The best defense lacrosse heads all share designs which have widened the top of the throat up near the scoop and created a high pocket zone for easier ground balls and ball handling with long poles. New plastics technology has allowed for bigger and stiffer sidewalls with out a lot of added extra weight. There is no great distinction between youth and collegiate play in the defensive lacrosse head category. If your player can control a long pole, these designs will only help their ball handling and clearing skills.
The STX Hammer 500 is the most popular collegiate and high school head of the bunch. The Hammer head has the widest sidewalls which really make those slap checks sting and is also one of the stiffest heads on the market. Aggressive poke checks and the highest pocket of the group really make this an all around elite players head for defensemen that are confident in their abilities and skills.
The Maverik Tank head also boasts a wider design and strings well for mid-high pocket. The tank is a great choice for players that find themselves frequently running the ball up over the mid-line on clears rather than passing it up. The mid-high pocket allows defenseman to pass with some “air” under the ball as well as rip some hard inline passes
The Warrior Regulator Max is the meat stick of the bunch. A little thinner in shape than the other two – but heftier and designed to really lay the lumber on attackman. This is a stay home defenders dream head because the bit of extra weight and thickness is simply devastating starting at the high school levels. Very popular with the collegiate and pro crowd and really big following growing in box lacrosse.
The best defensive lacrosse heads of 2018 is a short list of specialty designs that all focus on ground balls, ease of clearing passes and stiffness above and beyond normal tolerances. The biggest key here is getting someone that really knows what they are doing with each of these heads to string them with the appropriate pocket setups. The sidewall holes setups on each of these heads is very different and you have to know where to start and finish certain knots to get peak performance. Here at Lax.com our stringers are trusted by the very best of high school and collegiate players. A good semi-soft or semi-hard mesh is the key to starting a good bucket with a channel in these heads. Please call us at 855-255-5294 if you have any questions.
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