Although it’s one of the least publicized sports, lacrosse games are on the increase across the country. The history of the game and the skill needed to play it are attractive qualities for any would be sportsman and there are now a number of leagues dedicated to playing the sport.
If you want to take up the sport, you will need some specialized lacrosse gear. There are a few pieces of lax equipment that any budding lacrosse player cannot be without, and perhaps the most important piece of lacrosse equipment is the stick. However, unlike many sports, lacrosse is not simply a ‘one size fits all’ sport – players looking to buy lacrosse sticks must think about a variety of factors before making a purchase.
How Experienced Are You?
If you are just starting out with lacrosse, you will need to buy a stick that is suited to your needs. Beginners ideally need a stick with a larger throat than those who are more experienced, as this will make catching the ball a much easier task.
How Long Should Your Stick Be?
Depending on what position you play, you may find that you need to adapt your lacrosse equipment in order to get the best out of your game. For example, if you need an attack lacrosse stick then ideally your shaft should be between 40 and 42 inches long. However, your pole should be around 52 to 72 inches long if you’re looking for a defense lacrosse stick, so think about where you play before buying a stick.
Heavy or Light?
Similarly, if you play in an attacking position you will need a lighter pole, like the STX SC-TI Pro Shaft, as this will help you maneuver up field where you may be able to score. As a defensive player, you will probably need strength in your stick in order to make rocking checks, so your stick should be heavier like Maverik’s Wonderboy Shaft, made of aerospace engineered aluminum/ titanium alloy.
Do You Need Special Technology In Your Stick?
There are frequent technological updates in the world of lacrosse that can improve the quality and potency of your lacrosse equipment. For example, you may want to buy a lacrosse head with Reflex Technology, patented in the Easton Launch Head. This is dedicated technology that reacts when you catch or shoot with the ball.