Considering Your Options
Regardless of your skill level in any sport, if you want to play well you need to be aware of the best gear. In lacrosse there are many things to consider when shopping for the best gear, especially top lacrosse sticks. The first thing you have to consider is your skill level. Most lacrosse newbies are still learning to catch and throw the ball properly at the fast game pace. One of the reasons that choosing a stick becomes a personal matter is that sticks are designed with gender in mind. Men’s lacrosse sticks come in two different lengths depending on the position you are playing (attack versus defense) whereas women’s lacrosse sticks come in one standard size. That is not to say that women don’t use different sized sticks as well, but the market distinguishes the sticks they sell based on gender and some rules are different in specific contests. The position you play may also dictate the weight of the stick that you choose. The final piece to any lacrosse stick puzzle is the head. Advanced players choose to have their heads custom strung, but lots of quality heads are on the market and string tension is a key player in the variety of options available.
The Best of the Best
The technological differences among the top lacrosse sticks is dizzying. Below are three of the top complete lacrosse sticks available on the market today, each from a different, outstanding company.
Gait Nuclear Attack Lacrosse stick. This complete men’s attack lacrosse stick is available from LacrosseMonkey ($109.99) or SportStop ($109.95). What makes this stick unique is the Control Grip that allows for better control of the stick during key attack plays. The head has a tight pocket shape for increased ball stability and retention.
Brine Alias Attack Lacrosse stick. Brine is a leader in lacrosse sticks, in part due to their phenomenal quality at relatively reasonable prices. Brine’s Alias sticks are available from Dick’s Sporting Goods ($39.99) or SportStop ($39.95). The special features of this top lacrosse stick include a modified offset to enhanced performance and a soft mesh for better ball retention.
STX X3 with Crankshaft Complete Lacrosse stick. STX has some amazing lacrosse sticks that are preferred by the up and coming professional lacrosse players. This stick is available from SportsUnlimited ($139.99) or LacrosseMonkey ($139.99). The awesomeness of this stick lies in its 10 degree angle for quick release and the octagonal shape of the shaft for ease and comfort of grip.