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What Kind of Lacrosse Pocket Should I Get?

The right pocket can make or break your game. The way your style of play matches up with the shape, string set-up, and feel of your pocket determines whether you can receive a smooth pass, carry the ball upfield, keep the ball away from your opponent, or set up a sweet shot before landing the ball in the net.

Syracuse alum and Team USA goalie Liz Hogan breaks down five top pocket picks by style of play to help you find the right pocket:

Mesh: For the Innovator

Crux Mesh Pro: This is for the player who wants to go all-in on mesh for an easy-string, consistent feel that’s ready for play in all conditions (pairs great with the Crux 600 Head).

Crux Mesh: The Crux Mesh mixes the new mesh material and traditional leather to give you the consistency of the mesh, but with the option to tweak based on what works for you and your approach. This also pairs with the Crux 600 Head.

Classic: For the Traditionalist

ProForm: Mesh not your thing? If you’re all for the traditional, genuine lacrosse pocket that you can string start to finish customized for your optimal shot, the ProForm is for you. Pair with the Exult 600 Head.

Synthetic: For the Hugger or Sharpshooter

Runway: The Runway pocket has a plastic center to provide durability and enhanced control, but provides the feel of a traditional pocket — great fit for the Crux 400, Exult 300, Exult 600, and Fortress 300 Head.

Launch II: The Launch pocket also has a plastic base with targeted flex points for better ball hold to maintain possession running upfield. It also has a tie-off system for easy use during games when you need to adjust your pocket. This pairs with the Crux 600, Crux i, and Fortress 600 Head.

For all the pocket details, specs, and colors, check out the Pocket Portfolio here.

Click here for Liz Hogan’s guide to stringing your mesh pocket.