The following should be considered when choosing a stick:
When Pricing a Womenís Lacrosse Stick
Things that should be considered when pricing a womanís lacrosse stick are: Number one, the playerís age and ability. It may not be wise to buy a beginnerís stick for a player who is in High School as their skills may develop quicker. Number two, the position the player will be playing. Some sticks are more flexible in the head and may not be proper for a defender. Whereas other sticks may be offset more and will provide more accuracy and shooting power. Number three, how much dedication the player has to the sport. It is not wise to spend a great deal of money on a stick is the player is not sure how long she will be interested in the sport of Lacrosse. But in the end remember that you most likely want a stick that your player will grow into rather than out of.
There are now many different types of lacrosse stick heads on the market and it is important to find the type of head that works for your style of play even your position. New players to the game will often need to find a stick or head that has a wide face for easier catching. New players also benefit from a stick head that has a flatter scoop design to aide in the ease of ground ball pick ups. More experienced players will sometimes look for heads designed with smaller profiles and tighter catching areas. These features make the ball harder to check out of the stick and can even assist in accuracy. Aside from the basics, most heads can be used for any position aside from goalie on the field. Defenders will sometime look for heads that are stiffer and stand up to checking while attacking players will look for lighter heads that allow for quick hands when shooting and switching from left to right hand. A stick with more of a curve in the scoop design will also help with accuracy when passing and shooting due to the ball always wanting to move to that low curve point in the scoop.
When looking for what type of stick head to buy it should be noted that different companies use varying technologies when designing their sticks. STX uses both direct offset and 10 degree offset in their designs. Debeer is currently using a transferred offset system or TOS system. Brine uses strictly a direct offset in their stick designs. Again, while the type of stick head and whether it is direct offset or 10 degree or TOS is a very personal choice, some people will tell you that 10 degree technology or TOS technology allows the player to feel the ball weight more than the head weight when working with the stick. Or that 10 degree or TOS technology allows the player to slide the top hand down the handle farther during shooting or passing to create more leverage and produce a harder pass or shot. The biggest thing to remember is to try different brands to see what work best for you. Every stick will release differently and you need to take the time to see what works for your game.
Types of Pockets
Wood: Wood handles are still available to be installed on modern molded stick heads. This is preferred as a good mix between old style sticks and new style sticks..
Aluminum: This is a basic type of shaft that comes with most stock complete lacrosse sticks. Usually these handles are a little heavier. But they are durable and make a good choice for beginning players.
Aluminum is a temperature sensitive material and the player may require tape or gloves for improved grip and warmth in the winter.
Alloy: More and more, alloy compounds are showing up in the womenís lacrosse market place. These handles are an aluminum base that is mixed with a lighter metal including titanium to create a lighter handle while maintaining the strength. Alloy handles use thinner walled tubing and come in a variety of shapes. Examples would be Teardrop / Octagon / or Hourglass design. You will usually see codes such as CU31 or CU55 on the handle, which will denote alloy composition on some alloy handles. Alloy handles are also temperature sensitive. But their strength to weight ratio makes them a good choice for upper level players.
Composite Handles: Composite handles have hit the market big time.
Companies such as Harrow, Warrior, and Brine have brought their versions
to the market with a rush. STX has
had their composite handle on the market for some time.
The composite handles have several properties, which make them now worthy
of the price tags they carry. First
of all. Composite shafts are
extremely temperature consistent. Composite material does not get hot and cold
like alloy and aluminum shafts, this can eliminate the need for tape and gloves
for players who do not like to use them. Secondly,
composite shafts on the market today have a textured surface or tacified surface
that is very acceptable during wet weather conditions.
Composite Handles: Composite handles have hit the market big time. Companies such as Harrow, Warrior, and Brine have brought their versions to the market with a rush. STX has had their composite handle on the market for some time. The composite handles have several properties, which make them now worthy of the price tags they carry. First of all. Composite shafts are extremely temperature consistent. Composite material does not get hot and cold like alloy and aluminum shafts, this can eliminate the need for tape and gloves for players who do not like to use them. Secondly, composite shafts on the market today have a textured surface or tacified surface that is very acceptable during wet weather conditions. Finally,
Composite shafts are extremely lightweight and extremely strong. With the reduced possibility of breakage and the ability of quicker stick work. The composite shaft has definitely found itís niche in the womenís market.
Longstreth has resident women's lacrosse experts who will help you choose the best lacrosse stick. Call us at 1-800-545-1329 or, if possible, visit our Retail Store where you can try out your stick.