Go to lacrosse unlimited tell them your daughters skill level. Some stick heads are too advanced for beginners but the stick head does make a difference trust me. My daughter used her first stick head for about three years a beginner one then gradually advanced to a collegiate level head her sophmore year if high school that she has been using. She will now graduate this year and her college coach will issue her a new stick geared toward her position. So to answer your question the stick does make a difference BIG TIME