ComLax carries an enormous variety of lacrosse heads and lacrosse shafts, ranging from entry-level options under $50 to top-of-the-line, lighter models from STX, Warrior, Brine, Nike, Maverik, Under Armour and many more. With so many options, choosing a shaft or a head for lacrosse can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to choosing a lacrosse head and a guide to choosing a lacrosse shaft.
Lacrosse is a first generation sport for most player's families, so unlike basketball, football, etc. many parents have no familiarity with the sport, especially with its limited exposure on TV in comparison to its contemporaries. As a result, getting situated can be intimidating to say the least. With options ranging from beginner complete sticks to elite pro-level custom lacrosse sticks it's tough to know where your child fits in the grand scheme of equipment, and unless your coach is willing to go above and beyond, guidance might be scarce. So, we're going to break down your choices, and do our best to communicate the best lacrosse stick or options for each level of play.
Obviously the easiest, and generally the least expensive of the options, complete sticks offer great value but often with limited utility with very few exceptions. A complete option will come with a head and shaft that have already been assembled, as well as a factory stringing. Generally, the shaft of the stick is just fine, and if anything is a touch heavy. Meanwhile the head will be very much geared towards beginners, and won’t be incredibly durable due to the assumption the player will outgrow this option quite quickly. The factory mesh and stringing in a complete stick is ultimately their undoing in many situations, and often times is replaced as a result.
If the player is a little more advanced, and has taken the opportunity to improve their game it might be time to look at piecing together a custom stick. The head is naturally one of the most important components to a lacrosse stick, and will color the rest of the choices you need to make going forward as many are specialized to different positions or play styles. Players taking face-offs will have very specific needs, in a flexible head. Whereas, someone on the D-Pole will need a considerably stiffer option. Other things to consider include, the scoop, sidewalls, stringing pattern, throat, and stiffness. We go into more details on these components in our Equipment Guide so please feel free to take a look!
The way you string your head is the next, if not the most important thing that you will choose. Your pocket is the only component on your lacrosse stick that will actually come in contact with the ball, so its importance cannot be understated. An elite lacrosse head strung poorly will be less effective than an entry level model strung well, there's simply no getting around it. This is not the place to trim the budget, so please get some performance mesh and feel the difference!
So you know what we said about trimming the budget up there? While your pocket isn't the place to skimp, you may be able to get away with it here. Now, don't get us wrong, there's definitely value to be had in a high level shaft, they're lighter and generally far more durable. Look at your shaft like an investment. Unless you're taking face-offs it will likely take the most abuse on the field, and have the least amount of impact on your play (at least in reference to your mesh and head). So if you want the most durable lacrosse shaft out there a high end scandium titanium blend or composite are your best bet. However, there's nothing wrong with grabbing a handle that will get you through in the meantime!