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10 Frequently Asked Questions About Lacrosse Sticks

A fun and physical game, lacrosse combines running, strategy and teamwork. Whether you're a new player or a seasoned veteran, a coach or parent, you are guaranteed to have questions about the game. We’ve combined the 10 most common questions about lacrosse sticks that we get all in one place for you.

1. What did the first lacrosse sticks look like?

Native America Lacrosse Stick

Native Americans invented lacrosse, and the earliest known sticks resembled large wooden spoons without the net head. Eventually, a steaming process allowed players to stretch the end of the stick into a circle, and deer sinew was used as the first netting. Ever since then, the lacrosse stick has been consistently been upgraded with new materials, but the shape and look have stayed the same.

2. Where’s the best pace to buy a lacrosse stick?

Nothing beats walking into a store and touching, feeling and holding different sticks. While major stores may carry lacrosse products, driving a little further to a lacrosse specialty store can make all the difference for the specialized advice and recommendations; you want help from the experts, after all. Lax World has stores throughout the Northeast, Colorado and Virginia. For those who don't live within driving distance, we’ve transferred our award-winning in-store experience to an online experience that’s second to none. You still get access to the best information, products and advice on the internet. We offer the ability to buy a complete stick, or to customize one yourself and purchase heads, shafts and stringing individually.

3. How much does a lacrosse stick cost?

Simply put, it depends. Depending on your level of experience, brand of stick, style, position, etc., prices vary. Prices will also vary if you are buying a complete stick, or individual parts to construct it yourself. Not sure whether you should buy a complete stick or build your own, see our previous blog on When should I buy a complete stick vs. building my own?

4. How do I hold the stick?

There are two primary ways to hold a stick. Beginners should start by spreading your hands apart on the shaft with your dominant hand near the head and your other hand near the stick's bottom. Angle the stick with the head at shoulder length. Rotate your wrist to make passing and catching the ball easier.

For more advanced players who wish to gain an extra edge on the field, the one hand technique offers more agility, protection and variability. Hold the stick in your dominant hand, right below the head and at the top of the shaft, leaving your other hand free to defend against your defenseman.

5. What size stick does my child need?

Lacrosse sticks vary based on your child's height. Many players prefer sticks that are cut to the minimum length, but check with your child's coach to verify the preferred length. Generally, the head's neck edge should sit at your child's pointer finger, and the handle should reach to your child's shoulder. Additionally, consider the following suggested measurements:

  • Attackers: 36-40"
  • Midfielders: 36-42"
  • Defenders: 37-72"
  • Goalies: 26-42"

Be sure to check your specific leagues rules when buying a child’s first stick as rules are constantly changing amongst the different leagues. To see a detailed post on the different stick lengths, see our post on the different lengths of lacrosse sticks.

6. Which shaft should I choose?

Thanks to technology, you may choose from a variety of shaft materials based on your field position, weight preferences and other factors.

  • Aluminum: A common shaft choice for players of all ages, abilities and positions, aluminum shafts are strong and lightweight. An example of an Aluminum shaft is the Brine F15 Shaft.
  • Titanium: With the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all shafts, titanium shafts are preferred by players who need a durable handle during intensely physical games. An example of a high quality titanium shaft is the Gait Ice Shaft.
  • Composite: Players appreciate the ultimate control they gain from composite shafts that are made from high-grade carbon fiber and require no grip tape. A great example of a composite shaft is the Warrior Switch Composite Shaft.
  • Alloy: This light and strong shaft often includes a built-in grip for even greater control and handling. The Brine Clutch Shaft is a great alloy shaft.
  • Scandium: With an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio, scandium shafts are also durable and perfect for players in all positions. Scandium shafts usually are the highest quality shafts on the market and the Brine Swizzle Scandium Shaft is a great shaft.

7. What are my lacrosse head options?

Because it cradles and releases the ball, choose the head that best meets your needs. The rules for high school vary than that of college, and youth lacrosse, so be sure to check with your local league before purchasing a lacrosse head.

  • Onset: Beginning players learn essential fundamental skills with an onset head, but advanced players prefer new head technology.
  • Offset: Popular offset heads lower the ball's position and increase passing and shooting control.
  • Cant: This forward technology angles the head down at the throat. While increasing ball feel and control, it also magnifies retention, quickens passing and optimizes shooting.
  • Curved: A gradual curve at the scoop and sidewalls improves passing and shooting power and accuracy. Likewise, players use it to maintain ball balance and feel.

Be sure to check out all of the lacrosse heads at Lax World today.

8. How long does a typical lacrosse stick last?

Ideally, your stick's head will last six months to a year. However, keep an eye on the pocket's condition and shape, which affect your ability to throw and catch the ball. You may need to be repaired after each game to tighten strings and regular pocket maintenance.

Using a butter knife to maintain a lacrosse head

9. Can lacrosse sticks be repaired if they break?

You absolutely can restring the pocket yourself or ask a coach or experienced player for assistance. Torn mesh, broken shafts or a broken lacrosse head will need to be replaced.

10. How do I maintain my stick?

The best way to maintain the head's pocket is to place a baseball or lacrosse ball in the pocket while inserting a butter knife through the side wall to keep it in place. If the pocket gets wet and sags, a wad of newspaper will reduce moisture overnight. On dry, hot days, slightly moisten with water the pocket to deepen it a bit.