StringKing MARK 2A Attackmen Head

Overview

I recently had the chance to try stringking mark 2a attackman head that was launched in 2017. Although it was a game changer back then, I gave it a go again and did extensive research on the field to check if it is still worth buying a MARK 2A seven years later. 

Here is my in-depth review, covering everything from its pros and cons to its performance in various aspects of the game.

Table of Contents

Drip Score: 7.4/10

Key Features

 

Brand StringKing
Position Attack / Offensive
Cost Unstrung: $99.99 Strung: $159.99
Level Universal
Legality Conforming with NCAA and NFHS Rules
Colors Unstrung: White | Raw | Black Strung: White/White | Raw/White | Black/White | Black/Black
Year Released 2017

 

Product Specs

Weight4.56 oz
Pocket LocationMid-low
StiffnessStiff
String HolesSidewall: 29 on each sideTop Holes: 6
Release Year2017
Face ShapeNarrow
Ground PickupNarrow
Ball ReleaseLate
Ease of UseIntermediate and Advanced
PositionOffense
GenderMale
Spread on ShotSlightly right for right-handers and slightly left for left-handers
Level of PlayAll

StringKing MARK 2A Head Ranking

Drip Meter Each Row Ranked Between 0-10.

Accuracy of Shot and Pass7It showed subpar practical performance with slower shot speeds and dispersion issues, highlighting the need for practice to maximize its potential.
Checking8One of the best features of MARK 2A is its checking ability because of the rounded scoop and larger offset.
Cradling Performance/Ball Security7.5Vertical cradling performance was good on the field.
Catching6The MARK 2A has a narrow face requiring a higher skill level to make consistentCatches. The ball often rebounds.
Ground Pickup Performance8The MARK 2A is great at picking up ground balls with a rounded scoop and a flatter angle that funnels ground balls into its secure narrow pocket.
Faceoff Performance8The head is flexible and warp-resistant for faceoffs. The larger flat offset angle will require you to get lower to the ground.
Stringability8.5This head has an above-average 29 sidewall stringing holes allowing for a very versatilepocket setup (low, mid, and high)
Durability (Material andThickness)7It is durable attacking head that is built with a stiff plastic material that appears to be ordinary.
Drippiness/Aesthetics/BrandIntegrity6.5The MARK 2A appears to be on the cheaper side. There is no uniqueness to it.
Cost 7.5The pricing is fine for the unstrung head, whereas the strung head is expensive relative to its utility.
Total7.4/10

Pros/Cons of Head

Pros

Cons

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Who’s This Head Made For?

The StringKing MARK 2A head was launched for offensive and attack players in 2017. This offensive head is geared toward men who prefer lightweight and stiff heads. Isn’t that what all attackers look for? 

It has a low to mid-low pocket with a narrow face because of the lowered side rail profile. Interestingly, I noticed that there was no head rattle (at least initially), thanks to its lock bolt feature. For a head launched in 2017, achieving this was somewhat of a great feat. 

Nevertheless, there is much more to the MARK 2A attackmen head that you should know. 

Accuracy of Shot and Pass

The StringKing MARK 2A has a narrow throat and face width. Ideally, it becomes easier to control the direction and speed of passes due to a quicker release. The lowered side profile and pocket help in vertical control. 

It is all good on paper. However, when I took it to the field, I felt it to be a little underperforming (or should I say you need some good practice sessions with the MARK 2A). Since I am a right-hand player, my shots went a little right to the target line. I am guessing the same will happen to the left-hand players. 

Although it was quick enough to release the ball, the shot speed was not what I expected. Despite 29 sidewall holes on each side. I found MARK 2A to be underpowered and a little dispersive with the shots. Nothing that can’t be corrected with some good muscle power and a little extra practice.

Offensive players looking for a head with a balance of power and accuracy may prefer alternatives such as the StringKing Mark 2V, Maverik Optik 3.0, or STX Surgeon 300.

Catching and Cradling

As mentioned earlier, the MARK 2A features a narrow throat and face shape. It has a well-defined narrow channel that lives true to StringKing’s claim that it has unmatched vertical cradling. With a narrow profile and low pocket, the margin of error is not there. 

On the field, I found the MARK 2A to be less convincing in catching than its counterpart attacking heads. Either you have to catch and cradle with perfection or get some practice with regaining the ball possession. 

It took me a while to understand the catching of MARK 2A. I had to work around the ball retention because 7/10 times, it rebounded. Instead of being snug, the ball tends to roll upward. However, I must commend the vertical cradling. It was on point. 

Due to its lightweight, intermediate and advanced players will experience easy one-handed cradling and increased agility for dodging defenders while maintaining control of the ball. If you are not familiar with a narrow profile, it will turn out to be less forgiving.

A good tradeoff in my opinion would be STX’s Surgeon 900.

Checking

The MARK 2A has a rounded scoop with a larger offset. Given the increased surface area, it improves checking with a better angle of attack when making contact with the opponent's stick. This larger offset allows for more precise and accurate checks, thus increasing the chances of dislodging the ball from the opponent's possession. 

The head is lightweight but the stiffness and durability will allow players to go all in during intense checking. While I was on the field, I found it to be good during checks. The slightly pinched face offered me a tighter grip on the ball. When I went in for checking, it was difficult for my opponents to maintain possession. They lost the ball 5/7 times. 

A good tradeoff in my opinion would be any offensive head with an aggressive offset such as STX’s Surgeon 900 or the ECD’s Mirage 2.0. 

Ground Pick-Up and Faceoff

The rounded scoop shape of the MARK 2A facilitates efficient ground pick-up. It has a flatter scoop so you might need to bend and get low to the ground. You might need some practice to perform swift ground pick-ups.

However, the flatter angle will help you to get under the ball more easily. Through my experiences on the field, I have found that these heads perform better during faceoffs. I found the MARK 2A to be flexible enough and warp-resistant. 

Although MARK 2A offers multiple mesh and pocket options, a low pocket is going to be your best shot in faceoffs. 

Final Remarks

The StringKing MARK 2A head offers a lightweight and stiff design for offensive players but struggles with catching due to frequent rebounds. Shot and pass accuracy needs practice. However, it excels in checking with a rounded scoop but may require adjustment for low-ground pick-ups. 

Consider alternatives like the StringKing Mark 2V, Surgeon 300, Maverik Optik 3.0, or ECD Mirage 2.0 for a better balance of power and accuracy.

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