This fall we received the new Warrior Revo 3X and the new Brine Clutch III X from Warrior and Brine respectively. Dan Kelly reviewed and tested the Warrior Revo 3X this past week, you can read his review here. I reviewed and tested the Brine Clutch III X. Here are my thoughts on this new head from Brine.
The first thing I noticed about the Clutch III was the stiffness. I remember older versions of the Clutch being soft and flimsy. The new Clutch III was none of those. The reason for the stiffness is the Core-Tech sidewall design which strategically carves out weight without sacrificing stiffness for fast and powerful shots, according to Brine. The Clutch III also being an X head means it has a little bigger face. According to Brine, “the head was redesigned and has a revamped face shape that strengthens the amount of hold in your pocket.” I am a big fan of the X shape heads. I feel like the NFHS heads over time begin to become illegal and the X6 heads are too pinched and the ball never comes out. The X shape heads for the most part keep their shape and usually never become illegal. The new Clutch III has the option of having multiple colors injected into the head. The head we reviewed was an all white head with black inserts on the scoop of the head and the Brine King logo was black on the throat of the head. Their are versions of the new Clutch III with multi color side walls and inserts on the scoop. It is a great way to customize your head or match it to your team colors. The head was multiple holes on the sidewall for stringing the pocket to your preference. I decided to string a traditional pita pocket in the Clutch III. The pocket itself came out pretty good, I have tried to string traditional pockets in the past with verified success. When I played wall ball with this pocket it performed well. The shape of the redesigned Clutch III I believe helps the pocket. It would be interested how a mesh pocket would perform in the head.
The new Brine Clutch III X is a great lacrosse head. As a midfielder the head is great complement to the position. It has a smooth release and is good on ground balls. The redesigned head also makes it easy to catch passes. The stiffness of the new Clutch III X also helps when playing defense on opposing midfielders. According to Brine, “ the Clutch III is designed for the offensive player.” I can see the Clutch III being for the offensive minded player. The little subtle design changes in the shape and stiffness make it a more offensive head. It is definitely a head you will see this spring used by the top attackman and midfielders in the college game. The new Brine Clutch III X is a great head and we at NE Lax Blog highly recommend it.