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Let’s Talk Women’s Lacrosse Handles

Women's Lacrosse Sticks

Choosing the correct women’s lacrosse stick can be a tough decision and can potentially affect your game. The head and stringing of the lacrosse stick are essential, and the handle is just the stick that the head is on, right? Wrong! The handle of the lacrosse stick can also affect a player’s game tremendously.

The two major types of lacrosse handles are composite and alloy. While many girls quickly jump on the composite bandwagon, it’s important to fully understand the setbacks and advantages to each material. These types of handles can be compared on four different levels: the handle’s performance in the weather, its stiffness, the range of designs it can come in, and its weight.

How the handle acts in different weather conditions is what many girls base their handle preference on. If you want a handle that will remain more temperate in extreme heat or the frigid cold, then composite material is right up your alley. By comparison, your alloy handle will fluctuate depending on the weather. Also, if you are playing with an alloy handle in the rain, chances are your hands will slip. However, there is hope for all of you alloy lovers out there! All of these problems can be simply fixed by either using cloth tape on your stick or by wearing gloves.

Another important factor is how stiff or malleable you want your stick to be. Since composite handles are made up of a mix of materials, they can be more prone to breakage. However, the bright side to the stick being less stiff is that it can bend. Certain handles are designed to slightly bend with enough force, which is called flex technology. This can add extra whip to your passes and shots. Alloy, on the other hand, cannot bend, making it a much stiffer stick and less prone to breakage.

If design and colors of your shaft are important to you, then you may lean more towards a composite handle. Composite handles tend to come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes that make them more appealing to players. Alloy, unfortunately, is more limited.

Who wants to run with an obnoxiously heavy, awkwardly balanced, lacrosse stick up and down the field? Certainly not many. Alloy handles used to be really heavy but now, thanks to modern technology, they can be just as light, if not lighter, than a composite handle. Most alloy handles are made of scandium, titanium, or a mix of the two, called Sc-Ti.

There are so many important things to consider when choosing the best lacrosse handle for you, and that is why Longstreth Sporting Goods is here to help. Both the associates in the Longstreth retail store and customer service are here to assist you in choosing your dream lacrosse stick. We are prepared to answer any and all of your women’s lacrosse related questions in order for you to get everything you have ever wanted out of a lacrosse stick. Ask us anything!


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Lacrosse Equipment 101

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There is always room for more hustle in female lacrosse. Having the right equipment can make that extra effort more profitable. Here is a short course in Lacrosse Equipment 101:

Stick

Which is the best lacrosse stick?  In truth, there is not just one good choice. Choice also depends on:

  • Experience in playing.
  • The level of skill.
  • Age and height.

Handles

When choosing a handle, the most important thing to consider is how well that handle feels to the player. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Does this handle feel comfortable in the player’s hands?
  • Does the player feel she has good control while catching and cradling?

A wide variety of materials are used in constructing handles and each material has advantages:

  • Scandium/Titanium: Very light weight and very strong material but this can make the stick feel top heavy.
  • Composite: Not as strong but are more flexible and have a softer feel. This material can be better if the player often faces extremes of temperature.
  • Alloy: Strong but less temperate in more extreme weather conditions.

Other considerations in choosing a stick are:

  • Diameter: Choose between the 7/8″ traditional for women, a mid-size (between 7/8″ and 1″) or men’s 1″.
  • Shape: Many choices including octagon, concave octagon, rounded octagon, teardrop, and tapered.
  • Finish: alloy, mild-sandblast, soft feel and smooth rubberized.

Heads

The kind of Lacrosse Stick Heads players choose is often based on position:

  • Offensive players need a narrow throat to help minimize ball control.
  • Defensive players usually prefer a stiffer, flatter head to hold up against checks and on groundballs.
  • Goalies need a sturdy head.

Goggles

Because women’s lacrosse rules are designed for increased safety, female players are not required to have a lot of protective gear.  However, eye protection is crucial.  In choosing goggles, look for:

  • Tight  but comfortable fit around the face.
  • Clear vision all around so that player can make clear passes, maneuver around opponents, and see groundballs easily.
  • Strong and protective for eyes.

Upgraded titanium cage goggles are lighter weight but still very strong and are able to prevent injury.

Gloves

Young female lacrosse players do not have to wear gloves but may want to have a pair. Gloves are typically worn when a player:

  • Wants to keep her hands warm in winter playing conditions.
  • Prefers to protect her hands from injury.
  • Likes the increased grip that gloves provide.

Especially when a player is just starting out, having the right lacrosse stick, goggles, gloves and can make the difference in whether they feel confident in play. That is why Longstreth specializes in helping young female lacrosse players choose the best equipment, uniforms and footwear for their individual playing needs.

Anatomy of a Lacrosse Head. What is it made up of?

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Excelling in lacrosse not only requires your skills and efforts, but also an in-depth knowledge of your lacrosse equipment. Know every part and how you can adjust it best to suit your game. One such equipment that you ought to know its anatomy is the lacrosse head. Here is what a lacrosse head is made up of:

Sidewalls

Sidewalls, made of plastic mold, connect the nylon or synthetic strings and the lacrosse head. They vary in flexibility and height.

  • Flexible heads are made of malleable and lightweight material while stiffer heads are usually heavier.
  • Defensive players should choose stiffer heads to help deliver harder checks
  • Flexible heads are good for picking up ground balls, but should not be too flexible to cause them to break.
  • The angle and curvature of the heads determines pass and shot accuracy.

The shape and height of the sidewalls is essential in giving the pocket its depth. High sidewalls are known to have better ball retention, but also take away from pocket depth.

Offset

Offset described the angle of the head as it relates to the handle. An offset head will help push the ball to the sweet spot for quicker release and increased whip on passes and shots. Offset heads also improve ball control.

Scoop

A scoop is the widest part of the lacrosse head that pulls the ball off the ground. Shots and passes also leave the pocket through here. Scoops vary in width and depth (or drop).

  • Highly drop scoops are perfect for improving shot accuracy.
  • Relatively flat scoops are suitable for playing ground balls.

Pocket

It’s the point where the ball resides, just at the base of the head. When buying a lacrosse head, you can choose a fully strung one or unstrung. Experienced lacrosse players will always want to customize the strings to achieve the desired depth. For amateurs, re-strung pockets are the best. How does the variation in pocket width affect your lacrosse game?

  • Narrow pockets are good for ball retention and accuracy. However, blocking and catching the lacrosse ball becomes harder.
  • Wide pockets are impeccable for blocking and catching the ball, making it suitable for defensive players.

Finding the right lacrosse head

First, get to know your position as a lacrosse player. Defensive players will tend to look for a head with wide pockets, flat scoops, and heavy sidewalls. Attack players will want a narrow, offset head with dropped sidewalls for ultimate ball control and accuracy. Midfielders tend to look for a head with a balance of the two. Consider your budget, too. Buy a head that fits your financial capacity to avoid unnecessary strains. Lastly, the head you buy needs to meet NOCSAE standards for an excellent performance. All lacrosse equipment must meet other standards and requirements before purchase. Besides the NOCSAE stamps, the item you choose to buy needs various other stamps for full verification of quality and safety.

Choosing the best lacrosse head that fits your budget, game style and position is every lacrosse player’s objective. They are made in different designs, sizes, shapes and prices. Well-made lacrosse sticks improve your strength, ball accuracy and shot speed. You can find all the varieties of lacrosse heads at Longstreth Sporting Goods. Consult us today to choose a lacrosse head that fits your game best.

What is the Best way to store your Lacrosse Equipment?

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After investing some good cash purchasing for your lacrosse equipment, you need to keep them clean and disinfected. We have made efforts to help lacrosse players remain healthy, clean and maintain their lacrosse gear. It is a rule to never leave your lacrosse equipment dirty or sweaty. Dirty equipment will be a rampant breeding hub for fungi and bacteria.

Lacrosse stick upkeep

Lacrosse players want their lacrosse sticks always in a perfect working condition. Take extra precaution to keep your stick in ideal condition and avoid breakage.

  • Maintain your pocket and stick – negligence can alter the shape of your lacrosse head pocket and keeping the pocket’s shape is the most important. Always ensure that the pocket is in pristine shape.  To ensure great performance from the stick, keep its shape, and structure in the best form. Although warping and bending is inevitable, some adjustments could minimize the damage. Always rinse your stick in cold water when it’s dirty and wipe it using dumb cloth or newspaper.
  • Weather conditions – Extremely dry conditions, rain, or blazing heat can alter the mesh in the pocket. Dry condition tightens up the pocket causing it to be shallow. This will make you release the ball quicker. When playing in dry conditions, put water in your mesh and beat the pocket a little to give it back the depth lost in heat. Wet weather will cause your pocket to deepen and loosen. Deepened pocket will cause your stick to throw the ball lower and slow. If the pocket is wet, ball up some newspapers; put them in the pocket to absorb excess moisture in the mesh.

Lacrosse pads and gloves

Use disinfectant detergents to hand-wash lacrosse arm pads, gloves and shoulder parts. When using washing machine, ensure gentle cycle with cold water. Spray the gears with clear gear sports spray when they dry up.

When cleaning your helmet, spray both inside and outside parts. Use clear gear sports spray and clean cloth to wipe it dry. Make sure the sanitizing sprays are anti-bacterial.

Your gloves are made of leather parts. Do not use a washing machine. Just spray them in and outside then use a dry clean cloth to wipe and then allow them to air dry. Using a leather cleaner will keep the palms smooth and reduce chances of cracking.

Lacrosse cleats

For lacrosse cleats, remove the pads and the inner sole lining. Use clear disinfectants to spray the inner side of the cleats. Do not use hot water on them to avoid shrinking. Leave them to air dry and return the inner soles back to your shoes after they are completely dry.

Before putting your lacrosse gears to your bag, turn your bag inside out, and spray it with sanitizing spray. If it is dirty, use a clean cloth to wipe it and then dry it using newspaper to ensure no moisture left, and then pack back your equipment. At Longstreth, we are committed to ensuring you maintain your lacrosse gears and enjoy your game.

What are the Benefits of Custom Stringing your Lacrosse Stick?

If you or your child plays lacrosse, you should know that there are some advantages to custom stringing a lacrosse stick. Ask anyone who is familiar with the game of lacrosse and the nuances of lacrosse equipment about players’ motivations for custom stringing and they will tell you that many like the fact that there is no need for a “break-in” period. Other sticks have comparably tight stringing that will take some time and effort to break in. Custom lacrosse sticks are built with a small pocket already formed within the stick head so you won’t have to bother with getting it ready for action.

Freshen up Your Game

Custom strung lacrosse stickIf you are on the prowl for a way to change up your game and / or your style, you do not need to invest in an entirely new lacrosse stick or other piece of lacrosse equipment. Rather, have your stick restrung with your choice of strings and you’ll enjoy a fresh new look out there on the field.

Custom Lacrosse Stocks Allow for Better Strings

Have your lacrosse stick custom strung and you will find that it is much easier to loosen and tighten the strings. Once you pick up your stick, you will be immediately ready for action, knowing in full confidence that your strings are sturdy and won’t stretch out unless you decide that a manual adjustment is necessary. It’s a stark contrast compared to the typical factory-strung head that cuts the strings short and makes it difficult for the player to make alterations on the fly. Alternatively, a custom stringed lacrosse stick has strings that are a bit longer, empowering players to alter the pocket to their desires in a moment’s notice.

Customize for the Perfect Shot

Customized lacrosse equipment can even help boost your shot accuracy. Shooting string placement can be modified for your unique release point or preferred traction.

Personalized for Your Unique Tastes

The custom stringing of your lacrosse stick gives it that extra special something to distinguish it from others. This is the type of subtle competitive advantage that really does make a big difference on the field of play. You can put any type of center piece within any head, giving you an abundance of ways to customize your stick. You shouldn’t have a problem finding the type of pocket that is perfect for your style of game. Furthermore, you can personalize your stick’s look by choosing your favorite string colors and designs. At Longstreth Women’s Sports, we provide high quality custom stringing for your sticks with materials like leather and nylon, and provide a large selection of colors to choose from for you string.