchase them. If you are new, you should aim for a pre-strung pocket to save yourself a lot of work and trouble. The width of the pocket is also important, with wider pockets being slower and less accurate but better at blocking. New players should aim for wider pockets which are a little easier to catch with.
  • Offset - Finally, the offset describes the slight decrease of the rail or sidewall as it relates to the center line of the handle. The greater the offset, the further ‘behind’ the handle the pocket will be, which will improve cradling.

As mentioned, you will often buy the head and the shaft separately but you can also find ready-made lacrosse sticks to play with.

Different Sticks For Different Positions

One thing to know early on when choosing a lacrosse stick, is that the best choice is always going to depend somewhat on your position. An attacker or midfielder for instance will often use a shorter and lighter shaft and this is so that they can move more quickly and remain more agile.

Girl Holding Attacker Lacrosse Stick

A men’s attack lacrosse shaft will therefore tend to measure around 30”. Defensive players and middies on the other hand will use particularly long and durable shafts which will give them an extended reach for blocking shots, throwing harder checks and basically reaching wherever they need to be. These will typically be around twice the length of an attack shaft at 60”.

Finally, a shaft for a goalie is more likely to measure around the 40” mark. This is to allow them to guard the goal (hence being longer than an attack lacrosse) but also to move more quickly and remain more agile (hence being shorter than a defence/middie crosse).

As for the heads, these are much more interchangeable, meaning that you can swap heads with someone in another position and not have it affect your game too negatively. That said, an attacker will once again tend to prefer a lightweight head with maximum scoop, narrow pocket and maximum offset. This improves the retention of the ball as well as the accuracy of shots. Attack pockets will also be strung somewhat differently than defensive pockets.

Defensive players meanwhile will usually prefer a stronger, more durable head to throw hard checks. Flat scoops are also better for playing off the ground, while the wider pocket area can be better for blocking.

Holding Lacrosse Goalie Stick

Where you really see the difference though is in the heads used by goalies. These are significantly different and will of course be particularly wide (up to 12”) with the aim being to block shots better and to retain the ball better once those shots are blocked.

You also see similar differences in some of the other gear used by lacrosse players. For pads and protective gear for instance, lighter means more mobile and faster.

Men’s Lacrosse Sticks Vs Women’s

Another way that lacrosse sticks vary is whether they are aimed primarily at men or at women. The rules of women’s lacrosse are designed somewhat to reduce the amount of physical contact and with that in mind, there is less padding. They also tend to have lacrosse heads with shallower pockets, while their shafts will normally be shorter and have a slightly smaller diameter which of course is in keeping with the smaller average hand size of women vs. men.

Women Playing Lacrosse

With all that in mind, hopefully you can see that the best lacrosse stick will be very much a personal choice that will be influenced by everything from your own size and weight, to your experience, to the position you’ll be playing in, to your gender.

You’ll also want to separately consider the heads, the sticks and more. Do you buy a ready-made stick? Do you buy both parts independently? Do you buy factory strung?

The Best Lacrosse Sticks

Whatever you decide, we’ll be going through some of the best options in this list so that you can make a smart, informed choice and get the best possible value for money.

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Warrior Mini Evo 4 Lacrosse Sticks

Specifications

This Mini Evo 4 lacrosse stick is NOT intended for actual play. This is a ‘mini’ lacrosse stick that can be used to play lacrosse in the garden or with friends out at the park. That makes it a good tool for practicing, a fun gift for lacrosse lovers but not a professional player.

Warrior Mini Evo 4 Lacrosse Sticks on White Background

That said, it is large enough to fit a regulation sized lacrosse ball and is actually very good quality, being made from aluminum. It comes strung.

Overview

For those just getting into lacrosse, these mini sticks offer a great introduction to the game and a great opportunity to practice pretty much anywhere. This stick in particular is very well made for what it is with its aluminum construction and smart design.

One consideration though is the string. Reviewers disagree on whether the pocket comes pre-strung or not and what seems to be happening is that some are getting unstrung en-route. That is to say that they haven’t been all that well strung.

Take it down the beach, give it to a child just getting into lacrosse or use it to practice yourself. Either way, it’s considerably cheaper than a ‘real’ lacrosse stick under 20$.


Brine Women’s Dynasty Rise Complete Stick

Specifications

This is another ready-made lacrosse stick, but this time it is perfectly fit for real-world competition. This is a women’s stick, which means it is slightly shorter and has a slightly smaller diameter. The face is wide however to improve catching, while the sidewall bars have great stiffness for improving pick-ups.

Brine Women’s Dynasty Rise Complete Stick on White Background

Overview

This is a women’s lacrosse stick that is aimed very much at beginners. Everything from the wide head and stiff sidewall bars will help with retention and pick up, while the head also falls just shy of offset maximum, which will further aid with retention while you find your feet as a greenhorn.

The product also comes in a variety of colors, so you can find one that matches the rest of your gear and your personal style.

The total length of the stick is 42.5”. It is suitable for younger girls, though can be used by adults as well.


STX FiddleSTX Two Pack Mini Super Power With Plastic Handle And One Ball

Specification

This is a two pack providing two mini lacrosse sticks with plastic handles. These are cheap and cheerful in their design and construction but that makes them perfect for introducing kids to the sport or to setting your home up to enjoy some games.

STX FiddleSTX Two Pack Mini Super Power With Plastic Handle And One Ball on White Background

These are 30 inches in length and currently cost just under 28$ for both. A single ball is also included.

Overview

We all know the story – when a child finds a new hobby or sport, they will tend to love it and rave about it for a few weeks but as a parent you can never be sure if it’s going to be a lasting passion or a flash in the pan. No parent wants to deny their child the chance to follow their dreams but we also can’t afford to buy high tech sporting equipment, camera equipment, musical instruments and everything else every two weeks.

So instead, why not let your child play FiddleSTX instead? This is a highly popular form of mini lacrosse and a great introduction to the sport. The sticks are highly affordable and in this case, you are getting everything you could need to start playing. This is also a great option for families who want to introduce some games to the home, perhaps to improve their child’s fitness.

STX Mini Lacrosse Set

With that said though, this is not suitable for competition or even for high school competition. The shafts themselves are made from brittle plastic and even for PE class would be likely to break.

This is essentially a toy and nothing more. A healthy and great value toy, however!


STX Lacrosse Stallion 200 U Complete Attack/Midfield Stick With Shaft & Head

Specification

This is a stick that claims to be both aimed at attack and midfield players. That right away suggests it perhaps isn’t the highest quality product for pro players.

STX Lacrosse Stallion 200 U Complete Attack/Midfield Stick With Shaft & Head on White Background

That said, it nevertheless does meet the NCAA and NFHS rules, making it potentially suitable for competition. It is also designed for beginners with easy catching and ball control. The shaft is aluminum.

Overview

At the lower end of competition, this Lacrosse Stallion 200 U from STX is a great choice. Inspired by the Elite Stallion U 500, this is designed to perform just like any other professional stick but at a lower price and with a more beginner-friendly design. This is perfect for children (boys around the age of ten) but will even work for more competitive players.

Reviews are highly positive and some even say that they think the stick is comparable to much more expensive sticks.


Warrior Junior Mako Lacrosse Stick (One Size, White)

Specifications

This is another stick aimed at a junior market, as the name suggests. The total length is 37.5”, with the length from the butt to the head being 26.5”. Being a beginner head, you can expect it to have a deeper pocket, large offset, wide head and the usual features to make it that much easier for newcomers to enjoy.

Warrior Junior Mako Lacrosse Stick (One Size, White) on White Background

Overview

Reviewers find that it is the perfect size for children around the age of 4-6 but that it can be used beyond that too. It is not a ‘fiddle stick’ but is suitable for use with a regulation ball, despite not being a regulation stick.

You may have noticed at this point that a lot of the products listed in this category are aimed at practice or at young children. The simple reason for this is that a professional, competitive lacrosse player will typically not buy their sticks ready-made like this but will instead purchase the head and shaft separately.


Warrior Rabil Next 2 Complete Stick

Specification

This is a complete stick that is aimed at the beginner player but is nevertheless suitable for regulation competition and a step above practice sticks or children’s sticks. It is 40.5” and features graphics designed by all-star Paul Rabil (hence the name). It comes in a range of colors, which all look more premium than the price actually suggests (under 45$). EZ-Scoop makes it easy for pick up, while the solid construction makes it suitable for clubs.

 Warrior Rabil Next 2 Complete Stick on White Background

This is definitely also an attack stick though, owing to the short length.

Overview

If you are a professional club player, then you should look to buy a professional club head and shaft separately and attach them. This will give you the best performance and allow you to tailor it to your own specific needs.

However, if you are at club level and you do want a ready-made stick, then this product is going to make for a perfect choice.


Best Lacrosse Shaft

East Coast Dyes Lacrosse 2015 Carbon Lacrosse Shafts

Specifications

This is a carbon shaft using ‘advanced’ composite materials to provide excellent resilience and a very light weight. REACT technology enables the shaft to flex slightly, thereby increasing shot speed like a fishing rod. A sandpaper grip on the handle improves grip and makes this an excellent choice for playing in any weather conditions.

East Coast Dyes Lacrosse 2015 Carbon Lacrosse Shafts on White Background

Buyers have the option to choose from a range of colors and a range of different sizes to suit their positions and personal height. These range in cost from $100 up to $160.

Overview

There is only one shaft on this list and there’s a good reason for that: this one shaft can provide you with everything you need, regardless of your size, experience or position. Choose the right size and you should be more than pleased with the excellent quality, lightness and durability.


Best Lacrosse Heads

STX Hammer U Unstrung Lacrosse Head

Specifications

This is an unstrung lacrosse head that uses c-channel technology in order to help with scoop and stability. Three sidewall braces provide extra rigidity on ground balls, while a bottom rail is designed for a high pocket placement. Four chambered throat design helps to remove unnecessary material, thereby keeping the head as light as possible.

STX Hammer U Unstrung Lacrosse Head on White Background

Overview

In short, this is a very high quality lacrosse head that is designed specifically for defensive players and middies. It should offer quite a bit of heft on poke checks and won’t deflect. Pick ups are also very good and the room in the pocket makes this appealing for starter players looking for easier ball control.

All in all, this is one of the best lacrosse heads for starters or for defensive players that are looking for a professional-level product.


Maverik Lacrosse Optik Universal Unstrung Head

Specifications

This is a lightweight 2-strut lacrosse head that comes unstrung and that offers a great build quality and performance. Large holes make it easy to string up, while the dual design scoop makes it particularly easy to hoover up balls. Also comes in a wide variety of colors.

Maverik Lacrosse Optik Universal Unstrung Head on White Background

Overview

This head is described as being a ‘universal’ lacrosse head but it will generally be slightly better for defensive players. That’s because it is very stiff, making face-offs hard. That said, you should be able to benefit from this lacrosse head regardless of your position or experience.


Choosing The Right Lacrosse Stick For You

As you can see then, there are a number of different options to consider when choosing your lacrosse stick. You need to first decide whether you’re going to buy one ready-made, or whether you want one that will be more professional. As a general rule, ready-made sticks are best for younger children or those just starting out.

When you take the plunge and buy your shaft and head separately, you will need to decide whether you want something that is longer with a narrower head and shallow pocket, or whether you want to hang back with a long shaft and deep pocket.

Conclusion

Whatever you decide, the selection in this goal should hopefully help you to make the right choice and thereby avoid wasting money or being disappointed with your choice.

Girl Holding Lacrosse Sticks

Of course you can’t blame poor performance entirely on a lacrosse stick, but getting the right tool for the job will certainly make your life a heck of a lot easier and not to mention more fun. Spend some time doing your research then to choose a lacrosse head and shaft that will not only serve you well in the short run, but also grow with you as you develop and build on your skills!

When you find the right one, you will know it. It will meld into your hands and seemingly become an extension of who you are. And that’s when the opposition will know you mean business!

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