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.