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A long stick handle helps increase a defender's effective range.
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A standard lacrosse stick's two part construction lets you choose a custom combination of stick head and handle that fits your playing style. Once a head and shaft have been attached for a while, it may take some force to get them apart even after you remove their anchoring screws. Once you attach a new handle to an old head, you're ready to go, but if you switch to a new head you'll need to break in the pocket before your next game or practice.1.
Buy a replacement head or handle made by the same manufacturer to ensure that it will mesh with your existing stick.2.
Remove all screws where the stick shaft connects to the head using a Phillips head screwdriver. Add the screws to your stick repair supplies, as most sticks use a standard screw.3.
Hold the head of the stick between your feet for leverage, then pull up to separate the head from the handle.4.
Spray an oil lubricant on the area where the shaft and head connect if you have trouble pulling the head off.5.
Attach the replacement head or handle to the existing stick component.6.
Line up the head so it's flush to the shaft.7.
Affix all screws to secure the stick shaft and head in place.8.
Break in the pocket on your replacement head by hitting it with a pocket pounder device, or by throwing a ball into the mesh at least fifty times.
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Replacement head or handle
- Spray oil lubricant
- Pocket pounder
- Check your warranty before buying a replacement head or handle for a broken stick. Some companies offer free replacement if your stick breaks within a certain timeframe after purchase.