Lax.com believes that lacrosse defensive long poles deserve love too! That's why we only sell the best defensive shafts in lacrosse! What our Pros look for in a defensive shaft is a durable shaft that is also lightweight. If you are a long stick midfielder (LSM) who likes to play in transition and shoot, we recommend going with a shaft with some more flex. If you are down low defenseman whose biggest strength is locking down the opposition's best attackman, you need to go with a stiff shaft. The top shafts are composed of both metal and composite carbons. If you want to learn the difference between metal and carbon lacrosse shafts watch our video. Here are a few of our Pro picks for the best lacrosse shafts of 2020.
The The Maverik Caliber Defense Lacrosse Shaft is a favorite among our Pros for defensemen who are looking to play hard without worrying about the integrity of their stick. The Dual Wall Taper reinforces the center of the shaft so you can throw hard checks with confidence and the adjustable butt-end is a great extra feature. The Caliber is also the shaft of choice for 4x NCAA All American LSM CJ Costabile.
Epoch Dragonfly lacrosse shafts come in different flex ranges and are designed for high end shooters who want that extra pop in their game. We recommend the Epoch Dragonfly IQ9 series for any players shooting under 85 MPH and the IQ5 series for the bigger guys. These shafts will typically add 3-5 MPH to your shots, which is just enough to buzz the goalie's tower for most players. Slightly gritty texture and the most popular of all the carbon shafts by far.
If you are an elite defensemen looking for a new shaft, look no further than the STX Hammer 700 defensive lacrosse shaft. The shaft is designed with the elite, lock-down defender in mind. Our Pros here who throw lumbering checks love the Hammer 700 since it will leave a mark. STX used a new carbon construction system which allows for the shaft to be stronger than previous models and while improving on the feel of the STX Hammer 700 shaft. On the bottom third of the Hammer 700 defensive shaft, there is a 3D grip, which gives you the increased control you need to throw accurate poke checks and take the ball away. The design of the Hammer 700 gives the shaft an octagon shape which is perfect for defensemen who like to just completely lock down an opponent.
The updated ECD Carbon Pro 2.0 Defensive shaft is made for powerful checks and shots. Our Pros think the colorway of this shaft is "on fire" with the gold accents. The technology is amazing as well. The Low Kick Point provides the power you need to defend against any opponent. ECD utilized years of carbon fiber research and development to build on the industry-leading Carbon Pro, and they have once again raised the bar for performance. ECD paired their Kick Point Technology with new flex profiles and raised texture for a style-specific playing experience you will not find anywhere else. On top of that, ECD has applied a long-lasting and more durable paint and texture, which will help increase the life of your lacrosse shaft.
The STX SC-TI lacrosse shaft has been part of college lacrosse for the past 10 years. STX revamped the Sc-TI this year with three shapes, X, R, & S. The STX SC-TI X is our most popular, since it has a similar shape profile of the old Surgeon SC-ti and is the lightest of the SC-TI options. The combination of scandium and titanium produces one of the lightest and most durable shafts in the game. For those players that appreciate the metal feel, when you pick one of these up it feels light as paper, but put an end on the ground and try and bend it and it simply won't budge. Take a look at the big guy's sidelines and you will see these everywhere.
The Warrior Regulator Max Pro Carbon Defensive lacrosse shaft is Warrior's newest lacrosse shaft. Weighing in at only 340 grams, this is already one of the lightest options available for 60-inch defensive lacrosse shafts. Warrior's new minimus carbon fiber technology helps them develop shafts that are super lightweight, while still maintaining the strength and durability that Warrior is famous for. Our Pros here also love the grip on this shaft. Over the years Warrior has had some of the best shaft grips around, and the Regulator Max Pro is no different. Built with their Diamond Grip, you get maximum control of the shaft and allows you to throw accurate checks while at the same time allowing you the stick control needed when clearing the ball.
The Maverik Hypercore Lacrosse Defense shaft is a welcome addition to the Maverik Carbon shaft family. Made from a Carbon Composite, this lightweight shaft provides ultimate performance ins strength and weight. This lacrosse shaft features I-Beam Carbon Core technology, with zero flex when shooting, which provides unrivaled accuracy. Our Pro's love the lightweight, traditional shape, and matte finish of this shaft. This shaft also includes the Maverik signature ABE (Adjustable Butt-End). This shaft was tested by our Pro's and it didn't flex when they took a shot. Perfect for rising players all the way through college.
The Maverik Mission Blank lacrosse shaft is the first ever, no frills super light shaft that is made especially for those that let their game do the talking. With the patented ABE butt end that lets you determine where you want you bottom hand to rest without the need for heavy tape jobs. The new Maverik Blank is quickly climbing the top sellers list with those players that want the best lightweight materials without all the glitz and glam that other manufactures are splashing around. This price point is amazing for a shaft. This haft is lightweight, strong and we are already seeing high demand with the elite high school crowd.
Perfect for any budget! The Nike Vandal is lightweight, durable alloy lacrosse shaft that is great for defense. So lightweight your stick movements are going to be quick and swift. Newly updated graphics and a textured surface add for a secure grip in challenging conditions. Perfect for any level of play! The Nike Vandal lacrosse shaft has been a top seller here at Lax.com due to the superior value to weight ratio and simple graphics.
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The Lax.com Pro Staff
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