What’s the best lacrosse head for you? There’s so many more options out there and in fact there’s an abundance of great quality lacrosse heads which surprisingly may not cost as much as you think and help elevate your game.
Whenever I buy new equipment, I want to buy products that will separate me from the pack. I have spent countless hours testing and analysing different heads to write this article and I’m ready to nerd out a little below.
Typically, the size and width of your lacrosse head is determined by your position as well as your skill level. I usually always get asked is it worth spending over $300 for a new lacrosse head? The answer is it really depends on how much you play and how serious you are about your lacrosse.
Different Lacrosse Heads
You are now probably wondering which Lacrosse head should I go for? We’d recommend that beginners or defensemen typically want to go for a wider head as this will help make catching as easy as possible as well as picking up the ball from the ground. Attackers or midfielders will prefer a more narrow pinched narrow head for maximum shot accuracy as well as hold and control but it does mean that catching might be slightly harder.
Reading the heading you might be wondering what is offset? Most heads come with this design feature which is the drop off the head right after the throat. It’s designed to lower the ball in the stick and will enhance your feel and control.
Finally you might want to think about what stiffness you’d want to go for. You can either go for a flexible or stiff head. Stiff heads are great for defenders who like to check hard and are designed extra sturdy for ground balls. For offensive players, they may prefer the flexible option which is a lightweight head for maximum hand speed and control.
This one is slightly overlooked and you might be first wondering what the scoop is? It’s a feature on the top of the lacrosse head and affects the way the ball comes in and out of the head. If you are an offensive player, you’ll probably go for a curved/ pointed scoop which improves accuracy so that the ball comes straight out every single time. The other option is a flat scoop which is a little wider and easier to pick up the ball so suits a beginner or even a defensive player.
Whatever kind of player you are, there is definitely a lacrosse head for you. As a quick heads up, most of these options come unstrung so I have found a quick two minute guide which is about which mesh you should choose for your lacrosse head.
So let’s go down and take a look at our top picks of the best lacrosse heads right now and if you are looking for a solid shaft to attach this to, here’s our look at the best lacrosse attack heads available right now. We can also show you some of the best defence shafts out there too.
Best Lacrosse Heads 2019
1. Warrior Regulator X
The Warrior Regulator X has an extremely wide face shape which makes it easy to catch with and also pick off passes.
The head is X spec so you can use it in high school and college. It is angled very well, and it is easy to get ground balls on natural grass and turf. Another cool thing about this head is that it has some fine detailing on the scoop.
The Regulator X had a revamped revolution style sidewall that is a lot more aggressive. The gaps are slightly larger at the top so it will be a bit stiffer. It has an OG style looking throat with all the cutouts and other skits.
It features a very nice looking warrior throat which looks awesome. Warrior introduced a new technology called lock throat that works pretty well.
The 18 solid holes that go all the way down in the head will give you a lot of pocket options. All the holes are slightly enlarged to make it a bit easier to start off.
2. Maverik Optik U
The Maverik Optik U features a scoop that is extremely rounded which makes it great for ground balls. It is stiff, but it has a decent flex enough for shooting.
The outer ridges feature a matte finish while the inside of the sidewall is dug out. It features plenty of sidewall holes that allow you to string any pocket. This lacrosse head is mainly designed for a mid to low pocket because of the level to the bottom rail.
The top screen has six extremely large top string holes and the bottom string holes are large enough to fit leathers. It is stiff and rigid at the start point of the throat but as you move up, you will notice a little more flex.
It is easy to catch with and it still has a nice flare and pinch point to it that allows you to keep the ball on your stick very easily.
The head was definitely made for face-off position because the head is extremely stiff but if you are a power through player it is great because you can overpower so well with it. The Maverik Optik U weighs 4.8 ounces which is right in the middle of all the high-end heads.
3. Warrior Evo 5X
If you have read some of my other articles then you will know that I absolutely love Warrior products. They produce really good quality products that are made to last.
In fact, you may have noticed the Warrior Evo range being mentioned before in our article about the best lacrosse helmets. So why does the Warrior Evo do so well?
The Warrior Evo 5X is my favorite Evo because they have a dialed face shape.
It is super lightweight – the head is exactly 5.3 ounces. The 17 stringing holes allow you to create any pocket. It is a great head for passing.
The lock door technology helps the screw lock onto the shaft really good, so you don’t have to worry about the head rattle.
The new tilt technology on this head helps to force the shrinks to pull the mesh tighter and gives players a better consistency on the field so you never miss out on accuracy.
The Evo gem on the front is exquisite and stands out from other heads on the market. The Evo 5X is great for ground balls.
4. Nike CEO
The Nike CEO is a universal head which means it is legal for college and high school.
It has a very narrow face shape and a very high flare point which gives you a lot of natural accuracy and some great ball retention.
Its pointed scoop will give you a natural channel and it will help you when you are shooting. With the kick point being super low, it will give you a very quick and smooth release.
The Nike CEO has 8 large holes that go all the way across the head and they are also well spaced. It also has 4 well sized and well placed sponsoring holes that are big enough for leathers.
The Nike CEO weighs 5.1 ounces which put it in the realm of what you would expect in an elite-level head.
Overall, the Nike CEO is a pretty easy head to string, the head naturally fits a mid pocket, and with the tight face shape, it will suit the mid pocket. It has a very smooth and snappy release, so it will be great for anyone playing attack or anyone that likes to get shots off very quickly. It is made of high-quality plastic that doesn’t get brittle in the cold or too flimsy in the heat.
5. Warrior Burn FO
The Warrior Burn FO was inspired by Trevor Baptiste. It features an insertable throat which means you will have a shorter throat with this lacrosse head.
The scoop is great because it is angled and it allows you to get ground balls at a higher angle. The sidewalls are all built to last, and it is a forward flexing head.
Its flexible left sidewall allows you to gain control and position on 50/50 battles. Its shorter throat allows players to gain leverage faster after the whistle.
Its universal pinch design can accommodate multiple face-off, face-flex, or traditional styles. It was designed asymmetrically to provide a balance between recovery, strength, and flex.
The Warrior Burn FO was designed to accommodate the most popular face-off techniques.
6. Maverik Tank U
The Maverik Tank U is specifically designed for a defenseman and it is a very specialized head.
It is stiff, durable, powerful, and long-lasting and its name embodies what it is meant for. It is evenly spaced throughout so there are no weak points as you go up.
The face shape is extremely wide, and it features an X back head which makes it legal for all levels of play. This is great for defense as it gives you a lot of surface space to make catches and it makes ground balls much easier.
My favorite thing about the Maverik Tank U is the scoop as it is flat and it is not surrounded or pointed. The extremely flat scoop makes it a ground ball vacuum so it will be really easy to get it parallel to the ground to suck up anything that is within the entire radius.
It features a level 5 bottom rail, meaning the thickness point is a little higher in the head which makes the pocket set up a bit higher. It strings up very easily despite its super wide face shape.
This head features Maverik true form technology which helps the head maintain its shape.
7. Brine King X
The Brine King X is at the higher end of the price spectrum and it is legal for all levels of play.
The overall look and aesthetics of this head are nice, clean, and simple.
It features just two slashing sidewall braces which are pretty simple but well spaced. This ensures you don’t have too many weak points between the head.
Instead of a thick throat area, this head features cutaways that help to reduce the weight in the area where you don’t need that much strength.
There is an improvement on the Brine’s core technology on the inside of the sidewall of this head. They essentially hollowed out the inside of the sidewall to give it better strength and also reduce weight.
The head features a very wide and flat scoop great for ground balls but a little less good for accuracy and precision because it will be a little flatter.
The deep channel to the middle gives you that consistency and make sure the ball rolls up the middle every time. It features 6 large top string holes big enough to fit a double triangle top string. They are well spaced across the wide scoop which gives you nice and tight sample holes, giving you more stringing options.
The Brine King X is a bit on the expensive end but if you are looking for a super high-end head, this is the perfect option.
8. STX Stallion U 700
The STX Stallion U 700 features one of the more intricate designs as far as lacrosse heads go.
The leather ball stop is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing additions to this lacrosse head; however, it doesn’t really help with function.
It features a speed scoop that was designed to be a ground ball machine. The addition of the speed scoop to an offensive and a midfielder head has been everyone’s favorite aspect of the STX Stallion 700.
There is a lip/ledge on the scoop that helps to protect and hide your top string knots when scooping ground balls. It has a throat that allows for a very nice hand placement when carrying the ball.
The throat is lighter as it has less plastic in it giving you an extra benefit of less weight. This head features a technology called C-Channel which helps the heads to last longer in the field.
The C-Channel also gives extra strength in the head for checking and ground balls. It is designed for a mid to high pocket placement. The shooter/ nylon along with the mid to high pocket placement gives the stick a smooth release as well as little tug on the shot.
9. Maverik Kinetik
The Maverik Kinetik features a very narrow throat and a high flare point very similar to the Nike CEO. This makes it good for one arm cradling and ball carrying attachment.
It has a very pointed scoop which allows for optimal accuracy but it is pretty average in ground ball.
The extreme capabilities on this head are fantastic and there are a ton of sidewall holes – 6 top stream holes and 4 bottom stream holes that are big enough for leathers.
The head weighs 5.9 ounces, so it is a very average weighing head.
This head is great for the all-round offensive player but it was designed more towards the powerful outside shooters. It is worth every penny besides the fact that it gets too soft over time.
10. Warrior NOZ 2X
The Warrior NOZ 2X is the second edition of the Warrior NOZ X which was a huge hit among face off and offensive players alike. Their main goal with this new limited edition head was to improve the stringing design of it so every player should use it.
It features a decent pocket that allows every player to get a good pocket based on different preferences. The face shape is a bit wide at the throat and that kind of flares up the sidewalls.
The saddle holes allow you to get a lot of the mesh bunched together really tight so you can get the perfect amount of channel you want. This gives it enough hold without adding too much weight.
This isn’t the stiffest head because the head is hallowed out which makes it great for faceoffs and it doesn’t affect the play of an offensive player.
It weighs about 61/4 ounce and it is one of the lightest heads on the market. Its lightweight design makes it really light to play with.