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If you came here from our full page on complete lacrosse stick reviews…we hope this page provides you the information you were looking for, based off our full offensive lacrosse stick reviews! If you came from elsewhere…I guess we hope for the same!
We also have comprehensive reviews on mini sticks! Have a look!
In this post we provide you with information on offensive lacrosse sticks as follows:
You will learn…
- What you need out of an offensive lacrosse stick
- Two of our very best recommendations for offensive lacrosse sticks
- And…that’s all! Simple and straight to the point right?
What Might You Want in an Offensive Lacrosse Stick?
In looking for a new offensive lacrosse stick, there are a few things you may want to consider:
- Players who look for a complete stick are generally playing at a beginner’s level, if you are a more advanced player; we strongly recommend you start looking to customize your stick, piecing together your heads and shafts (link to both) separately.
- THAT BEING SAID, a complete offensive lacrosse stick should best contribute to the player’s learning process of the game, and (THIS IS CRITICAL) New players first and foremost need to work on their stick skills (throwing and catching). A complete offensive stick, with perhaps a wider head (making it easier to catch and hold onto the lacrosse ball), would be ideal.
- Of course, we always need to consider PRICE. Here at “One Stop Lacrosse” we always want to make sure you are getting the most out of your dollar.
Our Recommendations for Offensive Lacrosse Sticks:
Our Recommendations will be given, with information pertaining to the following categories:
Specs – All the hardware and manufacturer information we could dig up for you.
Player Type (Age/Skill Level) – We want to make sure these sticks are purchased for the appropriate type of player.
Pros – Everything good we could find about the sticks (predominately from customer reviews, these are the BEST for determining the BEST products)
Cons – With products we recommend, there never are many “cons,” because we do not like to waste our time, and more importantly your time, reading a write up about a product you would not want to buy. This cons sections is merely for things to look out for, or be aware of with each product.
Overall Value – We give you a dollar amount, and give our final two cents on how far we feel your dollar could travel with purchase.
- Open Sidewall design (If you don’t know what “Open Sidewall Design” means…opening or openings in the sidewalls to provide lightness and easy handling while retaining the strength and durability of the prior art lacrosse sticks having closed, or substantially closed, or solid sidewalls.)
- Flat Scoop – (A “flat scoop” lacrosse head, becomes level with the ground when a player is attempting to retrieve a ground ball. Many believe that the “flat scoop” teaches early players the basic techniques because after making the scoop, a player must learn to cradle the ball (see video below for info on the “cradle”), so the ball does not fall out. An EXTREMELY important basic lacrosse skill.
- Soft mesh pocket (Interesting note with soft mesh: Soft mesh pockets shrink as it breaks in. A soft mesh pocket (as the mesh gets older) will harden a bit rather than soften, that being said when trying to “break-in” (LINK) this mesh, try and make the deepest pocket possible)
- Wide Face – This is something we mentioned earlier, a wider lacrosse head face will make catching easier (important attribute with beginner level sticks)
- Platinum AMP Attack/Midfield length STX lacrosse shaft
- 4 Ounces
- Important! Handle Length does not meet the NCAA/NFHS specifications (this is a youth lacrosse stick people).
Player Type –
As mentioned in the “specs” section, this stick does not meet the regulations for NCAA/NFHS, so through and through this is a youth laxers’ stick. We collected a number of reviews from parents who had bought this stick for laxers of multiple ages. We saw the range to be mostly 6-13 (they have to transition once they move to high school). Another interesting piece of info, a lot of parents picked up two of these sticks, one for their kid, one for them so they could do a little throwing and catching with them! That being said, this stick seems pretty versatile for any age laxer at the beginner level.
Also note: This is not a girls stick! Some parents had purchased this stick for their lady laxer, disappointed to find out they were not allowed to use it in girls’ youth lacrosse play. (Don’t worry, we will have an article on girls’ sticks in the future)
- Strong Aluminum Shaft – The STX shaft on this stick in particular has been said to stand up quite well to the stresses of youth play. Should be pretty durable, but WILL NOT LAST AT A HIGHER LEVEL!
- V Shaped Head Designed for Working on Catching Technique – Does that mean anything to you? Well, to explain, a V-Shaped head, is designed in such a way as to have more room for the ball to enter when catching. As well, the V-Shaped is typical of good beginner sticks, as it is much more difficult for the ball to bounce out as the player is learning the basic techniques of cradling.
- Versatile for many Ages – If you caught it in our “Player Type” section for this STX model, this stick has been bought by parents for their 6-year-old laxers, and bought by parents…for themselves! If you are beginner, if you are just looking for a stick to mess around with, this STX stick seems ideal.
- Deep, Soft Mesh Perfect for Working on Stick Skills – The soft mesh does not require much work to “break in” like a hard mesh. This stick is ready to go, ready for a new laxer to practice their throwing and catching with. With harder mesh, you’ll see some bouncing balls more often.
- Appearance “Gets Away” as a other more expensive sticks – More than just a few customers reported that this stick has a great look to it. The price may scare laxers away, thinking others will know how much they paid for their stick, but many users said this STX looks as good as sticks that are well over $100.
- Lightweight, Thin – Easy to Handle – This stick weight, and feel is perfect for first time laxers. There is no need to struggle with the handle of the stick. Perfect for younger players as well.
- Not just an Offensive Stick! – A number of different customers said their youth laxer could use this stick at many different positions, which is good news. This stick is very dynamic at the youth level.
- GREAT DEAL – We personally feel this stick is the greatest “deal” for complete beginner sticks, considering the price to value ratio, something that we will speak to more in the “value” section.
- Highly Review, Good for Us, and You – We love putting products up here that have hundreds of customer reviews raving about it. We love giving you the best recommendations possible, and you love making a good investment, right?!?
- ELITE/ADVANCED PLAYERS…QUIT READING THIS ARTICLE – This is a youth/beginner lacrosse stick, and no more! This stick is not legal at the high school or NCAA level, and would not hold up to that kind of play.
- ONE REPORT of a Stiff Pocket Upon Purchase – Just something to be wary of. One customer reported having a stiff pocket when first buying this stick, but as well, the same customer smartly suggested picking up a good pocket stretcher – a great one right here (to the right), and that seemed to solve any issues and got the pocket loosened up ready for play, quickly.
Overall Value – $36 off Amazon.com
As well said earlier, this stick is really the “Best Deal.” As far as youth/beginner offensive lacrosse sticks go, you will definitely get your money worth. Starting out the sport of lacrosse (like most other sports), can be quite the burden on the wallet. Picking up a stick for $36? Most offensive lacrosse sticks for beginners are upwards of $100, we are quite confident YOU WILL NOT FIND THIS VALUE IN RETAIL STORES, if you do, please let us know and we will apologize 4 times over.
- Wider Lacrosse Head Face – With the wider face, similar as to what we described with the STX Stinger (add link), the ball is easier to catch, throw, and scoop. Great for beginning players.
- Brine’s “Ultra Mesh” – Brine’s “Ultra Mesh” starts out as “semi-hard,” somewhere in between hard mesh, and soft, starting out a bit harder than the mesh for the STX stick. However, once worked in, the Ultra Mesh is nearly identical to soft mesh.
- Complete 40 Inch. Lacrosse Stick – This Brine model has a 30 inch lacrosse shaft, and a 10 inch head.
- Brine 6000 Alloy Shaft (Durable) – The Brine aluminum shaft is of very high quality, will be very durable, and will definitely hold up to youth play!
- 6 Month Warranty HEAD ONLY
- Offset Lacrosse Head – A little term definition for you… The offset lacrosse head drops down at the throat, which is where the head meets the handle. This shape to the lacrosse head allows for a lower position of the ball and pocket on the head. The Offset lacrosse head is designed with the purpose of giving a laxer the most feel and control when cradling the ball. As well, the Offset head is made for greater ball retention and accuracy with passing and shooting.
Player Type/Level –
We feel this stick could stretch to be appropriate for a little higher skill levels/player levels than the STX. Many customers reported to have this stick hold up (fairly well), at higher levels than just youth play. However, we do not necessarily recommend pushing this stick to the higher level, it’s nice to know that it has the capability of doing so. There is no reason why it shouldn’t be a perfectly durable stick at the youth level.
Consistently, we had reports of players ages 9-13 loving this stick. But as well as the STX, parents said to have picked up two of them to practice with their laxers as well!
- With this stick, You have Brine – Brine is really a good brand. Although we feel the STX Stinger is a great stick for what we are talking about here today, if we had to choose between ONLY the brands, we would have to pick Brine. Brine is and has been one of the top standards in lacrosse gear.
- Capable of Holding Up to Higher Play – As we said in the “Player Type” section, players reported this stick to last at the higher level. Again, WE DON’T RECOMMEND taking this stick to higher levels of play, it’s just nice to know that this stick can take a beating. Youth play should not be much a concern for this Brine model and it’s durability.
- Designed for players looking to LEARN – With the wider face, and the Offset head design we detailed a bit in the “Specs” section, this stick was designed for the beginning/learning laxer. The wider face makes catching tremendously easier, while the Offset head does the same, and on top of that is built to increase ball retention, and improve passing accuracy. This is a great learning stick, which all beginner level lacrosse sticks should be.
- Dynamic Stick, Works for Multiple Positions – At the lower youth lacrosse level, many players reported using this stick for both the offensive and defensive side of things. That’s great to have that sort of flexibility, so you don’t have to invest in multiple lacrosse sticks when a player is just starting out.
- Consistently High Reviews – The Brine stick was reviewed quite highly throughout, and for us, that is always very reassuring, and that should be for you too.
- Problems with the Hold – Just something to be aware of, some users reported to have problems with the “feel” they experienced with this stick. They reported with the wideness of the head, and the softness of the mesh affected their hold when cradling the ball. However, this user specifically still seemed very happy with the stick, they reported changing heads and continuing on to get some good use out of the shaft.
Overall Value – $30.00 off of Amazon.com
Similar to the STX stick, this Brine stick has tremendously higher value than what sort of quality you could find at retail stores in relation to the price. It would be difficult to find this exactly Brine model in store, for the same price.
As well, like we mentioned before, Brine is a trusted brand, just about always, and the fact that this stick could take on some play at the higher level tells us that at the youth level, this stick would certainly get the job done.
The Brine model had good reviews, but a fewer number of them then the STX model, brand vs. brand we would pick Brine, but we always find it hard to shy away from a model with the highest collection of good reviews. It really just depends on what sort of purchasing preference you have yourself.
That’s all laxers!
We hope that we provided you with a couple really good choices for picking up your next offensive lacrosse stick.
If you happen to purchase either, have a good (or hopefully not bad) experience, please let us know! Any feedback we get is always critical to improving the information we provide to you guys.