When it comes to picking out the right handle for your stick, there are a number of factors to consider. Although it ultimately comes down to personal preference, most manufacturers design their handles with a particular player type in mind. Besides the distinct differences in a defensive and offensive shaft, some of the key features that classify which handle is best suited for a particular position are; shape, grip and strength. In some cases, flex also plays a meaningful role in deciding which handle best suits your game.
For a defenseman, whether you play close D or run as an LSM, you’ll need a shaft that is strong and reliable. The LSM’s would tend to favor a lighter weight shaft as they will need to carry it back and forth down the field, but in most cases, knowing that your stick won’t break while you lay down the lumber is vitally important. Because your stick will experience a number of impacts, most defensive specific handles have now been designed with sharp angles making it easier to hold onto your stick through all the rough and tumble.
Listed below are a few of the top shafts for 2016 that will play as the ideal weapon for any defenseman.
As a defenseman you are looking for a shaft that’s light enough that won’t weigh you down but strong enough to lay down some serious checks. Maverik introduces the defensive specific Caliber handle that combines the two seamlessly with is scandium-titanium blended material. It is also built with their signature shape that features concave designs that are known to reinforce the overall strength of the shaft.
With the new Regulator Pro, this shaft was built to provide the ultimate grip so a defenseman will never lose hold of their opponent. Engineered with Warriors new Power Die shape that features raised edges along with a gritty Diamond Grip, you’ll be able to maintain superior grip in any condition.
Similar to Warriors Regulator Pro, the new Brine Triumph Elite handle features their Power Die shape combined with a Friction Grip for ultimate control. Built with their ST1 Alloy material, this shaft employs Brines most durable premium grade alloy which provides an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio.
The STX Stallion SC is one of those defensive shafts that would be better suited for an LSM player as it is built with STX’s scandium alloy, one of their lightest materials. This handle employs a concave octagon shape topped off with a sandblasted finish for added grip.
The Charge handle from Under Armour is built with a strong Sci-Ti material making this one of their most durable and reliable shafts on the market. The scalloped profile features raised edges for improved grip, a similar style to the Warrior Regulator Pro yet not as extreme.
The new adidas Tracer T1D shaft is another one on our list that lends itself to be better suited for an LSM player due to its traditional shape and lightweight feel. This shaft is made of an aerospace grade alloy material that provides unmatched stick control with ideal flex.
Now that you’ve read through our list of 2016’s best shafts for defensemen, let us know what you think below in the comments.