Hard Lacrosse Mesh Overview
Hard mesh is like a fine wine that takes time to mature into a wonderful pocket. This mesh lasts too. If you look at college or pro players that use Hard Mesh you can even notice that throughout a season they will restring their stick with the same mesh, but different sidewall strings because the mesh outlasts the strings. I have even used Hard Mesh that outlasted the head I put it on, and had to transfer it to another stick.
Disadvantages to Hard Lacrosse Mesh
- While Hard Mesh does give a very consistent pocket, it does also have some disadvantages that can hinder the play of certain players.
- Hard Mesh not only takes time and patience to break in, but it also can not give players the control they desire. The harder your pocket, the less it will shift with the ball. This means that you will have a hard time naturally feeling where the ball is in your stick. Not knowing where exactly the ball is in your stick can mean low confidence in your ability and also misguided passes or shots because the ball was not sitting right in the pocket.
- Another disadvantage that Hard Mesh can have is that it can be difficult to string for a solid pocket and hard to handle the ball with if you are inexperienced. The rigidness of the mesh makes it difficult for players that don’t have a lot of skill to catch or pick up the ball because it doesn’t have the “give” that Soft Mesh does. This factors into who the mesh should be used by.
Advantages to Hard Lacrosse Mesh
- Hard Mesh is a piece of Mesh that should be used by players that have some experience with the game. This is because Hard Mesh takes some time to break in and also some skill to harness. Using Hard Mesh as an experienced player gives you an extremely consistent level of play and a long lasting piece of mesh that can survive elite levels of play.
- If you play in rain, snow, or varying weather you need Hard Mesh or some type of performance Mesh that will not be affected by the weather. Anyone that is playing Field Lacrosse should pick Hard Mesh over Soft Mesh if they think that they will be playing in poor conditions so that they can still be consistent.
- Players that are strong dodgers, feeders, outside shooters, and players that need consistency should pick Hard Mesh in order to perform at the highest level that they can.