Choosing a Lacrosse Stick

Pricing:
When pricing a Women's Lacrosse Stick things that should be considered are: The player's age and ability. It may not be wise to buy a beginner's stick for a player who is in High School as their skills may develop quicker. Two, the position that the player will be playing is also important in considering how much to spend. Some sticks are more flexible in the head and may not be proper for a defender. Other sticks may be offset more and will provide more accuracy and shooting power. Third, how much dedication the player has to the sport should be considered. It is not wise to spend a great deal of money on a stick if the player is not sure how long or how much she will like the sport of lacrosse. One of the most important things to remember is that you will want to buy a stick that your player can grow with and not grow out of.Lacrosse Stick Heads

Molded Head Lacrosse Sticks:
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 and the position you play on the field. New players to the game will often need to find a stick or head that has a wide face for easier catching. New players will also benefit from sticks that have a flatter scoop design to make ground ball pick ups easier. More experienced players will tend to look for heads with tighter face profiles for better control and also sticks with more curve in the scoop to assist with accuracy. In reality most heads work well for any position on the field but as players become more proficient in the game and more particular about the way they want their stick to perform, these considerations will become a large part of the choices they make. Stiffer heads for defenders to deliver better checks, lighter heads for middies and attack players for fast hands and quicker passes and shot speeds etc.

Types of Stick Heads:
When looking for what type of stick head you want to buy it should be noted that different companies use different technologies when designing their products. Some use a direct offset in just the head and some use an offset combined in both the head and handle. The 10,15 and 22 degree technology is designed to do a couple things for the player. One, It allows the player more feel of the exact location of the ball in the pocket, which for attacking players is very important. Two, these systems also allow the player to bring their top hand down farther towards the bottom of the handle to create a better leverage point for passing and shooting, which in turn will cause more whip.

The best thing you can do is to experiment with different brands, different types of heads and different pockets to find out what feels best for your style of play. Always feel free to use our Ask the Expert feature on our website. Our staff is more than happy to help you with any technical questions.

Lacrosse PocketsTypes of Pockets:
There are many types of pockets in the women's game that can be used in just about any brand of head that you chose. For instance you may like a certain brand of head but feel that another brand of pocket suites your playing style better than another. This option is great to have at your disposal as a player. Custom stringing in the women's game is becoming very popular and even though there are many specifications and rules that follow women's stringing, a wide array of colors can be used to make your head special to you. Here are some of the pockets and benefits of them.

Most pockets for field players are designed to channel the ball to the sweet spot. This enhances release time and accuracy. Most pockets are also designed to hold the ball, grip it, enough to keep it from wobbling around too much.  Each has something unique about it. Some are believed to hold up better in a variety of weather conditions, some hold up longer over time from rips and tears or bagging out, while others break in quicker as others need more repetitions.  Some need maintenance and adjustments, while others require none.

Custom stringing and restringing services are available at Longstreth. We offer a large selection of quality string and colors.  You can visit our retail store or ship your head(s) in and we can provide needed repairs or custom work.  You can also order new heads from us.  If you do not see what you want, let us know. We may be able to get the pieces you are looking for.  We currently do not sell the pockets/string, They are only used for our services.  Rush services are available and will be charged an additional $10 fee.

  • Stylin’ Strings - Ladder: Available in Black, White or Yellow center piece. When custom strung you can choose colors for: top string, sidewall strings, and both shooters. Custom colors can be made for team orders 12+ min. This pocket is in the factory strung Epoch Purpose head
  • Laxpocket - Rail Elite:  Available in Black, White or Yellow. When custom strung you can choose colors for: top string, sidewall strings, and both shooters.  Custom colors can be made for team orders, 12+ min. This pocket is in the factory strung UA Emissary, Glory and Regime as well as the Gait Air heads.

  • East Coast Dye - Venom Mesh: Available in Black, White, Yellow or a Black//White combo center piece.  You can choose colors for: top string, sidewall strings, cross lacing, two vertical leathers and both shooters. Custom stringing is required.

  • Laxpocket- Draw pocket: Available in Black or White only.  When Custom strung you can choose colors for top string, sidewall strings and both shooters. This pocket is in the factory strung UA Regime Draw head. This is Draw Specific, with the Rail Elite centerpiece, Dyneema cross-lacing (softest string available), one leather and one nylon. Hence creating a deep back pocket.

  • Stylin’ Strings - X-Wide mesh: Available in Black, White or Yellow center piece. You can choose colors for top string, sidewall strings, cross lacing, 2 vertical leathers and both shooters. Custom colors can be made for team orders, 12+ min. Custom stringing is required.

  • StringKing Mesh - Type W: Available in Black and White, while supplies last. This was the first mesh that StringKing used in their women’s Original Legend.

    Type 4: Available in Black, White or Yellow. When custom strung you can choose colors for the top string, sidewall strings and both shooters. All StringKing women’s heads come factory strung with Type 4 mesh.

  • Warp pocket - Comes factory strung in the Brine Warp line.  This is a woven premium material blend pocket that performs in all weather conditions.  It is molded into the head. There is no maintenance involved. If the pocket rips, tears or bags out and is deemed illegal, it will be replaced. They offer it in all levels of play, the KO for the attacker, the Mid, the Original Pro, the Next and the Warp Jr. Each woven differently to fit each style of play.

  • Goalie 12 Diamond: this is the most frequently requested mesh for goalie sticks. We offer it in a semi-hard or hard mesh. The harder mesh makes it a bit easier to throw, while the softer mesh makes the catching a bit easier. When custom strung you can choose colors for the mesh, sidewall strings, and both throwing strings.

Types of Handles:

    Lacrosse Handles
  • Alloy - Metal handles have seen a great level of increase in their quality and performance. These new types of lightweight alloys and metals are being used to create a new standard of play. Scandium, Titanium as well as many combinations of 7000 series and other types of alloy combinations are being produced in a variety of shapes such as teardrop/ octagon and hourglass designs let the player choose a profile that is comfortable to their hands.

    Please note that metal handles are temperature sensitive to both hot and cold. Tape can be used for grip and a barrier from the effects of the weather.

  • Composite - Probably the most popular handles on the market now are composite handles. Companies such as UA, Brine/Warrior, Maverik, StringKing, Epoch and Gait are working with finishes and grip coatings to make these handles easy to use in any weather.  All brands are experimenting with various flexibility levels in the handles to suite players of various strength, and for players who prefer more or less whip in their sticks. A plus is that composite materials are not affected by change in temperatures. We still highly recommend storing your stick inside your home or locker room whenever possible.