It seems like there is an unlimited amount of lacrosse heads on the market today which can make the decision overwhelming. In this section I will go over the elements of a lacrosse head and also heads depending on what position you play on the field.
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Lacrosse Heads – Elements
Determines the strength and stiffness. Stiff heads are usually heavier which are good for dealing out damage (Defensemen). Lighter, more flexible heads are better for groundballs, faceoff specialist and of course offense. The sidewall gives the head its pocket, shape and can also affects accuracy.
The top which is used for groundballs, where shots and passes fly out of. The Scoop is measured in two ways: the width (how long the width is) and drop (how much the scoop drops from the top the sidewall). Heads with large widths are good for groundballs and heads with drops improve shooting accuracy.
Area in which the ball sits. The pockets dimension depends on the Scoop and Sidewall of the head. Wider pockets are made for beginner players but also can be used for advanced defensemen because of the larger area to scoop loose balls. Narrow pockets are usually used for midfielders and offence because of improved accuracy and ball retention. Some pockets come pre-strung which is good for beginners but I recommend stringing the pocket yourself. The more you understand your lacrosse head the more successful you will be in the game, guaranteed!
Offset is a new form of technology used in the past couple of decades. Draw a line from the Throat of the head straight out to infinity. On some heads there will be no dip but on others you will see some Offset. This form of technology is used to improve ball retention but at the same time is not for everyone. I have seen some of the best players in the world use heads with no Offset. So once again, it all depends on YOU!
Lacrosse Heads – The Choice
Can be the hardest and most specific choice a player has to make. Each player has their own style of play and preferences so make sure you choose a head that is right for YOU and nobody else. A good match between you and your lacrosse head can make a massive difference in the game. It will give you more accuracy, ball control, check strength and shot power.
Now I will outline what type of heads are good depending on your experience and position. Again, don’t take everything I say word for word, this is just a guideline. Pick the heads that is right for YOU!
Pick the Right One
Beginner players should go for a head that has a lot of catching area to get used to the basics and also a big scoop for groundballs. This will not hurt but will only help improve and then upgrade faster. Once you feel an improvement in your game then it could be time to start looking at heads that are narrower and have better shooting and passing accuracy. Once again, I suggest stringing your own head. It will only make you better and understand the different types of heads on the market.
Offensive players need to have maximum ball control, passing and shooting so it’s recommended that one uses a head that holds the ball well and has the best shot and pass accuracy.
Defensive players need to be able to throw checks, be a threat on groundballs and block the passing lanes. That is why most defensemen go for heads that are stiffer, wider scoops and overall wider head.
Midfielders and transition players one needs to find a head that is right in the middle. One has to be able to throw checks, stop passes but also carry the ball, shot and pass.
It is overwhelming, I know. This makes it a little more difficult but again, the more you know your Lacrosse Heads, the better you will be.