The best defense lacrosse heads of 2019 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 technology in molding the plastic has allowed for bigger and stiffer sidewalls without 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 new Enduraform technology makes this version of the Hammer simply stiffer and lighter than before. The Hammer lacrosse head has the widest sidewalls available which really make those slap checks sting and is also one of the stiffest heads on the market. Aggressive poke checks and the ability for 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 at the highest levels.
This lacrosse 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 in-line passes. Our Pro’s like the Maverik Tank for the Control and true high bucket pocket. Full field passes, long clears, no worries here when strung up with StringKing 4S or East Coast Dyes semi-soft.
This is the meat stick of the bunch. Of course, the story here is the consistency of the WARP, high pockets. Just look at what some of the Pros used this summer. Many have made the switch to a WARP and they can play with whatever they want. A little lighter than the other two because of the Kevlar pocket – yet heftier in sidewall design and designed to really lay the lumber on attackman. This head is used by one of the best defensemen in the world, Tucker Durkin, due to the consistency and strength.
For years LSMs and defensemen who wanted improved ball control and a tight face shape have been forced to use offensive heads. While you had much better ball control, you had to sacrifice some of the defensive capabilities of the head. Most were too flexible and could not withstand the rigors of playing defense. The Maverik Havok helps solves that problem! Using their X-Rail Technology, Maverik was able to create a lightweight and stiff head, that is perfect for every play-making longpole.
This elite head is arguably the stiffest head on the market. ECD built the new DNA head with their FlexForm material to help eliminate warping. If you play a lot during the summer and the hot months, this is the perfect head for you. This head is heavier than traditional heads, but it is worth the added weight for the increased stability and consistency. The ECD DNA is designed for offensive midfielders first, but this is the right head for any aggressive player who wants a head that will give them great control of the ball allowing to help push transition.
New for the 2020 season, the Stallion Omega is the newest head on the list. Built with STX's new Omega polymer giving this head the highest strength to weight ratio of any head in STX history! The Speed Scoop technology in other STX head was a huge selling point, so STX improved the technology to make it even easier to pick up ground balls! The STX Stallion Omega is one of the most technologically advanced heads on this markets.
The best defensive lacrosse heads of 2020 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 hole 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. Our Lax.com custom stringers are trusted by the very best of high school and collegiate players.
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The Lax.com Pro Staff