Newest Womens Lacrosse Heads 2019-2024

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Every year, the lacrosse equipment, especially the heads, gets upgraded based on the demands of the players and the market. It is quite exhaustive to research each head separately without having any proper mechanism to compare them. 

Therefore, I have created a list of the newest womens lacrosse heads so that you guys can easily browse through the upgrade and make informed choices.

Best Newest Womens Lacrosse Heads

The following is the list of the best newest womens lacrosse heads:

Epoch Purpose 15° 3D Elite Runner Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Pocket Location Zone 4 High
Stiffness Average
# Stringing Holes: Top and Double Sidewalls 4 and 22 on each side
Year Released 2023

The Epoch Purpose 15° 3D Elite Runner is the most versatile and trustworthy variant of the Purpose series. This head promised to serve all the needs of an elite player for catching, cradling, passing, shooting, and ground balls. I could not help but wonder about the 3D Elite Runner women’s mesh. Engineered for the new generation of elite athletes, it promised the benefits of mesh with the feel of leather.

With its patented 15° bottom rail and zone 4 high pocket, I was interested to see how it would perform on the field. Taking it for a test run, I immediately noticed its capabilities. 

High-speed catching became a breeze as the ball nestled snugly into the bigger predefined sweet spot of the pocket. Cradling through the field felt effortless, although I had to make slight adjustments for vertical cradling.

Shooting with the 3D Elite Runner was a great experience. The ball rolled up high just before release, ensuring powerful shots with bullseye’s accuracy. I found myself hitting the corner successfully over 90% of the time. With its rounded scoop, the ground balls were easy to scoop up,

The tri-diamond stringing added a greater hold to the pocket, giving me superior whip and control. I can affirm that the large, medium, and small diamond stringing pattern ensured a deep pocket with minimal side-to-side rattle. It has four mesh pillars for durable structural integrity.

What I particularly appreciated was its sturdy yet flexible build. Made with a composite injected polymer, it maintained its shape without pinching in. The lip on the top of the head also protected the strings from damage.

While the Purpose 15° 3D Elite Runner impressed me, it needs breaking in for a consistent release. With its HT Poly technology for all-weather performance and structural integrity,  the Epoch Purpose 15° 3D Elite Runner surely felt like a next-gen offense head to me.

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Epoch Purpose 15° Cotton Candy Pro Mesh Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Pocket Location Zone 4 High
Stiffness Average
# Stringing Holes: Top and Double Sidewalls 4 and 22 on each side
Year Released 2023

Epoch released a limited Cotton Candy edition of the Purpose 15° Pro Mesh in the summer of 2023. This is one of those few heads that serve all the purposes of an elite lacrosse player. Be it catching, cradling, passing, shooting, or ground balls. 

Intrigued by the pending patent 15° bottom rail and zone 4 high pocket, I took it on the field to review its overall performance. I started with high-speed catching. The ball would drive high up in the pocket to its predefined sweet spot. I easily cradled through the field. However, I had to adjust ball placement while vertical cradling.

Similar was the case with shooting. Right before I threw powered shots, the ball would roll up high and leave the head with high velocity and accuracy. I hit the corner 7 out of 8 attempts. The rounded scoop helped me with the ground balls. The spine-like stringing created more depth in the pocket. Due to this, I felt more whip, hold, and control over the head. 

Personally, I liked the structure and build. It is made with a composite injected polymer that neither felt sturdy nor too flexible. But this did not compromise its utility as the bottom rail is supported by one strut. The head did not pinch in.  The lip on the top of the head protects the strings from damage

If you want to have a unique head that performs well and looks aesthetic, this is what you should go for as each head is dyed differently.

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Maverik Ascent+ Smiley Complete Lacrosse Stick

Key Features

Pocket Location Mid | Front
Stiffness Stiff
Year Released 2023

The Maverik Ascent+ Smiley Complete Stick is made for the do-it-all midfielders like me who like to draw the ball. This one is for all the midfielders who demand nothing but the best from their sticks. Released in 2023, I feel that the Ascent+ head is a good choice for the midfielders because of its rich utility.

The Ascent+ features a specialized design with a 22° release angle and enhanced stiffness. The 22° release angle is between the rail and the scoop. It is perfect for midfielders who demand accuracy and power in their game. I have experienced a significant improvement in my shooting accuracy and power thanks to this feature. 

I feel that the XRAIL technology has solidified the stability and control of this head. With the enhanced stiffness, I was able to deliver powerful shots and precise passes consistently on the field.

Like most midfield heads, it has a tight face profile with a predefined mid-pocket location sweet spot. I did not have to break in the pocket to create a channel for snagging in the ball. I have never been successful at stringing a Mesh and Braided pocket system because it is a tough pattern to string. However, this pattern is strung by Maverik professionals in New York. 

I did not have to worry about catching and cradling with the Ascent+. The round scoop helped me with precise and effortless ground ball pickups. It kept the ball snug and secure while intense checks were played on me. Isn’t it a midfielder’s dream?

The Ascent+ feels like a lightweight complete stick with an ⅞ inch carbon composite shaft diameter. I particularly liked the tapered shaft towards the throat end, which contributed to a more comfortable grip and enhanced control during play. The throat is plugged in tightly. It showed no signs of the head wobble.

If you are a midfielder like me who is looking to get high-powered shots with the utmost accuracy, this is the one for you.

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STX Aria Pro 10° Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Pocket Location Mid-High
Stiffness Stiff
# Stringing Holes: Top and Sidewalls 4 and 21 on each side
Year Released 2023

The STX Aria Pro 10° marks the start of a new era for the elite offense players. The Aria Pro is an upgraded and much-refined version of the STX’s Crux Pro (the go-to option of elite offense players; not anymore). Having used the Crux Pro, I felt a noticeable difference in the weight of the Aria Pro. It felt much lighter to me than STX’s other Pro heads.

STX has created a patented maximum 10° offset angle. They claim it to be the ultimate angle of offset for the ball feel and balance, and rightly so I must say. The feeling and balance of the ball felt like a second skin to me. 

It has a mid-high pocket that features a predefined sweet spot. I liked it because the ball sat underneath my hand instead of being at the front. This gave me a boost in the confidence to send high-powered cruise missiles to the back of the net. Every time I caught the ball on the field, I could feel setting up the tempo of the game. 

That brings me to my next point. The catching and cradling with the STX Aria Pro is of elite level. I effortlessly caught and threw high-speed passes. The ball snugs in and sits nicely without scooping up or down the high pinch narrow face and channel. The DropRail technology helped me with ball retention and hold.

Built with EnduraForm plastic for increased strength and toughness, I must admire the structural changes, especially around the scoop. Previous versions of their Pro series were sleek around the scoop top. It always felt like a weak spot. Hesitancy always prevailed but STX has made the Speed Scoop of the Aria Pro a bit beefier. It not only helps with the ground balls but also protects the fray of the top strings.

Nonetheless, you can only use a 10° shaft with the Aria Pro. That leaves you with three options; Aria Pro, Crux Pro, and Exult Pro shafts. I got it Lock Pocket strung by the STX professionals, you can also avail of this option.

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Gait Whip 2 Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Pocket Location Mid-Low
Stiffness Stiff
# Stringing Holes: Top and Double Sidewalls 4 and 25 on each side (21 or 16)
Year Released 2023

Straight from Gait (one of the best manufacturers of elite heads so far), Whip 2 is a game-changer in performance and weight. The Whip 2 isn’t messing around when it comes to the offense game. Need proof? Charlotte North, the two-time Tewaaraton Award winner, uses it as the primary offense head. She scores big time with the Whip 2.

I have been on the field for years, and let me tell you, when I got my hands on the Whip 2, I knew it was something special. Gait did not hold back on this one. They have packed it with features that will have the defenders wondering, ‘What just happened here?’.

Gait has placed a mid-low pocket on the Whip 2. The strategic placing of the raised double sidewall design holes offers you the deepest and meanest pocket that is still legal on the field. I had insane ball control and handling, especially the vertical cradling. The prestrung Flex Mesh provides control, hold, and accuracy. 

Gait has widened the face shape compared to the original Whip. I felt catching those high-speed passes like second nature. The head did not allow me to fumble around when the pressure was on. Whereas, the narrow pocket kept the ball snug and secure. 

As soon as I took some targeted shots, the Whip 2 instantly became my favorite offense head. It felt like a laser beam. My shots and passes were high-speed and accurate. Only a few other offense heads could give such pinpoint accuracy. 

Gait has redesigned the scoop and named it the Bullnose Scoop so you can scoop up ground balls like it is business as usual. I snagged those grounders effortlessly.

The Gait Whip 2 provided me with a good range of motion. However, it needs some breaking in the pocket to create that sweet spot for you. Once you play with the Whip 2, you will wonder how you ever played without it.

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Gait Apex Rail Elite Strung Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Pocket Location Low | Front
Stiffness Stiff
# Stringing Holes: Top and Double Sidewalls 4 and 8, 16 on each side
Year Released 2022

The Gait Apex Rail Elite head is a combination of the Gait’s Air and Whip heads. Having used both heads, this is certainly a better one. The newer version of the Apex with Rail Elite pocket came out in 2022, previously released with a Flex Mesh. Built for midfielders and faceoff specialists, this is an ideal head if you are looking for a head that offers superior performance.

I took it to the field and was instantly surprised with how well it performed. Honestly, I was expecting minor upgrades but this midfield head is near to perfection. The amount of hold I had on the ball was insane. The not-so-new (Gait’s) superior front and low pocket held the ball securely. I did not feel the need to readjust the ball in the sweet spot at all.

Gait has also implemented the double sidewall technology in this head. This further improved the control and balance. I felt confident with the draws. If you are not accustomed to the narrow and elongated channel, you will need some practice. However, once you master it, there is nothing that will stop your midfielder maneuvers.

For me, the Apex Rail Elite’s performance on the field was exceptional. I could catch the ball and maintain possession with ease. I cradled along the field and passed the ball with consistency and accuracy. It has a curved offset and a great scoop for throwing checks and ground balls. I could come at the ball from any side.

It certainly is a bit beefier on the top to protect the strings. All in all, this is a great midfield head.

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Gait Draw-M Pocket Strung Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Pocket Location Mid-High
Stiffness Stiff
# Stringing Holes: Top and Double Sidewalls 4 and 2, 14 on each side
Year Released 2022

An upgraded version of the original Gait Draw head, the Draw-M represents a quantum leap forward. The product has reached new heights in quality, utility, and functionality. Ally Mastroianni also plays with the Draw M. Like many midfielders, I have always yearned for a specialist head. This head is surely a faceoff specialist’s dream.

As soon as I held it, I could feel the stiffness and endurance of the Draw-M. Actually, it is the first-ever complete draw stick that serves faceoff and shooting needs. Like the original Draw, it also features a double sidewall technology. However, I noticed the area of the second sidewall is expanded. The channel has now become more narrow and elongated.

It has a flatter front mid-high pocket that helped me to keep the ball nice and secure. I cannot emphasize enough how important the reversible pocket is for midfielders who set the tone of the game. For players like me, who like to have on-point hand-eye coordination, strength, and technique, this is a dream come true. 

Because of its reversible pocket, I was aggressive with the faceoffs. After playing multiple games with the Gait Draw-M, winning draws and staying on the field became much easier for me. 

Its performance on the catch and the cradle front was also above par. The curved scoop helped me with effortless ground balls and the shooting was also on par with any midfield head on the market. I was worried about its warp resistance. However, STX has made the Draw-M with Profrom and Nylon separately to cater to warm and cold climates. 

If you play a crucial role in determining possession at the start of each quarter, after goals, and during crucial moments in the game, this is what you should opt for.

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Gait Apex Girls Complete Stick With Flex Mesh

Key Features

Weight 6.2 oz
Pocket Location Mid | Front
Stiffness Stiff
Year Released 2021

Gait has always been one of the best manufacturers of Lacrosse equipment. Released in 2021, the Gait Apex Complete Stick is designed for midfielders. It offers a good combination of speed, balance, control, and accuracy. It felt quite lightweight and easy to handle. I could notice my shot speed ramping up with just a few throws. Midfielders like me can instantly notice the increased shot speed.

The Gait Apex has a curved offset and a front-mid pocket location. Features like the Rail Flex Mesh provided me with an unmatched pocket shift for control in every part of the head, especially while catching and cradling. I could easily snug incoming passes and maintain control of the ball. It has strategically placed double sidewall holes to widen the catching field.

The curved and deep offset helped me with flawless ground balls. The front pocket acted as a catalyst for me. It securely scooped the ball to the sweet spot in the narrow channel. I felt a good whip and release with the Apex head. It performed above par for controlled checks, however, one should be careful with aggressive and punishing checks. 

The shaft of the Gait Apex is carbon composite. With a little practice, I saw a clear difference of 7-8 mph in my shot speed. 

If this is your first time with a multidirectional Flex Mesh, understanding the stringing mechanism will require some time on the field. This is a good head for players who like to draw the ball.

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Gait Whip Flex Mesh Strung Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Weight 7 oz
Pocket Location High | Front
Stiffness Stiff
# Stringing Holes: Top and Double Sidewalls 4 and … on each side (14-16)
Year Released 2020

I am a highly skilled attacker who understands the worth of a high-performing offensive head. I have had a good experience with Gait Whip. It is a versatile and highly accurate head that will make your presence formidable on the field.

The Gait has introduced a shallow front-high pocket on the Whip. The front pocket delivered peak performance on my shots and throws. With the implementation of the curved offset technology, I could come at the from any angle. The ball found its sweet spot faster than relative offense heads. It gave me a commanding feel, control, and power on the field. 

The ultimate scoop design enhanced my accuracy as well as made ground ball pickups easier. This made me always one step ahead of defenders  The double sidewall feature narrows the channel. This improved my control while cradling even more. With the new and unique scoop shape and angle, I left the opponents in awe during ground balls.

Additionally, I love their recent proprietary new stringing hole idea for a big front pocket which makes it perfect for an attacking-style player. Despite weighing only 7 ounces (the standard weight for women's lacrosse heads), it had enough stiffness and durability. 

However, despite its advantages, I have noticed an occasional wobble during vertical cradling, as if the ball might slip out. But with my skill and adaptability, I have found ways to mitigate this issue. If you are a beginner or even an intermediate player, this would require some good practice sessions. 

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STX Axxis Women's Lacrosse Head

Key Features

Pocket Location Mid-High
Stiffness Stiff
# Stringing Holes: Top and Double Sidewalls 4 and 15 on each side
Year Released 2019

STX Axxis being the first-ever draw specialist head (women) piqued my interest. So, when I first got my hands on the STX Axxis draw head, I was eager to put it to the test. A good lot of features were introduced in this STX’s patented 10° head. From Draw Claw to the unique head silhouette, it seemed to be the perfect head to win draws.

When I stepped onto the field with the STX Axxis draw head, I felt empowered to take charge of the draw from the get-go. Its innovative Draw Claw technology gave me a natural grip on the ball, allowing me to push or pull with confidence and precision. The specialized head shape is like a secret weapon. It nested within my opponent's head for incontestable control as soon as the whistle blew.

But it is not just about winning faceoffs. The STX Axxis head is designed to excel in all aspects of the offense game. It has a mid-high pocket with a predefined sweet spot. The ball rolled in nicely for high-speed and precise throws. 

 

Its reinforced Speed Scoop ensured that I could scoop up ground balls with ease. Whereas the shortened throat improved my maneuverability on the field. I got my STX Axxis prestrung with the Crux Mesh Pro pocket. It increased my accuracy and precision in shooting and passing.

However, there are some realistic drawbacks to consider. Like any lacrosse head, it takes time to adjust to the nuances of the STX Axxis. But once you have mastered its capabilities, there is no stopping you on the field. Being a 10° head, it can only be attached with a 10° shaft.

Structurally, it is well-built and its durability is impressive. The presence of 3 struts on the rail ensures that this lightweight and stiff head does not pinch in during aggressive draws and checks.

With the STX Axxis, you will surely end the draw before it can begin and gain possession where it matters the most.

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Now that you have the list of the best newest lacrosse womens heads, it is time to make an upgrade in your game.

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