Lacrosse relies heavily on equipment, and this includes pads, shoes, sticks and more. Since lacrosse is still a relatively small sport, the manufacturing companies involved are all trying to find ways to corner the market or create the “next big thing”, without having to invest millions.
Brine pulled this off when they created the offset stick (the Edge), Warrior pulled this off when they introduced Titnanium shafts to the game, STX made waves in the 60s by using plastic heads, and William George Beers changed the world when he introduced rubber balls to the game back in the 1860s.
But not every “advance” in lacrosse pans out, so over the next couple of weeks, our Old School posts will be looking back at potentially innovative products that never took off, or never worked as intended.
First up is the Brine Prophecy:
The idea was pretty solid… at least hypothetically. By adding inner rails made out of flexible rubber, the head should have held the ball in a narrow channel, and allowed the pocket to sway a little bit while cradling.
However, the Prophecy head just never took off. The rubber rails detached after some use, and definitely looked weird. The head itself was too flexible, and didn’t offer up any real advantages over the Edge, or other comparable heads. AND it was expensive!
The Prophecy was an interesting idea, and a nice try, but ultimately, in the eyes of the consumer, it was a failure.