With all of the new heads released for the 2016 season we wanted to take a look into them and specify which are designed best for each position. Although ultimately your selection of heads comes down to personal preference, these are our picks for midfielders based on the a few key features that middies time and time again show to prefer. Those features include: flexibility (mostly for face-offs), mid-high pocket structure and lightweight. As the only position that can run the length of the field on a regular basis, midfielders will find themselves in a variety of situations. From roughing up opposing middies on the defensive side to sniping corners on the offensive side, midfielders need a head that is as versatile as their game. They will also need to get their shots and passes off extremely quick while on the run so having a head design favor a mid-high pocket is certainly favored. Below is our long list of heads that fit the bill for any midfielder on the field whether you are a face-off specialist, a short stick defenseman or a dodging offensive player.
Originally promoted as an attackman’s head, the Nike CEO has transitioned into one of the most popular face-off heads in the game. The pinched design and narrow throat provide excellent ball control and a natural channel for clean passes and shots. The narrow design plus the flexibility of the CEO is what has turned it into a FOGO’s favorite tool.
The STX Stallion 550 is a favorite head for two-way midfielders like Kyle Harrison of the Ohio Machine. The 550 version improves upon the cracking throat issues that the 500 version experienced now making this an unstoppable product. STX’s signature open sidewall in the rear of the head flexes on ground balls and checks while the dual sidewall brace maintains overall stability. The Stallion 550 also comes with STX’s C-Channel technology that reinforces the strength of the head in strategic areas.
The first ever head designed from the ground up for face-off specialist, the STX Duel has quickly become a staple product at the X. Built with strategic flex zones in the mid-section of the head to bend and flex with your face-off movements, the dual sidewall braces then provide the extra stability to maintain overall strength of the head. One of the key components of the Duel is the revolutionary throat plug that allows the player to get as close to the ball as possible.
Built to dominate both ends of the field, the new Maverik Centrik delivers a lightweight and stiff product for the two-way midfielder. Constructed with a Level 4 Bottom Rail, a mid-high pocket naturally forms when stringing up this head. The 3-strut sidewall design is then cored out to provide an optimal balance of lightweight and stiffness. The narrow throat opens up to a wider face which combines superior ball control with the wide scoop to grab up groundballs.
Every great product deserves a sequel and the new Epoch Hawk Sequel does not disappoint. In the Sequel, Epoch continues to utilize their unique laid back profile which makes scooping up groundballs a breeze while also naturally creating a high pocket. Engineered with composite injected polymer, the Hawk Sequel builds on the durability of the original Hawk and improves the sticks overall velocity.
The Warrior Noz historically has been another go-to head for face-off midfielders and in its second variation now provides 17 stringing holes for the stringing enthusiasts. The Noz 2 is assembled with NOZ gas which not only drops the weight of the head down to 130 grams, but also provides an optimal level of flexibility.
The Brine King head is a brand new addition to their line up and it packs a punch. Designed with a face length 3% longer than standard lacrosse heads, the natural channel thus gives the ball a better transition time out of the pocket to give you added power to your shot. The Core-Tech sidewall design maximizes the stability of the King and increases your overall accuracy. Brine also cut out all unnecessary material from the throat to eliminate any excess weight without sacrificing strength.
Engineered to provide an optimal weight while maintaining durability, the adidas Bawse naturally provides a high pocket for a lightning fast release. The Bawse features a slightly thicker sidewall design than the adidas Enrayge so that any midfielder can confidently carry the ball down to the offensive side while also throwing nasty checks on the defensive end.
Pick up any of these midfielder heads today from Lacrosse.com and make sure to comment below with your thoughts on our selections.