How To Buy A Lacrosse Goalie Head For Any Type Of Player
Lacrosse goalie head options do not vary much between the top end models, but there are some slight differences in sidewall shape and string-ability that can have a big effect on your game.
The three main components are :
- Throat handles
- Flex at the scoop
So when talking with high school and collegiate women and men “ball stoppers”, the biggest factor will be the combination of flex at the scoop and overall stiffness. Many saves are made towards the top of the head and the nightmare scenario is getting the stick on the ball and having the head flex so much from impact that the ball bends the head and makes it into the goal. Slow-motion photography reveals that a lot of these would be “saves” just didn’t happen because the shot overpowered the head. For that reason there are really only three lacrosse goalie heads that we are comfortable recommending as the best for the high school and collegiate players.
The STX Eclipse 2 lacrosse goalie head is a top pick of our Pro’s at Lax.com. One of the best overall heads to string, the STX Eclipse 2 is the second generation of the first version, the STX Eclipse, which was the best seller of all time. Big, deep channel up the middle, eats rebounds and when strung properly, rips passes on a rope or allows goalies to get a little air on the ball over the riding attack man. STX also came out with a complete stick using the STX Eclipse 2. Learn more about this complete goalie stick option here.
The stiffest lacrosse goalie head in the game. This is really the choice most collegiate players go to. Bigger, beefier sidewalls stop the hardest shots with ease. Slightly heavier than the Eclipse 2 but the college players don’t care. Awesome, ergonomic throat allows that top hand to ride almost up to the ball stop for maximum upper hand drives to the ball.
The Warrior Nemesis 2 lacrosse goalie head has a more pointed and angled sidewall design that deflects most balls hitting the sidewall into the mesh. This design is a favorite among the professional players who are facing some of the biggest shots in the game. Flex at the scoop is stiff and up to the task. The throat design is tapered in the back so you can get your top hand up towards the ball.
These are the big three of the top lacrosse goalie heads in the game. If you are looking for the best all around goalie lacrosse head, with high performance, that strings up with the most consistency, go with the STX Eclipse 2 lacrosse goalie head. You just can’t go wrong. As a goalie you will definitely want to see this video montage, produced by Lax.com, of the Best Saves Of 2016.
The Brine Eraser and the STX Shield 100 are great options for goalies that are just getting started. Honestly, if a goalie is brand new, or you are buying for K-3rd grade town program, you can save the money and just get the STX Shield 100. Got a player in 4th-6th grade and want to step up a bit and help them with their rebounds and clearing, get a Brine Eraser and have us string it up for you. They come out great and will last through a season or two before your player will want to get a higher level head. Be sure to check out all our goalie equipment to see the latest and greatest gear for 2018.
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