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As a midfielder myself, I know the importance of finding a great lacrosse head that can excel in all parts of the game.
Middies are unique in that they play on both sides of the field and in transition. They need a head that can pass and shoot well on top of being stiff enough for defense and scooping ground balls.
To help my fellow midfielders, I put together this guide that goes over the best middie heads currently available as well as details what you should look for when choosing one.
8 Best Lacrosse Heads for Middies
Before we dive into the best heads for midfielders, I wanted to note that if you are a faceoff man, you should check out my guide to the best lacrosse heads for faceoffs. That goes options for both FOGOs and faceoff men that stay on the field.
Now onto the main event.
To find the best midfield heads, I started off by considering 38 heads either designed specifically for middies or for offense, in general.
I then narrowed by list down by reading customer reviews, looking at which were the most popular in the college and pro levels, and by checking out as many of the heads as possible at my local sporting goods store.
What I ended up with is the 8 best heads for middies and 4 budget options for those looking to save.
Best Lacrosse Heads for Midfielders:
- Maverik Tactik 2.0: Tied #1 Best Overall
- STX Stallion Omega: Tied #1 Best Overall
- Maverik Kinetik 2.0: Best for Outside Shooters
- StringKing Mark 2V: Best Versatility & Stringability
- STX Ultra Power: Best for Those Who Prefer High Whip
- ECD Mirage 2.0: Best for Outside Shooters
- Warrior Evo QX-O: Best for Those Who Prefer Lower Pockets
- ECD Rebel Offense: Best for Versatility
1) Maverik Tactik 2.0
#1 Best Overall (tied)
The Maverik Tactik 2.0 comes in as tied for first in our list of the best heads for middies—and for good reason.
It is light, very stiff, and has a ton of stringing holes that allow you to customize your pocket to your preferences.
The Tactik 2.0 is also one of the most popular heads in the game today. It was voted as the #1 head by players in ECD’s Top Heads of 2019 survey.
The second version of the Tactik has a level 3 bottom rail that makes it great for a mid to mid/high pocket—something that many middies prefer.
It has a great stiffness-to-weight ratio which makes it great for both offense and defense. Also, it has a great scoop that makes ground balls a breeze.
The face shape is pretty narrow towards the throat but starts gradually opening up just below the midpoint of the head.
Overall, the Tactik 2.0 is a great choice for midfielders and I think you’ll be very happy with this head from Maverik if it’s what you decide to go with.
2) STX Stallion Omega
#1 Best Overall (tied)
- Weight: 4.9 oz
- Ideal Pocket: Mid to mid/high
- Stiffness: Best in class
- # String Holes: Average
- Year Released: 2020
The just-released STX Stallion Omega ties the Tactik 2.0 as the best lacrosse head for middies.
It has the best stiffness-to-weight ratio of any STX head ever created thanks to the Omega plastic. It is also super durable and won’t lose its stiffness over time.
It has STX’s Speed Scoop which is loved by many players. It’s great for ground balls but also has a slight lip the covers the top string holes so they don’t interfere when you’re scooping.
The Stallion Omega has a great face shape as well. It has a narrow pinch on the bottom half of the head and gradually opens up towards the scoop.
Though it only has an average amount of stringing holes, they’re placed well and you shouldn’t have any trouble getting your ideal pocket in it. It also has Innerlock technology that makes stringing on the inside rail easier and more secure.
The biggest downside of the Stallion Omega is that it costs more than most heads on the market. It should last you much longer than the average head, however, so the extra cost may be worth it over time.
3) Maverik Kinetik 2.0
Best for: Outside Shooters
If you are an outside shooter that prefers high pockets, the Maverik Kinetik 2.0 may just be your best option.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it has a very unique shape. It has a tight pinch throughout most of the head and an aggressive flare towards the scoop. The scoop is still just over the minimum of 6 inches, though, so even that is narrow compared to competitors.
The Kinetik 2.0 has a gradual offset until about 3/4 of the way up the head where it cants back forward at a sharp angle—part of which makes it so great for outside shots.
Compared to the original Maverik Kinetik, the 2.0 has a more rounded scoop, a slightly tighter face shape, and is easier to string.
Overall, this is a great improvement on the original Kinetik which was one of the most popular heads over the past few years.
4) StringKing Mark 2V
Best for: Versatility & Stringability
- Weight: 4.7 oz
- Ideal Pocket: Mid
- Stiffness: Above-average
- # String Holes: Many
- Year Released: 2017
The “V” in the StringKing Mark 2V stands for versatile—and that’s exactly what this head is.
It is mainly designed for midfielders but could be used for almost any position. It is lightweight, stiff, and has more stringing holes than almost any other head.
The Mark 2V also has one of the most popular scoops in the game. It has rounded edges to make sure it doesn’t stab into the ground and helps you pick up ground balls at a variety of angles.
This head also has an amazing stiffness-to-weight ratio. It is one of the stiffer heads on this page even though it only weighs 4.7 oz.
The last thing to note with the Mark 2V from StringKing is that it has a locking bolt to help reduce head rattle. While I haven’t tested this out myself (yet), it seems that it works well based on customer reviews.
5) STX Ultra Power
Best for: Those Who Prefer High Whip
- Weight: 5.0 oz
- Ideal Pocket: Mid
- Stiffness: Above-average
- # String Holes: Average
- Year Released: 2018
The STX Ultra Power is next up on our list of the best midfield lacrosse heads.
If you are a fan of the Proton Power or Super Power, then you’ll love the Ultra Power—the next head in that series.
The biggest change to the Ultra Power is the Power Ramp geometry of the head. As you can tell in the image above, the head has a more-traditional offset towards the throat but comes back forward towards the scoop, helping increase power.
It’s supposed to increase shot speed by pushing the ball more down and forward, allowing you to wind up more. On the downside, it may take some getting used to since it’s so unique.
Another benefit of the Power Ramp is that it makes high angle ground balls easier. You don’t have to get your butt end as close to the ground since the scoop is already angled forward.
Aside from the Power Ramp taking some getting used to, this head is slightly heavier than some alternatives. In addition, the head is wider towards the scoop which may reduce your control a bit.
6) ECD Mirage 2.0
Best for: Outside Shooters
ECD revamped the original mirage to make the Mirage 2.0—arguably the best head for outside shooters on the market today.
Similar to the original Mirage, it features an aggressive face shape with a tight pinch throughout most of the head. It also has a higher offset than most other middie heads, making it great for stringing a mid/high to high pocket.
What’s new for the Mirage 2.0? Most notably the improved scoop is much better than the original. In addition, the face shape is slightly tighter, giving you just a bit more control and hold.
Overall, if you are an outside shooter, you will love the ECD Mirage 2.0. It features almost everything you could want in a head and comes from one of the best companies in lacrosse.
7) Warrior Evo QX-O
Best for: Those Who Prefer Lower Pockets
- Weight: 4.9 oz
- Ideal Pocket: Mid to mid/low
- Stiffness: High
- # String Holes: Above-average
- Year Released: 2020
The Warrior Evo QX-O is the newest member of the popular Evo family of heads.
Its face shape is almost identical to the Evo 5 with a decently pinched throat that opens up to the wide scoop. Like the Evo 5, the QX-O is very stiff, making it a great option for middies who play both sides of the ball.
In the Evo QX-O, Warrior also improved the scoop, by making it more rounded, and eliminated some unnecessary materials making it lighter than its predecessor.
This is one of the few heads on this list that is ideal for a lower pocket. There are also many stringing holes so you can customize your pocket to your preference.
Some customers have noted that the sidewall holes end early, possibly causing you to have to tie off sooner than you’d prefer.
8) ECD Rebel Offense
Best for: Versatility
The ECD Rebel Offense is a great choice for both attackmen and middies. It is stiff, yet light, and has a great face shape.
It has a pretty narrow pinch towards the throat and gradually starts flaring out a little lower than many other offensive heads. The scoop is slightly narrower than a lot of other heads as well.
One of my favorite parts about the Rebel Offense is the versatility in stringing options. The max offset is towards the middle of the head, allowing for anywhere from a mid/low to mid/high pocket.
There are also numerous stringing holes so you can customize your pocket how you like it.
Finally, the Rebel Offense has a great scoop that makes it easy to pick up ground balls from a variety of angles. It also has a slight lip to it that ensures your top string doesn’t interfere with scooping the ball.
Budget Middie Lacrosse Heads
- STX Stallion U 550: This older version of the Stallion has many of the same great features of and a similar face shape to the Stallion Omega but is much cheaper. It has a good stiffness-to-weight ratio and is durable, making it a good budget option for middies.
- StringKing Mark 1: Now that StringKing has come out with its line of Mark 2 heads, the Mark 1 is much cheaper. It is a bit heavy compared to alternatives but holds up well. Lastly, it has a ton of stringing holes making it great for a variety of pockets. You can find a strung version here.
- Brine King 2: The Brine King 2 was a pretty popular head when it was released in 2017. Now that it’s a few years old, you can often find it discounted, making it a good choice for midfielders looking to save a buck. It has a nice face shape and is durable, but is a bit heavy at 5.2 oz.
- Epoch iD Vision: This head was designed specifically for players around the U14 age group. It features a slightly wider face shape than many higher-level midfield heads but is a much better option than most other youth and intermediate heads available today.
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What to Look for in a Midfield Lacrosse Head
With so many heads that are suitable for middies on the market, it can be difficult to choose one. Which is best for you depends on your style of play and preferences.
To help you decide which makes the most sense for you, I listed out 7 things you should consider when comparing heads.
1) Face Shape
Whereas most attackmen prefer very narrow heads and most defensemen prefer wider heads, there is no one common face shape that most midfielders look for.
You’ll notice that the heads listed above vary in how pinched they are and their overall face shape. Some are very pinched like most attack heads, while others a bit a wider.
I recommend that less advanced players choose a wider head to help with catching. D middies often prefer wider heads as well to give them more surface area for laying checks.
More advanced players should look for narrower pinches to increase control and accuracy.
You’ll also notice that the heads above vary a lot in weight. Assuming strength and durability are equal, the lighter head is usually the better option. Lighter heads allow you to move your stick faster, increasing your shot speed compared to heavier heads.
For midfield heads, anything under 5 oz can be considered light. Heads that are over 5.5 oz or so are noticeably heavier and may slow you down a bit.
3) Stiffness & Durability
Even the lightest head won’t function well if it is a complete noodle or breaks regularly.
Unless you are a faceoff man, you typically should be looking for a stiff head that won’t flex during scoops and when getting checked.
You also want to find a head that will stay stiff and won’t break over time. Often, heads start out stiff when they are brand new but become more flexible in high temperatures.
4) Pocket Placement
Finding a head that is designed for your ideal pocket placement is also important.
The easiest way to tell where a pocket should ideally go on a head is by looking for where the max offset (or where the bottom rail is the lowest) is.
For example, heads like the Kinetik above, have a high offset that make them great for high pockets.
Heads with a lower offset, like the Warrior Evo 5, are better for low to mid/low pockets.
Most midfielders (myself included) prefer mid to high pockets that give them a bit more whip for shooting on the run and outside shots.
Since middies spend a lot of time in transition and on the wing for faceoffs, they often have to pick up a lot of ground balls. This makes having a good scoop crucial.
Look for a scoop that has a nice rounded shape to it that makes picking up ground balls smooth.
Scoops that are more angled/rounded (when looking down your stick) allow you to pick up balls at a higher angle in relation to the ground. Flat scoops, on the other hand, force you to bend over a lot which may slow you down.
6) Stringing Holes
Back in the day, heads often came with 10 sidewall holes or less. This made it really difficult to string different kinds of pockets simply because you were limited by the number of holes.
Luckily, most head manufacturers took note of this common pain point and offer 15+ sidewall holes.
Even though it shouldn’t be a problem for most heads, it’s worth checking out the stringing holes of the heads you are considering to make sure there are enough and the size/shape looks good for your stringing preferences.
7) Strung vs. Unstrung
The last thing to consider is whether to buy a strung or unstrung head.
In the past, I would have recommended going with an unstrung head so you could string it yourself or have a friend string it for you.
More recently, however, a lot of companies such as ECD and StringKing have started offering much better string jobs on their strung heads, making them viable options.
If you decide to go with a strung head, do some research to see if customers typically like the string job and if it meets your preferences. Avoid factory-strung pockets—which are typically very shallow and poor overall—at all costs.
High School & College Head Rules
NFHS (high school) rules for lacrosse head dimensions started to match NCAA (college) rules starting in 2018. Previously, high school heads could be narrower towards the throat but had to be wider towards the scoop, and vice-versa for college heads.
Now that both organizations have the same set of rules, any head that meets NCAA rules is legal for NFHS as well. Here are the rules for heads:
- Minimum width of 6″ at the widest part of the head
- Minimum width of 3.5″ on front and back of the head at 5″ up from throat of the head
- Minimum width of 3″ at 3″ up from throat of the head
- Minimum width of 3″ at 1.25″ up from throat of the head
The following diagram from Stringers Society makes the rules a little easier to visualize:
If you are buying a head that was released in the past 2 years, you shouldn’t have to worry about it meeting these regulations.
If you are buying a head from 2017 or before, you should check to see if it meets NCAA specs. If it does, it should also meet current NFHS rules. If not, then it is likely illegal for both high school and college since the new NFHS rules went into effect in 2018.
Other Products to Consider Alongside Your New Midfield Head
Below you can find some of my top choices for both full string kits as well as just mesh. You can also check out our Best Lacrosse Mesh Guide to learn more.
You can also check out some of our other gear guides that can help you take your game to the next level:
- Best Attack/Middie Lacrosse Shafts
- Best Lacrosse Heads
- Best Lacrosse Balls
- Best Lacrosse Rebounders
- Best Lacrosse Helmets
- Best Portable Lacrosse Goals
- Best Lacrosse Nets & Replacement Nets
- Best Lacrosse Backstops