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      The Best Lacrosse Equipment for Beginners - Shafts, Heads, and Complete Sticks


      Here at United Sport & Cycle, we understand that choosing the right equipment for your sport can be a challenging endeavor. That’s why we want to make sure our customers have access to all the proper information to ensure they get their hands on the most suitable equipment for them.  

      Today, we are going to talk about the best lacrosse equipment for players in the beginning phase of their careers – including shafts, heads, and complete sticks. We consulted local Lacrosse superstar and National Lacrosse League (NLL) professional, Erik Turner, to bring us the most up to date information on all our equipment, meaning this advice is coming straight from the pros! 

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      First Off - What Equipment do I need as a Beginner Lacrosse Player?

      To begin, you are going to need to choose a lacrosse head and a lacrosse shaft/handle, or choose to buy a complete stick. Whether you are a new player or a professional, it is important to ensure that your equipment is the best possible fit for you so that you are set up for maximum success. In addition to a good lacrosse head and shaft, you are going to need to get equipped with full protective equipment – including a helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder and rib pads, and potentially goalie pads - should that be your position of choice. Most entry level players end up purchasing a complete stick due to the purchasing simplicity—but that does not mean you can’t choose buy the head and shaft separately should that be your preference. Regardless of what set-up you decide to go with, our comprehensive lacrosse equipment buying guide has got you covered.  

      Buying the Right Lacrosse Head

      There are varying degrees of stiffness, width, weight, and angles that can be considered when looking to buy a Lacrosse head. These specifications have a wide range of effects on the performance of your lacrosse head – but for beginners, we recommend sticking with a head that is suitable for both offense and defense and allows players to develop their skills at both ends of the floor. These heads are often wider, possess medium stiffness, and feature a generous pocket. We had Erik Turner, a professional player in the National Lacrosse League, give us his top recommendations for beginner lacrosse heads which are featured below.

      StringKing 2T Lacrosse Head

      “For the complete lacrosse player, the StringKing 2T Head is designed for the players who make plays on both ends of the floor. It is stiff enough to handle the demands of defensive checking and loose ball play, but has a face shape and stringing set up that allows for a great pocket for when you head to the offensive end of the floor. This is a great head for players who are just getting started in the game and are developing on both ends of the floor, or for the more advanced player who makes an impact in all aspects of the game.”

      The beauty of this lacrosse head is that although it is beginner friendly, it has an advanced enough design that it can continue to be used by players as their skills develop.

      StringKing 2V Lacrosse Head

      “For the complete lacrosse player, the Stringking 2V Lacrosse Head is designed for the players who make plays on both ends of the floor. It is stiff enough to handle the demands of defensive checking and loose ball play, but has a face shape and stringing set up that allows for a great pocket for when you head to the offensive end of the floor. This is a great head for players who are just getting started in the game and are developing on both ends of the floor, or for the more advanced player who makes an impact in all aspects of the game.”

      The beauty of this lacrosse head is that although it is beginner friendly, it has an advanced enough design that it can continue to be used by players as their skills develop. 

      String King Intermediate Legend Lacrosse Head

      “The String King Intermediate Legend Lacrosse Head is a great overall head for a really low cost. For players just getting started in the game, a good stick can make all the difference in their ability to grasp the fundamentals. The Intermediate Legend is a great head for high performance in all aspects of the game. Plus, the wide range of stringing options provided by the 29 sidewall holes gives players the opportunity to customize the stick to their preferences.”

      This head is not only beginner friendly, but cost friendly, making it a very attractive option for lacrosse newcomers. Pair this with this head's ability to be customized and it is a fantastic choice for any lacrosse player. 

      The Best Lacrosse Heads for Beginners

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      StringKing Senior Mark 2V Lacrosse Head

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      StringKing Intermediate Legend Lacrosse Head

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      Buying the Right Lacrosse Shaft

      Although lacrosse shafts can feature a variety of specifications, they are not quite as complicated as heads in terms of features. As an overview, lighter shafts keep you more agile and quick to move down the field, whereas stronger shafts are more durable and can therefore take more physicality and deal out heavier checks. Luckily, many manufacturers have now come out with advanced technologies and materials that allow for shafts to be both light and strong, for well-rounded and unprecedented performance in all positions. Erik Turner took our products for a test drive and has determined the following lacrosse shafts to be the most suitable for beginners: 

      Under Armour Meso Shaft

      “The UA Meso Lacrosse Shaft is lightweight and durable! This composite shaft is extremely light and won’t bend or dent like some metal shafts. A great shaft option for all experience levels who prefer to play with a lighter stick. It has a classic profile, which gives you a solid feel for the stick even with your gloves on. Plus, a subtle textured grip that helps you with control in all conditions. As an added bonus, this shaft just looks really cool!”

      The beauty of the UA Meso is that it is just as suitable for experienced players as it is for beginners! This lacrosse shaft will provide everything you need at every stage of your game—making it an awesome buy. 

      String King Junior Composite Pro

      Although not reviewed by Erik Turner due to its junior build, the String King Junior Composite Pro Lacrosse Shaft is perfect for ages 13 & under and features smart taper technology to keep the shaft light, yet strong and balanced. It is designed with beginner players in mind, and as a result emphasizes consistency and accuracy. Any young player looking to get into the game cannot go wrong with this lacrosse shaft.

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      StringKing Junior Composite Pro Attack 135g Lacrosse Shaft

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      Under Armour Senior Meso Attack Lacrosse Shaft

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      Can’t Decide Which Lacrosse Head and Shaft to Pair? Try out one of our Complete Sticks! 

      As a general trend – most beginner lacrosse players end up opting for a complete stick to avoid the process of having to match up heads and shafts. Lucky for you all—we carry a wide range of complete sticks tailored especially for beginners that will simplify the purchasing process and have you set up for success! The following complete sticks come reviewed and highly recommended from Erik Turner.  

      Warrior Senior Evo Warp Next Complete Lacrosse Stick

      “One of the most important factors for new players is having a solid stick setup. The Evo Warp Next Complete Stick is a great entry level option for players who are new to the game. No stick maintenance required and will provide you everything you need to be successful in the different aspects of the game. The Evo Warp Next is a great option for players looking for consistency and performance.”

      This well-rounded complete stick is hassle free and great for any beginner. No Maintenance required means more time to focus on the game & improving your lacrosse skills!

      Senior Fatboy Burn Warp Next MD1 Complete Lacrosse Stick

      “A complete stick built for box lacrosse! The Burn Warp Complete Stick offers a solid mid pocket which sets players up for high level ball control, passing, and shooting. Paired with a shaft that is designed for the developing box lacrosse player, this is a great complete stick for beginner to intermediate level players. If you get excited about scoring goals, this is probably the stick for you!”

      Perfect for the beginner athlete who has a passion for scoring. This stick is still completely suited for both ends of the floor however, making it ideal for players at any position to develop their game.

      String King Complete Lacrosse Sticks

      “Professionally strung head paired with a high-quality shaft make it easy for you to get in the game and have success. StringKing Completes offer players of all levels and experience a stick that will perform at a high level across the variety of situations and skills required in lacrosse. As a newer player, a StringKing complete is a great way to get started in the game knowing you have the right stick to be successful.”

      StringKing has a variety of complete lacrosse sticks available, with the most popular models being the Junior & Intermediate Complete 2’s due to their versatility, unbeatable value, and the fact that they come ready for game-time with no break-in necessary and no complicated maintenance required.

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      Warrior Senior Evo Warp Next Lacrosse Stick

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      Warrior Senior Fatboy Burn Warp Next MD1 Lacrosse Stick

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      StringKing Intermediate Complete 2 Lacrosse Stick

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      Now you're ready to go out and buy the perfect lacrosse shaft, head, or complete stick for you! 

      That brings us to the end of our lacrosse equipment buying guide for beginners! If you have any more questions—please do not hesitate to send an email, phone us, or drop by our Edmonton store to talk to one of our lacrosse equipment experts. Thank you for reading!

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