The Best Defense Lacrosse Heads for 2023 (with reviews)
The most important piece of equipment in lacrosse is the lacrosse head. Finding the right head for you and your playstyle might be the most important decision in lacrosse. You want your head to complement your play style and position. To see more options, check out our full selection of defense lacrosse heads.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- The Top 10 Best Defense Lacrosse Heads
- Choosing the Right Type of Defense Lacrosse Head
- The Best Defensive Lacrosse Heads by category
Top 10 Defense Lacrosse Heads
The Tank 2.0 is an absolute dream to use on the defensive side of the field. The 6-Strut design provides maximum stiffness made to hold up through checks and physical play. The Ground Control scoop is perfectly designed tos scoop up ground balls with ease. Maverik uses their Duratough Materials plastic to keep the head perfectly balanced between stiffness and lightness. Tank 2.0 features a super wide design that makes catching at the end of a pole much easier than a more pinched head. This also gives more of an area to connect checks and scoop up ground balls. And of course, it comes in Maverik’s signature 4 factory colors to let you stand out on the field.
- Super wide face shape
- 6-Strut side rail for added stiffness
- Duratough Materials plastic holds up against hard checks
The X20 might just be an attackman's worst nightmare. From the super stiff design to the jagged edges on the side, this head is sure to leave an impression on every player it comes across. Coming off the success of the X10, the X20 modernizes the classic Excalibur line from STX. Fan favorite EnduraForm™ plastic keeps the head stiff and light. The SpeedScoop™ allows for easier ground ball pickups and protects the top strings from damage over time. This head feels wider than it is and knocks down any pass that comes your way. This makes for easier catching as well as more surface area to throw checks and pick up GBs.
- Wide face shape
- Channel Lock top string to give you a smooth release off the top
- EnduraForm™ plastic keeps the head stiff
The Warrior Evo line is known by elite attackmen and midfielders alike and now they have created a version geared for the elite LSM or close defender. Featuring a tighter face shape than normal defensive heads, the QX-2 offers superior ball control for those defenders that like to carry the ball past the midfield. Using Therma-Loc+ Thermoplastic Resin, the QX2-D can perform in the coldest winter or the hottest summer.
- Therma-Loc+ Hybrid Thermoplastic Resin keeps the head stiff.
- Scoop Diffuser reduces drag when picking up groundballs.
- LOC-THROAT secures the head onto the shaft.
The ECD Rebel Defense isn’t your traditional wide d-pole head. With a more pinched face shape and aggressive pinch defenders have more of an advantage with the ball in their stick. The rounded scoop guides ground balls more easily into the pocket and creates a quicker release off the top of the head. With ECD’s knowledge of stringing, the Rebel Defense is built to be easily strung in all sorts of styles. The sidewall holes are easy to work with and strategically placed to give you any pocket location that suits your play style.
- More pinched face shape for easier handling
- Rounded scoop for ground balls and quick release
- Built with stringing in mind
The Mark 2T has a strikingly unique look right off the bat. A multitude of stringing holes unlocks this head for any pocket location that suits you best. StringKing targeted areas of weakness and strategically added more material to make this head stiffer. They also reduced material in areas with low breakage to create a lighter but still ultra stiff head. The Mark 2T features a slightly more pinched at the bottom face shape to allow for more control of the ball. While the top of the head is still wide enough to catch passes at the end of a long pole.
- Many stringing holes for complete customization
- Strategic stiffness to keep the head light but stiff
- Wide enough for catching but tighter towards the bottom for ball control
The Maverik Havok 2 is designed for the elite LSM or close defender. Offering a best-in-class strength-to-weight ratio, the Havok 2 can deliver fast and precise checks, making the player a turnover machine. Utilizing a new 4-strut design, the Havok 2 makes groundballs a breeze. Any elite defender can wreak havoc with Maverik’s newest head.
- XRail Technology maintains a lightweight and stiff design.
- 20 sidewall holes for a mid/high pocket.
- New four-strut design for easy groundballs.
The Hammer 1k is STX’s latest iteration of their very successful Hammer head line. Made for the shutdown defensive players that go all out every game. The Hammer 1k is ultra-stiff thanks to its three-strut design, which prevents the head from warping on aggressive poke checks. Utilizing EnduraForm, it can withstand any playing condition you can throw at it. Featuring the Speed Scoop, the Hammer 1K turns any defender into a groundball vacuum.
- EnduraForm improves toughness.
- Speed Scoop makes groundballs a breeze.
- Ultra-stiff with a three-strut design.
The Mark 2D gives you over 29 sidewall holes to completely customize your pocket. It also features an ultra-stiff construction and a wider face shape (than the 2T) designed with harder checks and better ground balls in mind. The top half of the head slightly comes forward creating an incredible angle of attack for easier ground ball pick up. If you're looking for a wider head that doesn’t lose that high level of feel check out the StringKing Mark 2D.
- 29 sidewall holes
- Wide face shape
- Perfect attack angle for ground balls
The Nike Alpha Elite 2 is designed to be tough in any condition. Utilizing Nike’s PowerForm plastic, the Alpha Elite 2 allows elite-level poles to perform at any temperature. Featuring a wide face shape, close defenders will be able to knock down and intercept passes with east. With a bottom rail designed for a high pocket, the Alpha Elite 2 is a groundball vacuum.
- PowerForm plastic keeps the head stiff.
- High-Pocket for easy groundballs.
- Wide face shape for knocking down passes.
The Warrior Burn XP is built with the elite LSM and transition players in mind. It features a tighter face shape to increase ball control and utilizes Sym-flex technology to increase shot and pass accuracy. Designed for a mid-pocket, the Burn XP is ideal for the poles that like to go coast-to-coast.
- Sym-Flex increases shot power and accuracy.
- Bottom rail designed for a mid-pocket.
- LOC-THROAT secures the head onto the shaft.
Choosing the Right Type of Defense Lacrosse Head
Choosing the best d-pole head can seem daunting at first, but just identifying individual needs is a great first step. These simple components: position, playstyle, and overall value make up the characteristics necessary to find your personal best. These are the typical characteristics poles will consider when looking for a head to fit their position:
- Wide face
- Durability for hard checks
- High pocket for a snappy release
Long Stick Middie (LSM):
- Slightly tighter face shape for ball control
- Stiffness to hold up on physical ground balls
- Mid to high pocket for more versatility
Best Close Defense Lacrosse Head
This is a tough call with so many great heads out there but we are going to go with the STX X20 Unstrung Lacrosse Head. Not only does it feature a wide face shape that defenders look for but the EnduraForm™ plastic keeps this head lightweight but still stiff. The head is easy to string and takes a high pocket very well.
Best Long Stick Middie Lacrosse Head
Ever since its release in 2018, the Maverik Havok Unstrung Lacrosse Head has been on the top of so many LSMs sticks for good reason. The more pinched profile lends itself to carrying the ball through traffic. With such a heavy duty sidewall construction, the Havok can hold up to wing play as well as hard checks.
Most Versatile Defensive Lacrosse Head
The Warrior EVO QX Defense Unstrung Lacrosse Head takes the prize here because it could honestly be used at short stick or long pole. Zach Currier, midfielder for the Waterdogs in the PLL, has been using it for over a year with great success. It also plays really well at LSM or close defense because of its durable plastic and classic Evo sidewall design.
The Warrior Reg Max Warp Pro Strung Lacrosse Head is the best bang for your buck because it’s the full package right out of the box. This is a fully functioning head for just $109.99 right from the jump. It also has a no maintenance pocket because of the Warp technology. It’s the easiest level of entry to the position and saves a lot of hassle that lacrosse heads can provide.
Best Lacrosse Head Brands
Whenever you are looking for a lacrosse head, you can’t go wrong with one from Maverik, Warrior, or STX lacrosse heads. They have heads built for every position and level of play. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out our selection of ECD Lacrosse or StringKing heads for a unique take on different lacrosse heads.
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This article was originally published on September 26, 2021, and has been updated with new information.