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Get Defensive with Austin Pifani’s Weapon of Choice

What’s that old saying? Defense wins games? It’s become a cliché because it’s true — and lacrosse is no exception to that rule. A defender’s duty is to shut down the opponent. At. All. Costs. 

Regardless of your defensive approach, every dominant defender agrees on one thing: an exceptional stick is a must-have.

University of North Carolina alum Austin Pifani knows a good stick set-up when he has one. A core part of the Tar Heels’ 2016 championship defense, Pifani has continued to make a name for himself at the professional level — and he’s been using the same weapon all along.

Tried and true for six years, never bent nor broken, Pifani reveals the stick that helps him serve up a strong defensive strategy:

The Hammer 700 has been with Austin since his college days, and now, he’s excited for the updates. Always looking to innovate while staying true to a classic design, we’ve updated the Hammer 700 for the 2019 season with a new carbon construction that maximizes durability and eliminates extra weight. This maintains the comfort of the grip, with just enough flex for Pifani to throw checks, while enhancing strength and control.

These days, he’s pairing it with the STX Stallion 700 Head and Memory Mesh pocket for a quick release that allows him to easily scoop ground balls and then move the play up the field.

Get Pifani’s weapon of choice here: Hammer 700 ShaftSTX Stallion 700 Head, and Memory Mesh

The STX Stallion 700 Head is a top pick for both offensive and defensive players. Check out scoring legend Justin Guterding’s take on the versatile head.