The new Fortress 500 defensive stick is designed for the advanced women's players that want a wider head shape for easier ground balls and interceptions. The Fortress has become the go to complete stick for the top women's collegiate teams in the nation. The Pocket design is still much the same as the best selling STX Crux and Exult sticks, where the ball is carried higher in the pocket.
This head and shaft combo does not, however, have the 10 degree technology that offensive players covert. 10 degree technology actually pushes the ball even higher towards the top of the stick and allows for a much quicker release on shots and passes. SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 10 DEGREE AND STRAIGHT SHAFT TECHNOLOGY HERE.
Many defensive players opted out of the 10 degree technology and go for the straight shaft. Why? Because, the straight shaft allows them to control ground balls easier as well as get some more loft on their passes during clears. Prices approximately $50 lower than the highest end offensive sticks, this Fortress 500 is mounted on the thicker STX Propel shaft that most of the ladies on defense prefer. It's easier to hold and wont slip as it has a bit of a grip feel.