There are over thirty different lacrosse heads available on lacrosse.com, and choosing the right one can be a tough task. The angle, stiffness, width and weight are all important aspects to look at when selecting your new lacrosse head. Below is a description of some of these characteristics.
One of the most popular types of lacrosse gear out there; the Offset lacrosse head has revolutionized the way we play the game. The offset lacrosse head drops down at the throat, (where the head meets the handle) of the lacrosse head, allowing for a lower position of the ball and pocket on the head. Offset lacrosse heads are designed to give the lacrosse player maximum feel and control when carrying the ball, as well as great ball retention and accuracy when passing and shooting.
The forward cant technology is very similar to that of the Offset lacrosse head. A forward cant lacrosse head is also angled down at the throat of the lacrosse stick, optimizing ball retention and enabling quicker passing and shooting, without losing any feel or control of the ball.
The curved lacrosse head is also very similar to offset and cant technology. The scoop and sidewalls of this stick gradually curve down at the throat of the lacrosse stick. Curved lacrosse head technology generates power and accuracy on passes and shots, but maintains balance and feel for all lacrosse players who choose to use curved lacrosse heads.
Onset lacrosse heads extend straight on out from the handle. Offset, Cant, and Curved heads all slope downwards. With new lacrosse technology, fewer Onset heads are used by the top lacrosse players. However, Onset lacrosse heads are great for beginning lacrosse players who are learning the proper fundamentals and skills vital to the game of lacrosse.
*All of the above mentioned lacrosse heads are used by all lacrosse players of all positions with the exception of the goaltender.
Stiffness and flexibility are two categories which many manufacturers concentrate on when designing new lacrosse heads. However, different lacrosse players like to play with different kinds of lacrosse heads. Some stiff heads may be heavier than other more flexible heads. For example, one defenseman may want to play with a stiffer head for more effective checking, while another defenseman may want a more flexible head for picking up loose groundballs. The same can be said for all lacrosse positions. Stiffness and flexibility are all based on the preferences of the lacrosse player. You can’t go wrong with either choice.
Lacrosse heads have become more and more narrow in recent years. Again, some lacrosse players prefer narrow lacrosse heads, while others prefer wider heads. An attackman may want to play with a narrower lacrosse head to maximize ball retention and to protect the ball from defensive checks. A defenseman may choose to play with a wider lacrosse head in an effort to deflect passes, and also make it easier to catch. Most lacrosse heads with narrower shapes are designed for the more advanced lacrosse players, purely because it is harder to catch with a narrow lacrosse head compared to a wider head.