Continuing from our previous post on the types of lacrosse mesh, I would like to go into detail on the types of goalie mesh. If you have not yet read the original article on the types of lacrosse mesh I recommend you read it first before continuing with this article.
Goalie Mesh Types
Like mesh for field heads, goalie mesh comes in many types. Goalie mesh is knitted in the same way as standard mesh with the exception that goalie mesh is far wider. On the market today there are about 5 commonly available goalie mesh styles. The most popular goalie mesh types are hard goalie mesh (17 diamond hard goalie mesh) and 12 diamond goalie mesh (monster goalie mesh).
How Lacrosse Goalie Mesh is Named
Goalie mesh, like field mesh, is named based on the maximum number of diamond in one row. Ex: 17 diamond hard mesh alternates between rows of 17 diamonds and 16 diamonds. 17 is the maximum number of diamonds in one row so we call it 17 diamond.
The Mesh Rebound Effect
One of the biggest factors when considering a goalie mesh is how much the mesh will rebound a shot. A goalie does not want the ball to bounce off his stick. Different mesh types have varying degrees of rebound. The general guideline is the few number of diamond the less the rebound. This is not a rule because a lot can go into determining how a goalie stick rebounds. A few factors include the goalie’s technique, how the sidewalls are strung, and the depth of the pocket.
Details on Goalie Mesh Types
The basic types of lacrosse mesh are below. Each style of mesh has also been categorized into what we will call a mesh family. Depending on the mesh family you will string the mesh differently.
Goalie Hard Mesh / 17 Diamond Hard Mesh – Standard Mesh
Goalie hard mesh is great for goalies of all ages but specifically younger goalies. Hard mesh allows a younger goalie to throw an accurate pass without the ball getting stuck in the pocket. The downside to goalie hard mesh is that it has a higher rebound factor than
Goalie Soft Mesh / 17 Diamond Soft Mesh – Standard Mesh
Same as standard hard mesh without the hard mesh coating. Soft mesh is raw nylon. The benefit of soft mesh is that it offers less rebound however. The downside of soft mesh is that it can have a very difficult release, especially for young goalies.
10 Diamond Goalie Mesh – Monster Mesh
This is the goalie equivalent to 5 diamond mesh for field heads. It is modestly popular amongst goalies. 10 diamond goalie mesh tends to have less rebound than the types of mesh with smaller diamond. While the decreased rebound is a plus, 10 diamond goalie mesh easily develops whip since the diamond are so large.
12 Diamond Goalie Mesh (Goalie Monster Mesh) – Monster Mesh
12 diamond goalie mesh is a very popular goalie mesh. It is the equivalent to 6 diamond field mesh. Most goalies either choose 12 diamond goalie mesh or goalie hard mesh. 12 diamond goalie is far more popular amongst older more developed players. This mesh offers a great compromise between minimal rebound and high pass quality.
14 Diamond Goalie Mesh - Monster Mesh
Equivalent to 7 diamond field mesh, 14 diamond goalie mesh offers a smaller diamond than 12 diamond mesh. This is a great choice for goalies who are looking for something between goalie hard mesh and 12 diamond goalie mesh.
Lacrosse Mesh Families
The styles of lacrosse mesh can be classified into three main mesh families. A mesh family makes is easy for a stringer to string many different types of mesh using the same basic techniques.
Standard goalie mesh is strung using the same techniques as standard field mesh.
Monster goalie mesh is strung using the same techniques as monster field mesh.