The Difference Between Hard and Soft Lacrosse Mesh

Aug 26, 2018

Ever wonder what the difference between soft and hard lacrosse mesh for men's & women's lacrosse?  Watch Brandon Butler, Pro, explain the difference and how each type of mesh can create a players own custom pocket, based on their style of play.  Lacrosse mesh has always been used in mens lacrosse, but lacrosse mesh is now approved in women's sticks as well. 

Before current companies such as StringKing and East Coast Dyes, began researching and creating high performance mesh there were limited styles and types of lacrosse mesh.  Both types of lacrosse mesh are great options for players, but there are advantages based on the style of play and your end goal for pocket performance.  Here is a quick breakdown if you are curious about which mesh to choose.  

Understanding Hard Mesh For Lacrosse 

- Ball sits in one spot of the stick and generally does not rattle.
- Has a better life expectancy in rain.
- Pockets shape will stay consistent and have a longer life span.  
- Harder to string with because of how rigid the mesh is.
- Less ball feel as player cradles.
- Longer time breaking in the pocket due to the mesh being hard.  

Understanding Soft Mesh For Lacrosse

- Game ready as soon as the head is strung, there is no break in time needed.
- Players have better feel of where the ball is in the stick with soft mesh.
- Soft mesh is easier to string then hard mesh.  
- The mesh will loose its shape and begin to bag out over time.
- When it rains the mesh fills with water in the rain making the stick harder to throw.
- Soft mesh requires maintenance to keep its pocket because it can shift or snap very easily. strings up lacrosse heads for some of the best women's & mens programs in the nation. Watch the video to see why Connor Kelly, a 2x First Team All-America, a 3x NCAA All-Tournament Team selection, a 3x Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection uses to string up all his sticks. offers a lacrosse head pocket color customizer so you can pick your own colors and design your own pocket.  Not sure which mesh you should pick? Not sure how to string your head? Call a Pro Stringer to get your next Premiere Custom Strung lacrosse pocket at 855-255-5294.  

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