Lacrosse Shaft Buying Guide

Types of lacrosse shafts

Shafts come in a wide array of shapes and sizes. Here are several materials that are frequently used in the construction of lacrosse shafts:

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Aluminum alloy

Aluminum Alloy shafts are a solid choice for any player, regardless of skill set or position. While aluminum alloy might not be the strongest material, it’s versatile, easy to handle, and is still lightweight enough for most offensive players.

Our pros recommend: the Maverik Wonderboy


Composite is the perfect choice for any attacker, or offensive-minded player. It’s drawn from carbon fibers, which makes it incredibly strong while still being lightweight. Even better, composite shafts provide a natural grip that any player would love.

Our pros recommend: the Epoch Dragonfly


Looking for a long pole? Titanium’s usually what d-poles prefer. Titanium poles are lightweight, have plenty of strength for what you’ll need on defense, and can last through multiple seasons.

Our pros recommend: the STX Stallion


Scandium shafts are the perfect choice for any top-level player, mostly because of their incredible strength-to-weight ratio. They’re super light on the offensive end, but still durable enough to lash out checks.

Our pros recommend: the STX Sci-Ti Scandium

Lacrosse Shaft Sizing

The size of your stick depends almost entirely on what position you play. Other factors to take into consideration are your age, height, and personal preference. Based on these factors, here are some general sizing tips for the various types of sticks on the market today.


Attack and offensively-minded midfielders should choose shafts that measure between 40-42”.


Defensemen are required to use longer shafts, generally between 52-72” in length.


Goalie sticks can measure anywhere between 40-72” in shaft length for men, and 35.5-52” for women. For youth players, anywhere between 37-72” is legal.


Shafts measuring 35-43” are a good match for female lacrosse players.


Youth players can use the same sized shaft as your average attackman. Shafts anywhere from 40-42” or are usually a good fit. Defensive poles aren’t allowed in youth lacrosse.

Other tips

If your stick feels a little too big, remember, you can always cut it down. This is a great tip to remember when shopping for youth shafts. Not sure how to attach your shaft to your head? Most shafts come with a screw-hole on the top that can be used to fasten your head onto your shaft. If yours does not, you can always drill a hole in yourself.

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