Top 10 Lacrosse Sticks
|1. STX AV8
First on the list is the STX AV8, probably the most basic stick from the famous lacrosse stick maker STX. This stick is ideal for those who are just starting out with this great Native American sport most famous in America and Canada. The first thing you would notice with this stick is its 2 inch sidewalls, which is pretty neat because this will prove essential in learning the key fundamentals in lacrosse.
Upon using the stick, STX’s Forward Cant provided effective ball retention, without hindering you from doing fast passes and on-target shooting. Its wide head and open face design allows easy ball catching and control. I also found it easy to pickup grounded balls with the STX AV8. For a beginner lacrosse stick, it is compliant under NCAA and NFHS rules – you can play it like a pro does it!
|2. Warrior Joker X
Warrior Sports have been manufacturing sticks for hockey and lacrosse since 1992 and it proves that even at their young age, they are one of the leaders in manufacturing lacrosse equipment.
The Warrior Joker X is another stick created specifically for the lacrosse newbie. It has an average length and made of lightweight material ideal
Its wide head and bigger pocket makes it perfect for throwing balls with great accuracy and its curved head design acts like a spoon, that can pick up grounded balls with ease even when you or the ball is in high velocity situations.
The thing that I like best about the Joker is that it comes in a variety of colors, and the orange colorway is my favorite – its spunky and fresh, and looks very intimidating.
3. Reebok Ree Train
This complete lacrosse stick is ideal for beginners, or for those who are into serious training.
The Reebok Ree Train features 3 hand position indicators for maximum performance. ReeSnipe – indicates the ideal hand location for shooting, Reedangle – indicates the ideal hand position for controlling and cradling, and Reegb – indicates the hand position for the best ball control and protection. This would be very convenient for those struggling to find their own sweet spot – your stick already tells you where to hold her.
Its strong grooved side wall design makes it perfect for any position. Its flat head shape with an open design is ideal for scooping and its contours provide superior control.
Made from Aluminum 6000 Series Alloy, the Reebok Ree Train has impressive strength and durability and lightweight structure
4. Brine Alias
Started out as a small athletic equipment and uniform company in 1922, Brine has been actively participating in the Canadian hockey and soccer scene. It was only in 1950′s that Brine branched out into manufacturing state-of-the-art lacrosse equipment and today, Brine is one of the standards for quality lacrosse equipment including heads, shafts, clothing, and other accessories.
The perfect beginner lacrosse stick is the Brine Alias. The patented Brine Modified Offset maximizes ease of use, accuracy, and ball retention. Its modified pinch feature makes the pocket narrower than usual heads, optimizing superb control. It also employs a soft mesh mechanism that allows quick pocket formation – that means it can allow a faster reaction time on your side.
Some reviewed that it is great for beginners, however, it is not suitable for more intermediate levels.
5. Maverik Bad Boy
The Maverik Bad Boy is the most unforgiving stick when it comes to midfielding and defending. With its wide upper, it is perfect for intercepting sloppy or errand passes. Its design would also prove to be ideal for offense, because it gives ample room for errand passes on your teammate’s behalf. Its wide tip is also perfect for picking up loose balls.
The Maverik Bad Boy’s shaft is made of very lightweight AL6000 alloy, which makes it the perfect all around stick. It’s really cheap too! You can have a complete stick in just $39 – now that is a bargain! It comes with very grungy graffiti design to if you prefer your stick a little pimped out. Or, you can still have the lain one instead.
6. Gait Nuclear Attack
The best feature on the Nuclear Attack is its unique control grip that increases your grip and accuracy when aiming for that winning shot. It has a narrow throat and supportive sidewall design that can max out your potential game-winning prowess.
What I personally like about this stick is that it does not employ the famous AL6000 alloy on its shaft. Instead it uses high-strength, high-endurance Z09 Zirconium, the same material used for cladding nuclear reactor fuels, and used as components for space vehicles by NASA. It can withstand 83000 PSI, which means it will withstand any contact no matter what it is.
What’s more is that recessed laced channels make up the scoop, which allows easy stringing and improved grounded ball pickup. Not only is this suitable for beginners, it is also appropriate for pros too.
7. Harrow Solo
Made from one piece Graphite (Carbon Fiber), the Harrow Solo is one of the lightest and strongest lacrosse sticks available in the market today. It weighs in only at 290 g. It felt like holding a pillow.
Mentioning Graphite should have been enough, but I can share a little more details. It utilizes the new technology from Harrow called Hyper-flex, that makes every shot you make be more efficient, more controlled, and more accurate. How? The common stick today flexes at the head whenever you throw in your shot – this physical reaction depletes the potential power of your stick, of your shot. Harrow’s Hyper-flex technology allows the stick to flex at the throat to achieve a subtle catapult effect that creates a better leverage and follow through, thus enhancing your power and accuracy.
8. Nike Blur Attack
Nike has been one of the best athletic company in the world, and I am one of its biggest fans when it comes to innovation, design, and integration of technology. The Nike Blur Attack is ideal for intermediate level youngsters who wants to amplify their craft on their way on being a lacrosse pro. It is the ideal lacrosse stick for the young attacker.
It features a uniquely angled Aero 10 degree alloy attack shaft – bent at 10° on its throat, it provides superb balance by situating the center of balance further out. Due to the bent angle, it drives the ball towards the pocket area’s sweet spot for hitting those big goals on your opponent.
This innovative stick is only legal on high school play.
9. STX Profile Defense Stick
One of the best defensive sticks around, the STX Profile is my personal choice for defense. In being a defender in lacrosse, it is important to have a stick with ideal length and durability that can withstand contact from checking or inadvertent body checks with the stick.
The STX Profile is the actual stick that the defensive head of Syracuse prefers and recommends (Syracuse is of course, the 2011 NCAA Conference Regular Season Champion) .
The stick features inward-sloping sidewalls which provide significant help in retaining the ball within the pocket area. Like every STX head, it has a modeled Forward Cant which aids to the stick’s exceptional ball retention. It also features the classical octagon shape shaft for superb grip and control.
Ideal for intermediate level defenders and midfielders.
10. STX X3
Probably the stick with the best ball handling feature, the STX X3 is really superb. Like the Nike Blur, it features a 10° angled head which is incorporated to some of its later models for lacrosse sticks for men and women. The extra angle drives the ball to your stick’s sweet spot every time. The 10° angle allows optimum balance as it lets the ball sit farther out. The angles provides easier and faster release of the ball too.
The shaft follows the 10° bend for a sturdier balance. The whole stick is very lightweight and as I have said, easy to control and well-balanced. The shaft features a concave octagon shape where the groves allow no slip action.
Unlucky for the boys, the STX X3 is only available for women and not legal on the NCAA.