If you know the value of high quality equipment, you may be seeking out the best lacrosse shafts of 2017.
I’ll show you what to look for when making your selection and my top picks for the year.
How To Choose The Right Shaft
Playing with the right shaft can make all the difference in the world. Here’s a few things to consider before purchasing:
- Determine what position you will be playing
- Look at the materials that make up the product
- Know your skill level
There is big difference between a defender’s shaft and an attacker’s shaft. Because of this it’s important to pick the right product for your position. Defense-men are allowed to use what are known as”d-poles;” these are longer than average.
Here’s a video that explains it a little better:
An attack shaft is shorter and there’s a few more options in terms of shape, grip and other features like that.
Next, you should look at the materials that make up your gear. You can find wood shafts but they are getting less and less popular; most are made from composite or metal. Here are the pros and cons of each:
- Composite: These products tend to have a little more flex (bend) so you can generate more power behind your shots and passes.
- Metal: Metal shafts have a nice feel but tend to be stiffer and will generate less power.
Both are lightweight and durable.
Lastly, be aware of your skill level. If you are an older, more elite player (high school, college, professional) you are going to want to spend a little extra to compliment your game. If you are buying for a child or just want to play with your friends, you won’t need to spend as much.
So now that you know what to look for when making your purchase, it’s time to see my top picks for the year.
Maverick Attack Apollo Shaft
High performing high school and collegiate players will love the Maverick Attack Apollo Shaft. This product is made to rip shots at high speeds and some top features include:
- One of the lightest designs on the market
- Made from very durable materials
- Adjustable Butt-End handle that enables you customize for a perfect feel
This shaft will stand up to the rigors of an entire season and has reinforcements in vulnerable spots. The Maverick Attack Apollo is a piece of equipment you should definitely consider purchasing.
Epoch Firefly Carbon Fiber Defense Shaft
The Epoch Firefly Defense Shaft is one of the top products on this list. It is tailor made for elite players and is coveted by defensive players. This shaft isn’t cheap, at around $160, but is a must have if you can afford it. You’ll be happy to know it comes with:
- One of the best no slip grips available
- Made from carbon fiber which is the strongest material on the market
- 1 year warranty
This piece of equipment will easily last the entire season and probably more. Also, it will give you a nice flex and allow you to deliver precise and crisp passes. There’s more things I love about this shaft and you can see all the features by clicking below.
StringKing Metal 2 Attack Shaft
The StringKing 2 Attack Shaft is made from very durable and light weight materials. You can expect to deliver high velocity shots and passes with this product and:
- It performs consistently
- Made with the same alloy found in the automobile and military industries
- Comes with a 6 month warranty
The StringKing 2 won’t break the bank and can be found at around $109. You will enjoy the way this shaft performs.
Maverick Wonderboy Defense Shaft
Here we have another Maverick product and this one is a little cheaper than the last one you saw (around $90); it’s made for defensive players too. What I like most about the Wonderboy is:
- The Tactile Grip that gives you an optimal feel and superior stick handling
- Made from very durable alloy
- Has an adjustable handle
If you aren’t looking to spend over $100 and still want a quality shaft, this is a piece of equipment you should consider.
Under Armour Grip Defense Shaft
Company: Under Armour
Under Armour is a really excellent company and they have grown tremendously over the last 5 years. You can find them in football, baseball, soccer, basketball and of course, lacrosse. The UA Grip is a powerful shaft and features:
- A lightweight design
- One of the best grips on the market
- Excellent control and structure
This is another product that will cost under $100 too; this is definitely a great value.
Epoch Dragonfly Gen. 7 Attack Shaft
This is the second well made, high quality Epoch shaft on the list – however, the Dragonfly Gen. 7 is for attackers. The most impressive thing about this product is the power it delivers. You will be able to whiz shots by the goalie and deliver perfect passes to teammates with this shaft. Some top features include:
- A perfect combination of strength and lightweight design
- Classic shape and feel
- Nice flex rating for added zip
Elite players must think about purchasing this piece of equipment. It will deliver every single game and practice. Definitely worth its price tag.
East Coast Dyes Carbon Pro Shaft
Company: East Coast Dyes
The East Coast Dyes Carbon Pro Shaft is expensive (around $140) and is one of the best shafts for attackers on the list. This product embodies quickness and is made for shifty players. Also, it comes with:
- Carbon fiber that gives you nice bend and flex
- High strength to weight ratio
- Allows for more control of shots and passes
If you like to get off speedy shots this shaft is perfect for you; it is designed to do just that.
Warrior Burn Pro Diamond Attack Shaft
Warrior isn’t the most well known company on earth but they make really great sports equipment. Their Burn Pro Diamond is an elite level product and is very lightweight. It’s specifically built for speed and features:
- A responsive grip and feel
- Allows for seem-less movement
- A few different colors so you can get the exact look you want
Midfielders and attackers will love this stick. It will give you what you need to succeed and be the absolute best you can be.
Brine King Swizz SC Attack
The Brine King Swizz SC has one of the most natural feels on earth and made from scandium alloy (extremely durable and light). Also, you’ll be happy this piece of equipment offers:
- A friction grip that is perfect in all weather conditions
- Control die shape that adds a little strength
- Glide grip that keeps your hands in place
It’s right on the brink of being expensive at around $120. Not too high but certainly not cheap.
STX Surgeon Attack Shaft
This is by far the cheapest shaft on the list. Do I think you should purchase the STX Surgeon Attack if you’re an elite player? Definitely not. But, if you like play lacrosse as a hobby or to play around with your friends, this product will work for you. Some features include:
- A thin wall to reduce weight
- A nice grip
- Made from durable alloy
If you really plan on making a splash when you’re on the field, avoid this shaft.
Brine King Swizz SC Defense
You already saw the Brine King Swizz for attackers and now it’s time to look at the one for defensive players. This has its own awesome features like:
- Max strength and lightweight design
- Same friction grip as the attack shaft
- Very durable
You won’t have to worry about this product denting or breaking – it will easily last the whole season and more.
Play This Year In Complete Confidence!
In order to play your best you have to possess top gear. All your equipment, from your cleats, to your helmet, and your shaft need to be high quality. No matter your position, skill level or needs you will find the perfect product here for you.
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Are you ready to rip shots and play lock down defense this year?