Lacrosse Gear Review: Warrior Cobra X head

Focusing on stiffness and ball control, the Warrior Cobra X lacrosse head boasts a molded throat design. Its ultra-lightweight sidewall structure increases the firmness in the bottom section of the lacrosse head ensuring sturdiness. For better ball retention and handling, the head has been built with a raised ball stop.

This head includes a 2-tone color design for a very inidvidual look. This lacrosse head has been developed with attackers in mind. This head is approved for all leagues, it’s NCAA and NFHS compliant.

The good points

Very accurate

The tip of the head is pointy enough so I was able to string a good channel. The scoop is fairly bendy which could be because of the lightening efforts. When letting one rip, you may even sense a bit of flex. I found I had to really let it rip to feel it, but it is there.

Stiff lacrosse head

This lacrosse head is definitely stiff and that is a positive thing. I fitted it on Brine, Warrior and STX handles and it was stable and sturdy on each of them. At times heads can become wobbly when fitted to shafts from other manufacturers but it’s nice that this head does not. Hats off for being spot on on this Warrior. Warrior have made a concerted effort to further improve the rigidity of the whole lax head. The strengthened neck flows through to the sidewalls for added stability as well as concurrently reinforcing the throat.

Reverse flared sidewalls

One thing you will find about the Warrior Cobra x lacrosse head is that it doesn’t have a lot of pinch. But it’s of no concern. The reverse flared sidewalls perform as a superb substitute for pinching. I strung up a mid pocket out of habit, but the reverse flared side walls scream out for a high pocket. This, combined with the tip of the scoop and the offset, makes for a precise and hard shot. Attackers, you might want to take note of this.

Built for forwards

Forwards hear this, the Cobra X from Warrior is made for you. The flex, scoop, side wall flare and light-weight construction all point out one thing: goals. You will give yourself the very best opportunity to score with this lacrosse head. But if you are still not racking up the goals then it’s one less thing you will have to take a look at!

Things for Warrior to work on

A universal head, so some potential for warping

One thing to be aware of concerning the NCAA and NFHS compliant, or “universal”, or “all play” heads is that the side-walls have to stretch out from the throat and curve out to a 6.5inch scoop. When you’re conscious of this difference, you’ll be able to recognize these heads miles away. Nevertheless, catering to both group of sizing specifications means some limitations. The chance of your lax head bending, or “hourglassing” is increased due to the distinct bends on the sidewalls. This isn’t a critique aimed at the Cobra X lacrosse head from Warrior specifically, but more this type of lax head.

Raised ballstop, what’s with that?

I’ve got no idea exactly what the raised ball stop is for. STX have the identical structure in several of their heads and maybe Warrior are attempting to compete on this. Warrior claims “it’s to help prevent the ball from being knocked from the head”. Huh? It makes no sense! For the ball-stop to help with retention, the ball would need to go behind it and to do that you would need to string an ultra low pocket. Additionally, to sit the ball at the back of the ball stop, you would have to totally loosen up the bottom strings. In any case, as soon as you try this the ball won’t freely fall out if angled forward and your head will be illegal. The ball-stop would also play no part because once you cradle the ball it will probably sit higher in the pocket. That’s with any type of stringing. But the ball-stop has at least one thing going for it, it looks nice.

Hard for ground-balls

Your angle of approach to a ground-ball with this particular lacrosse head needs to be higher because of the lip behind the head. I have found that the top of the head raises off the surface because of the ridge behind and especially when you are getting low down right over the ball. When you get low and off center, you can’t scoop the ball up. Ground balls, mainly on turf, were unfortunately difficult to pick-up with this particular head.

Straight line ground balls were fine. But picking up ground-balls going across my path I had a bit of difficulty with. I noticed a couple of times it took two or three tries to scoop it up. Turf really generated the most difficulties. With the variability in the turf I found I had to get lower down so I would not dig in much, nevertheless the lower angle raised the top off the turf. I had virtually no difficulties on the artificial surfaces. My old Evo had the identical sort of top and results.

Summary

The Warrior Cobra X lacrosse head really delighted me. This lacrosse head has been constructed for a solitary position and I really like that Warrior were uncompromising about that. That position being goal scoring attackers. Aside from the queries I have with ground balls and the ball-stop, it fits the bill wonderfully as an attacking head.

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