STX X10 Lacrosse Head and Maverik Wonderboy Shaft Review

By Chris Tomaselli, Commonwealth Lacrosse, Franklin, MA

What’s up everyone? This is Chris Tomaselli, checking in here at the Commonwealth Lacrosse blog. I will be kicking things up a notch with a Game Time Review and this week, I will be featuring one of the best defensive stick set-ups out there – an STX X10 Head strung up with Jimalax white hard mesh, white sidewall, and white shooting strings on a black Maverik Wonderboy defense shaft.

Why is this one of the best defensive stick combinations available? The STX X10 is the head every defenseman from middle school to the pros is using. A defensive stick should be stiff to throw hard checks, hurt your opposition’s performance, and should not warp or flex when poke-checking or scooping. The X10’s rigid trestle sidewall design gives you the necessary strength and stiffness that a defensive stick should have. The X10 also has many sidewall options, which offer a number of diverse stringing patterns to any stick doctor. Compliant under NCAA and NFHS rules, the X10 has a wide throat which is ideal for a defensive head.

To start this bad boy off, I laced up the X10 with the California Dream Top String (a.k.a. the Triangle Top String). Despite its difficulty, the California Dream is gaining popularity because it is able to pull the mesh tighter to the scoop which significantly minimizes the lip. Plus, I think that the California Dream gives your head a sophisticated style unlike any other regular top string.

Next, I made sure that my sidewall knots were larger than usual because the top sidewall holes are larger on the X10 than on most other heads. From there, my stringing pattern went as follows: Skip a hole, in a hole, skip a hole, in a hole, double up on the mesh, and then string until the 2nd last hole where I tied it off.

After putting in my bottom string, I picked my shooting string pattern. I put in a U for ball control and then two straighties for a smooth release. Personally I like to feel the ball come out of the stick a little bit so I threw on a nylon too. I ended up with a smooth channel, perfect for handling ground balls and a sweet mid pocket which gives the head the ability for superb fakes and a quick release during clears.

On the other half of the set up, I have the Maverik Wonderboy defense shaft. The Wonderboy is probably one of the best overall shafts on the market. The name says it all — Wonderboy. The urban definition of this term is a low profile super hero. Keeping a low profile in lacrosse is what it’s all about. Not too flashy, but not unnoticed. The design is in fact a Wonderboy. It showcases the name in big bold letters that grab your attention, but not in a negative way. Like the name, the graphics are not too flashy, but not unnoticed.

The Wonderboy features an interesting grip pattern on the shaft. On defense, it is important to be able to slide your hands on the shaft to throw poke checks, but also to have the control to hold onto it when throwing other checks and handling the ball. The shaft’s raised grip is positioned on the sides of the shaft so you can hold onto the shaft when cradling. The smooth part is located on the top and bottom of the shaft’s exterior making it easier for your hands to slide up and down during poke checks. To top off the Wonderboy’s low profile is its alloy composition.  It is a blend of titanium and aluminum metals that give the Wonderboy a combination of strength, lightness, and durability.

Individually, the STX X10 head and the Maverik Wonderboy shaft are great pieces of lacrosse equipment. When combined, the X10 and Wonderboy are bad news to any lacrosse player who opposes their reign. Stop into your local ComLax store, or shop our righteous website and add these weapons to your game today.


STX Alliance Lacrosse Shaft Preview

Pretty soon here at ComLax, we will be offering the STX Alliance Shaft. What makes this shaft worthy of a blog post, you ask? Well, the first and most notable thing to mention is that STX is introducing the idea of flex into lacrosse shafts this year. Love those STX folks, always thinking ahead, aren’t they? Anywa,y, the idea of flex for your shaft basically means that you can now purchase a lacrosse shaft based on your style of play and your position. Much like ice hockey, you can now optimize your on-field performance with the three following flex options on the Alliance:

 

85 Flex: This will be the most “whippy” of the three – in other words, you’ll find a lot of flex in this shaft. If you play a finesse game and pride yourself on speed, this shaft will give you a little more power and accuracy.

135 Flex:  This will offer you what we’ll call “mid-flex” – if your game requires a combination of brute power and finesse, or if you play multiple positions, this Alliance shaft is probably going to suit you best. This one is neither too stiff, nor too whippy.wa

160 Flex:  The 160 flex Alliance caters to the player who needs a very stiff shaft and tends to play with brute power.  The stiff 160 will still have some flex in it, but is really constructed for the ultimate in shooting power and is a rugged, more tough shaft. Made for the “heavy” guys (and we don’t mean weight, though players on the heavier side will benefit from the 160)

The Alliance shafts will be available at ComLax in the next few weeks! Stay tuned!

 


The Rise and Fall of the Titanium Lacrosse Shaft

 

In the early ’90s Dave Morrow (former Princeton D-Man & Warrior CEO)  and his father introduced the lax world to a shaft that put all other materials to shame, the Titanium Lacrosse Shaft. To this day, per square inch of shaft there is STILL no material used that equals the overall strength of Titanium.  Obviously there are now much lighter shafts, but nothing compares to the power of the king.

The greatest attribute of a titanium shaft is its durability – wow, there’s a shocker! But do you understand why it’s so durable? Titanium, unlike all other alloys, if bent or warped (especially for D-poles) can be worked back into shape without ruining the overall integrity of the shaft. When titanium dents or bends it takes much greater force to stress fracture than that of an alloy mixed material.
I once pondered selling my great idea of using Depleted Uranium (material used in tank armor) as a means for lacrosse shaft material but looked into the cost and the need for radioactive protection from handling the stuff, so I pulled the plug. If Titanium is the “BEST” then why after 20 or so years has it become scarce?
One simple conclusion is cost, cost for manufacturers to make and cost for consumers to purchase. It seems as if weight plays a major role, along with color options too. Whatever it might actually be that has caused the near extinction of the strongest shaft ever will remain a mystery. But for all that are aware of it greatness, we salute you for a great run!
— Marty Bulhoes, Store Manager, ComLax Braintree

Lacrosse Goalie Heads and Sticks

Kyle Prussing, who manages our Comlax store in Franklin, MA, checks in with some recommendations for goalie heads:

 

STX ECLIPSE — The STX Eclipse is the first open sidewall goalie stick with one of largest stopping areas of any goalie head. The Eclipse is a goalie stick with the passing accuracy of an attack stick. The Eclipse has a streamlined scoop and a perfect blend of stiffness and flexibility. The Eclipse has been a player favorite for 9+yrs.

 

STX GOAL MASTER — Just ask your dad or coach. The most popular goalie stick in lacrosse for the last 20 years. The Goalmaster is excellent for beginner goalies through collegiate level play. Stiffness of head allows greater ease in clamping and scooping. A must have in any goalies twig collection.

 

 

WARRIOR NEMESIS — This head is for all you playerz out there who like to play aggressive between the pipes. Flared sidewall offers optimum stopping area and ball control. Slightly heavier mold provides greater stiffness and durability. Nemesis is still used by many elite goalies throughout the world.

 

 

WARRIOR VOID LYTE — One of the lightest goalie heads in the game helps for faster reaction times and more eye-opening saves. The lightest goalie head on the market to date at 9.3 oz. Offset design provides outstanding ball control and passing accuracy. A player favorite for years to come.

 

 

WARRIOR VOID — Created by some of the top goalies in the MLL. The Voids offset patent design offers better ball control and passing accuracy then many in its class. If you are looking to fill a VOID in your game this heads for you.

 

 

BRINE ERASER — Offset design provides maximum pocket depth and ball control. Still a favorite of many of the games top keepers. Multiple stringing holes allows perfect set-up for custom designed pockets. 10.8 oz creates a perfect balance for players of all ages.

 

 

BRINE MONEY — A MONEY stick for any player who is brave enough to stand between the pipes. Weighing in at 11.4 oz this head creates a perfect balance for players of all ages. With this stick you don’t have to have $$$$ to be money.