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The Perfect Corner Submitted by Josh from Connecticut
After playing religiously with corner pockets for most of my life, I am quite used to being able to adjust a stick to my liking in terms of whip and release. My trick with getting a nice pocket with great hold that didn't have a lot of whip was the following. String the corner pocket with 3 shooting laces, so that the pocket is about an inch under the bottom shooting lace. String the gut stringing tight in the area where the laces go.
This will help to create a higher pocket with great hold, but will have a lot of whip. With the laces, string them very tight between the sidewall and the leather, but leave them looser over the mesh, and adjust so the release is to your liking, I go from loose low to tight on top to have a crisp release of the top shooting lace. This will create a smooth release, that won't have to much whip because the shooters over the mesh are somewhat loose, yet the hold will be great because the upper part of the stick is strung rather tight. If your stick has to much whip, pound out the shooting laces, or loosen them up a bit. You will still have the hold with less whip. This pocket has great ball feel as well.
Deep Clean Submitted by
When cleaning a head to get it ready to dye, make sure clean out those deep scratches on the underside of the scoop or else the dirt inside those scratches will mess up your dye. A good way to get those scratches out is rubbing it with some sandpaper or even using a steel wool pad, the kind that have the soap mixed in. Those work really well.
The Drob Pocket
Submitted by Bryan
I created this pocket two years ago. Almost everybody on my team has my Drob Pocket or a pocket strung by me. I'm the team's stick doctor. To make the pocket you will need:
Strip of mesh(any type of mesh will work)
2 sidewall strings
2 five to six feet of nylon string
String at bottom of the mesh to the bottom holes(like on a normal mesh pocket)
Then follow these basic instructions to pattern the nylon:
1) Loop the string around hole in mesh.
2) Loop the string around sidewall string.
3) Loop the string around the part between the vertical string and the mesh.
4) And continue...
HINT-string the 2 nylon strings fairly tight, loosen if needed later.
Submitted by Evan
I don't know if this is really that unique, but I just sort of came to this design through a lot of trial and error. I was having some trouble getting hockey lace to create a smooth inverted U to get some better hold on the ball, and the mesh wouldn't form to my liking. So eventually I just threw to leathers onto the outsides and created a sort of molded corner pocket with it. I call it the Corner-Seam, because the way the leathers are shaped kinda reminds me of a baseball. This stick has incredible hold, perfect for my position: attack. Shooting has pretty good accuracy, nothing less than pinpoint as the leathers channel the ball into the shooting strings. Instead of an inverted u catching the ball against its self before sending the ball into the shooters or an inverted v forcing the ball in a certain direction, the leathers sort of settle or direct the ball onto the correct path and let it smoothly roll onto the shooters and propel straight off of the ramp the four shooting strings create. So there is good hold, good accuracy and power, and this stick just plain works for me. So far I can dodge through loads of defenders and not worry about an errant cradle popping the ball out since it settles nicely into a well molded pocket, thanks to two shaping leathers. This hybrid job has excellent feel. You know when the ball pops out, and you feel that shot and know where it's going, how fast its going, and inevitably, how cool of a goal you just scored. It's great underhand, sidearm and overhand.
A Tasty Trio
Submitted by Chris
I love your site. Here are a bunch of my own designs.
Cradling Cup Submitted by Tom
I found a great way to string the bottom shooting string. It's too hard to explain so just use the picture. If you start at your top shooting string this can be done with either one string or two.
Torpedo hack Submitted by Alex from Maine
I just got into stringing maybe two years ago when I started stringing pita pockets. I made a few variations on it, such as alternating the passes of the nylons up the middle so the middle twist was perfectly in line with the leathers, and other small stuff, but I got tired of the pita entirely (and my leathers were getting old), so I decided to re-string.
I was going for a torpedo effect, but didn't want quite such a high maintenance pocket. My friend's required major tuning after 2 weeks and a drizzly game, so I decided to make a hardcore variation, which I guess you could call the torpedo hack. The differences include:
A. instead of leathers, I used super-thick shooting string nylons doubled up. Let me tell you, those are hard to fit through leather holes!
B. instead of the twists between the sidewall-side, would-be leathers and channel leathers, I used a normal design, though with a slightly modified double knot on the junctions of the channel.
D. I used crossed nylons going through the channel instead of doing a single twist as in the torpedo.
The end result was basically a hybrid of a rock-it pocket and a torpedo that ends up being as hard and consistent as a rock-it, but not nearly as heavy, and not quite as unforgiving as the torpedo. Because it is all nylon, it should also fare very well in wet weather, and I already know from testing and playing around that it is extremely easy to adjust the pocket depth between slight illegality and just legal enough to pass a check. Finally, an easy shooting string adjustment can determine the release almost to the degree. All in all, the pocket is extremely adjustable, but doesn't change its "settings" mid play without the player doing it manually. I hope that if you try it out you have as much fun as I'm having with it right now!
Tripped Out Triton Submitted by Ryan
First of all, I just want to say that your site is awesome. I've only been stringing and dying sticks for a little less than a year, and I learned everything I know from your website. Here's some pictures of my Triton that I recently dyed and strung. Keep up the great work!
Soft like butter knives Submitted by Alex
I love the site. Keep up the good work. After you dye your head, in order to get the glue off, leave it in ice water for 10-20 minutes. Then use a butter knife to rub the glue off instead of a razorblade. Less cuts and scratches makes a better overall look
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