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Help A New Player Choose His First Stick!

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We have a very special Forum Friday this week. At LaxAllStars we talk a lot about growing the game, and honestly, we mean it. So when we get a post in the Community Forum saying that a dad needs help picking his son’s first stick, we can’t but lend a helping a hand!

kdonald posted the following:

Hopefully, this is the appropriate thread for this, it’s my first post. I’m trying to figure out the best combo for my 10 yr old, who is playing for the first time. What I have a hard time is balancing a good wide head that is easy to catch with, and a narrower throat that holds the ball better. Seems like a new player needs both, but obviously, you can’t have both, so where’s the balance.

Secondly, mesh. Soft mesh vs hard, pockets high, mid, low, Etc.

Maybe I’m over thinking it, but being in South Carolina, I don’t have many experienced players to guide me.

Do your part to help Grow the Game. Share your opinion about beginners’ sticks, pockets, and mesh with this new lax dad in the original post!

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About the author

Kevin Rowen

Kevin grew up in Irvine, CA where he started playing lacrosse in the 6th grade. He played for multiple teams in the Adrenaline Starz organization back in the days before Adrenaline was an official sponsor, and played four years for the Northwood High School Timberwolves. Now, Kevin attends UCLA and plays attack for the Bruins. Follow Kevin on twitter @krowen.

1 Comment

  • I’m a fan of skipping the wide heads because kid typically outgrow their usefulness faster than they get used to catching & throwing with a narrower head. Avoid soft mesh at all costs! As for pocket placement, that preference comes with experience, so your son is probably going to change his choice over the years – go middle, can’t lose. Good luck with it!

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