If you are an advanced player with years of experience, this article is not likely for you, as by now your probably have a fairly good sense of what lacrosse heads fit your position (s) and style. You probably even have a certain lacrosse gear manufacturer or small list of companies you have the most preference for. For everyone else, choosing the right lacrosse head can be a daunting process, especially when faced with the myriad of choices you may come across in large retail store pictured above.
I am here to break it down into basics for you to give you some working idea of what you may be looking for.
Defensive heads generally are stiff to deliver a hard check, one potentially felt through the pads, as well as a wide scoop for gobbling up ground balls. The Brine Triumph, Maverik Tank, and Warrior Regulator fits these criteria very well. For long stick middies with an offensive flare may desire a high performance head that can also be used for accurate feeding and shooting like the Warrior Revo.
Attack and middies that do not face off benefit from heads that are pinched with sidewall control with ample holes for stringing pocket customization and channel control. The Brine RP3, Maverik Tactik, Warrior Evo, or STX Stallion.
Face-off middies benefit from semi-stiff heads that will toe the line between having enough bend to accommodate face-off tactics but stiff enough to maintain its shape after countless face-offs. Heads that fit these criteria include the Warrior NOZ, Warrior Blade, Brine Dictator, and the Brine Clutch.
Goalie heads I think speak for themselves.
I hope this helps players work through the menagerie of lacrosse head choices. This just scratches the surface of course, but I stuck with my own preferences based on my experiences as a player and coach.
Dr. Roger Welton was a 4 year starter for Montclair State University and was selected as a First Team All Knickerbocker Conference Midfielder in 1995, 1996. He is the founder of the Viera-Suntree Lacrosse Club and Space Coast Elite Lacrosse Club in Brevard County, Florida.