Greatness resides in your heart and soul but is displayed by your hands and your feet. A players connection with their stick really begins in the handle so when it comes to purchasing the right one you need to do your research. There’s an overwhelming number of shafts available on the market which makes the process complicated and somewhat mysterious. When we look around the industry we see shafts ranging from $14 all the way up to over $200. We feel a major responsibility to educate our customers so they not only find the best shaft for their budget but the most appropriate shaft for their playing style.
We aren’t scientists and we don’t make sticks for scientists. We are simply lacrosse players that make sticks for our fellow lacrosse players.
We have a team of engineers we work with that play with scientific data in million dollar testing facilities seeking innovative materials. They’ve all gone to college to study material properties, advanced extrusion processes, tensile and yield strengths, etc. That’s all good and great, but what really matters to us is how the shaft performs when its in between the lines.
We wanted to take a moment to walk you through our current shaft line in the simplest way possible and break down the overwhelming wall between the consumer and the product. When you look around the industry you will see lots of confusing technology call outs, seemingly arbitrary number and letter combos and super fancy verbiage. Although it’s certainly understandable for companies to try and sell you on their products we see much more value in being transparent and pushing lacrosse players toward finding the right fit for their budget and their style. So here are a few general scenarios that are intended to help you understand our handles.
Scenario 1 – Johnny B. New
Little Johnny turned 7 years old today. He wants to play lacrosse just like his friend from school. So Mom and Dad, who have never played lacrosse and have no knowledge of the sport hop on the internet to start the search for a stick. What shaft should they buy? Our answer, if you’re buying a shaft for a 7 year old who you’re not sure is going to stick with the sport or not — get the CHEAPEST one! If you can find one for free do it! Shafts aren’t as important as heads and pockets when your 7 years old. If you’re a parent shopping for a young first time player you should focus on the pocket and making sure that its playable and preferably not factory strung. The number one reason why young players get discouraged and eventually leave the sport of lacrosse is because they don’t have a pocket thats playable and it makes catching, cradling and throwing difficult. Also, its nice to get a cheap shaft because you may want to cut it down a little bit to make it more manageable for your little guy. We all started with cut down shafts in the very beginning and eventually made our way up to the full size. So you don’t want to be taking a hacksaw to a 100 dollar handle — so go cheap!
Scenario 2 – Lax to the Max
Young Max is 11 and is completely hooked on lacrosse. He is going to a summer camp this year, plays constantly in his backyard and might even play on a travel team with his friends. He wants a new shaft for summer camp because he has grown out of his old one and wants one that matches his travel teams colors. This is a perfect fit for our 1805 Limited shaft. It’s affordable and made from a proven material that is still used by professional and college players alike. Don’t let the price fool you, its a great shaft. The game at 11 years old is certainly getting faster and more physical but his handle isn’t going to be taking consistent intense contact like the pro game obviously. So you can save a few bucks and get a shaft that is reliable and will give Max multiple seasons worth of playability. The 1805 also comes in a wide range of colors that will match just about any team color combo out there!
Scenario 3 – Phillin’ Out
Phillip is 13 and has been playing lacrosse since he was 5. He can throw behind the back passes and knows a boatload of tricks and stick fakes. He is just about to start his first season with his school team and his old shaft has a monster dent in the side of it. Right around 13 is an interesting time period on many different levels for a youngster and its no different on the lacrosse field. It’s around this age that you will see players that are around 3’9” tall and weigh in at a whopping 83 pounds sharing the field with 5’11” 180 pound kids. So needless to say the game is getting more physical and a bit more rowdy because of the size difference. So Phillip is going to need a shaft that is a bit more substantial to get him through the season. He needs something that is light but durable. Phillip likes the classic feel of a regular shaped shaft and wants something that looks cool with his team colors. He needs it to be light and able to handle a few monster chop checks. We would advise that Phillip look at the Flight 22 handle. It’s stronger than the 1805 but weighs the same. It is a stiff low flex shaft for better feel of the ball and will allow Phillip to still pull the behind the backs and stick fakes with ease.
Scenario 4 – Bam Bam Sam
Sam is a junior and plays on the varsity team. He plays football in the fall and loves the physicality of lacrosse. He faces off for his team and is a two way midfielder that loves to d people up and rip the ball on the run. Sam needs something to take into the trenches and a shaft that can handle the abuse of multiple slap checks. But he doesn’t want to sacrifice weight for strength because as much as he loves hitting people, he also likes to bury the ball in the back of the net with a crank shot from the box line. Sam totally needs the Mighty Black. It’s our only composite offering and is 100 percent dent resistant. It’s strong and tough just like Sam’s game and will be perfect for him on defense and gives him some flex to shoot the ball with power on the run.
Scenario 5 – Slick Stick Nick
Nick just got picked to play in the All-American game and is off to college next year to play Division I ball. He has played lacrosse all of his life and knows what he likes. He needs something lightning quick that feels balanced in his hands and he needs it to be reliable. Nick knows needs confidence and needs to be able to rely on the performance of his stick — he needs the Bloodline shaft. It’s just as light as the 1805 and the Flight 22 but because of the blended materials (Scandium and Titanium) it’s stronger. With a classic octagonal shape its sleek and smooth in the hands. Perfect for middies and attack man and has the properties to do it all. Low flex for accuracy and pin point passes, strong for d’ing up the countries top recruit and fast for changing hands on splits and rolls. The Bloodline is ready to play and will be a perfect fit for Nick.
These are just a few common and very general scenarios that we felt may be helpful for our customers — especially those new to lacrosse. Instead of using the fancy tech specs that are hard to understand we wanted to break it down to the simplest form. Keep in mind that we are extremely confident in every single one of our handles and by no means do these scenarios fit everyones style. There are top college players grabbing ahold of the 1805 because they enjoy the familiarity of a 7075 alloy. We are always available to help you make the right decision when it comes to buying a shaft and happy to help answer any questions that you may have. Like the rest of our products we offer an industry leading 12 month warranty on all of our handles so you can be assured that we got you covered if disaster strikes.