Greetings. Considering purchasing a monopod. I mostly shoot sports - soccer, surfing, lacrosse, etc. Just wondering if a ball head is necessary. My thought is to just mount to to top of monopod as I move about and would use the monopod basically for support. Your though and advice are appreciated. John
I have used a gimbal head on a monopod for wildlife for several years. Mine weighs a little under 4 lbs and I use it with a nikon d750 and 200-500 lens. My first monopod was not a quality one and the top mount screw sheared off. The strap around my neck saved camera and lens. I got a better monopod (mine is a promaster) and have had no problem since.
Manfrotto 393 Heavy Telephoto Lens Support for Monopod. It has 2 "U" shaped sections inner and outter. For my use mounting the lens on long plate allows balance adjustment for various lenses. i have several plates to allow quick change of lens in use. Online adds show use with inner "U" inverted. I use it with the "U"'s in the upright position providing better control.