Lacrosse Heads

Introduction to Lacrosse Heads

All lacrosse heads are different in one way or another, having different traits, designs, and mainly different pinches. Heads range form being wide (beginner heads), which means that it is easy to catch with, but the ball will fall out of the head easier, to narrow(experienced players), which means it will be harder to catch with but throwing will generally be more accurate and handling will be easier. Generally speaking, wide heads are used anywhere from 3 years if you start young to one year if you start mid to late middle school. Unless you are a defender, if you can handle a narrow head, then use it.

For defenders, however, a wide head can help deflect and intercept the ball from players on the opposing team. For LSM’s, a narrow head is recommended, because it will help with dodging with the long pole.


Strength and Weight

The strength of the head is also important. The stronger it is, the more expensive it will be, but a strong head can keep you from coming back for a new one so it can be a good investment in the end. Some players want the head to flex, but at a point become stiff, to provide a little snap to your shot.

Weight is also an important factor. Weight is a very debatable subject, but pricewise, the lighter it is, the more expensive it is. Once you reach the maximum of strength vs. weight, you will then have to choose what kind of ratio you want. A heavy head can provide power to your shots by adding momentum, but swift dodges will become a problem. A light lacrosse head makes handling an ease, but without power in your shot, what is the point of being able to dodge in? Also, a heavy lacrosse head is generally stronger.


While heads are a subject that can be debated for years without finding an answer, analysing your play style can help. Bigger players who use brute force to get behind the defenders will be able to handle a heavier lacrosse head, while the more speed-and agility-based players will be able to use a lighter lacrosse head to their advantage.



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