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Lacrosse Product-Guide

 

1. Lacrosse Heads

Choosing a Lacrosse Head

Choosing the right lacrosse head from the (vast number) many available on Captain-Lax.com can be a tough task. Angle, stiffness, width and weight are all important aspects to look at when selecting your new lacrosse head. Below is a brief description of the most important characteristics.

Offset/Forward Cant Lacrosse Heads

Probably the most popular head in lacrosse today, the offset lacrosse heads have revolutionized the way we play the game. The offset lacrosse head drops down at the throat (where the head meets the handle) of the lacrosse head, allowing for a lower position of the ball and pocket on the head. A forward cant lacrosse head is also angled down at the throat of the stick. Offset/Froward Cant lacrosse heads are designed to give the player maximum feel and control when carrying the ball, as well as great ball retention enabling quicker passing and shooting.

Onset Lacrosse Heads

Onset lacrosse heads extend straight on out from the handle, where as offset, cant, and curved lacrosse heads all slope downwards. With the development of new lacrosse technologies, fewer onset lacrosse heads are used by top lacrosse players. However, onset lacrosse heads are great for beginners who are learning the proper fundamentals and skills vital to the game of lacrosse.

All of the above mentioned lacrosse heads are used by lacrosse players of all positions with the exception of the goaltender.

Stiffness vs. Flexibility

Stiffness and flexibility are the two main categories which lacrosse manufacturers concentrate on when designing new lacrosse heads. However, different lacrosse players like to play with different kinds of lacrosse heads. Some stiff heads may be heavier than other more flexible heads. For example, a defenseman may want to play with a stiffer head for more effective checking, where as another defenseman may want a more flexible head for picking up loose groundballs. The same can be said for all lacrosse positions. Stiffness and flexibility are all based on the preferences of a lacrosse player. You can’t go wrong with either choice.

Narrow vs. Wide Lacrosse Heads

Lacrosse heads have become more and more narrow in recent years. Again, some lacrosse players prefer narrow lacrosse heads, while others prefer wider heads. An attackman may want to play with a narrower lacrosse head to maximize ball retention and to protect the ball from defensive checks. Another attackman may want to play with a wider head for an easier catch in a tight situation near the crease. A defenseman may choose to play with a wider lacrosse head in an effort to deflect passes, and also make it easier to catch. Most lacrosse heads with narrow or shapes are designed for the more advanced lacrosse players, purely because it is harder to catch with a narrower lacrosse head compared to a wider one.

Why should I pinch my lacrosse head?

The pinch helps you to keep the lacrosse ball longer in your pocket. The thinner the pocket the better the lacrosse ball lies in your pocket. But never forget: Also catching is much more tricky with a pinched lacrosse head. Also keep the rules of the game in mind concerning pinching. Don't overplay it, or you run the risk of your lacrosse head becoming illegal. Also, if you pinch your lacrosse head by yourself, always remember that this leads to the loss of your warranty.

What's the scoop?

The scoop is the top part of your lacrosse head with which you scoop up the ball into your pocket. Different manufacturers use different techniques and use different names, but they all try to make groundballs as easy as possible.

How can I string my lacrosse head?

Very easy! Just click on the type of mesh you want to use and follow the self-explanatory instructions.

Stringing Manual Mesh Pocket

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Stringing Manual Traditional Strung Pocket

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2. Lacrosse Arm Pads

As with all other lacrosse pads, it is important that arm pads fit snugly on your arms, protect you, and allow for maximum mobility. There are many different kinds of lacrosse arm pads, each one offering something unique. Attackmen may want to wear a longer lacrosse arm pad which covers a larger portion of their arms and has added protection on the elbows. Many defensemen, the guys beating up the attackmen, choose to wear smaller, less protective elbow pads for maximum mobility to throw checks. Most lacrosse arm pads are fit with Velcro straps that wrap around the arm and allow for easy adjustments.

3. Lacrosse Gloves

As with shoes, sizes of lacrosse gloves can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Generally speaking lacrosse gloves by Brine usually are a little smaller than from other manufacturers. Harrow lacrosse gloves can be considered to have a standard size. However, if in doubt, you should always choose the bigger size - again: as with shoes...

4. Lacrosse Shafts/Handles

Types of Lacrosse Shafts/Handles

Aluminum Lacrosse Shafts

Once the most common lacrosse shaft, aluminum lacrosse handles have a good strength-to-weight ratio. These shafts are great for lacrosse players of all ages. However, with technology advancing lighter and stronger handles of other materials are now used by higher level lacrosse players. Aluminum shafts are great for all positions, even goalies. As aluminium lacrosse shafts are usually cheaper than other shafts, they are great for beginners.

Titanium Lacrosse Shafts

Titanium lacrosse shafts provide a much higher strength-to-weight ratio than any aluminum shaft available. Known for their superior strength, Titanium lacrosse handles are great for lacrosse players who need a durable handle that can withstand the physical nature of the game without sacrificing weight. The Warrior Titan Pro Titanium for example is the number one choice of all Major League Lacrosse pros.

Composite Lacrosse Shafts

Composite lacrosse shafts are made of high grade carbon fiber, allowing for great strength and weight. The composite lacrosse shaft allows for ultimate feel and control. Because of their rubberized surface there is no need for grip tape with composite lacrosse handles.

Alloy Lacrosse Shafts

Alloy lacrosse shafts are characterized by their unmatched feel and weight. They are the lightest lacrosse shafts in the game and also deliver great strength. Many manufacturers are now adding built-in grips to their alloy lacrosse handles which offer you an unique and advantageous feel. Alloy shafts include, variations of C405, Vanadium, and many other mixed metal combinations.

Scandium Lacrosse Shafts

Made of high performance element number 21. scandium lacrosse shafts feature the highest strength-to-weight ratio in the lacrosse world. This shaft is great for lacrosse players of all positions, because of its great feel and durability.

5. Lacrosse Meshes

With so many great heads on the market we get asked, "What is the best head?" That's kind of like asking, "What's the best burger?" The answer should be the one you like best... for whatever reason. The truth is, most great players can play great lacrosse with almost any lacrosse head. The key is the pocket, which is the individualized aspect of lacrosse.

When do I use a soft-mesh and when do I use a hard-mesh?

It always depends on your preferences. Your soft-mesh is leveled up much faster than your hard-mesh. Also, soft-mesh is better for cradling and catching. It gives you better control over the lacrosse ball. The hard-mesh on the contrary is much more durable. In addition to that the hard-mesh makes passes and shots a lot faster. A beginner should use a soft-mesh, because the lacrosse ball stays better in a soft-mesh.

Mesh vs. Traditional?

The benefits of mesh over traditional pockets are simple: The vast majority of stick stringers can fix or restring a mesh pocket easier and faster than traditional ones. Maintaining a nice traditional pocket is a lot more work than maintaining a nice mesh pocket. Taditonal pockets consist of leather strings. If these get wet, the pocket stretches and sags and if they dry, they get stiff and tight. However, a lot of experienced lacrosse players love their traditional pockets. The advantage of a traditional pocket is that the strining options are endless. That means you can customize your traditional pocket in almost any way you like. As this requires high stringing skills, mesh pockets are propably the better choice for beginners.

How many diamonds do I need in my pocket?

We offer hard-mesh in a lot of variations and colors. Less diamonds break in a little quicker, while more diamonds hold a pocket better. Some stringers tell us that fewer diamonds are a bigger pain to string. We don't recommend any particular mesh over another. There is more sizzle than substance to these arguments. It's the same as with a lot of other lacrosse equipment pieces: Whatever works best for you and gives you confidence and success, that is what you should go with.

What is that thing called whip?

You may have heard lacrosse players of all ages use this term. When asked what that means, you usually receive a wide range of different responses. One way to describe it is: The way the lacrosse ball feels as it leaves your pocket, when you take a shot or make a pass. Great players control the release of the lacrosse ball by knowing the whip of their pockets. Too much whip means that the lacrosse ball is very likely to hit the tip of the lacrosse head, when you take a shot or make a pass. As a result the lacrosse balls flies downwards and hits the ground way to early. Not enough whip means that the pocket is usually not deep enough or you do not use enough shooting strings. In this case you will not feel the lacrosse ball when it leaves your pocket. Shots and passes usually fly too high and over their target. The key to get the perfect whip is the adjustment of the shooting strings, which again is a little different depending on the likes of each lacrosse player.

What about Shooting Strings?

Lacrosse shooting strings are basically hockey-shoe-laces. There is more to this simple aspect of a lacrosse stick than you might realize. The material out of which the shooting strings are made of, is a critical factor. We have chosen synthetic fibers for our laces in order to provide the best shooting strings. Cotton on the other hand would hold too much water in rainy conditions. Shooting strings are the key to proper ball release and can be adjusted to get that individual feeling for the lacrosse ball called whip.

What are V-strings?

V-strings are shooting string (hockey-shoe-laces), which are strung into the middle of the pocket in the shape of the letter V. V-stings help you to keep the lacrosse ball always on one spot in your pocket, while you are cradeling. However, the V-string should not make the ball stick to your pocket, as this would have a bad influence on your passes and shots. Some lacrosse players like 'em, some don't. It's on you to put a V-string into your pocket. We offer extra long laces so you can do whatever you want, experiment, and find out what works best for you.




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