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Since the publishing of the Reader's Tips in April, hundreds more readers have sent us stick tech stringing, dyeing and general lacrosse tips. We're picking ten of them to share with everyone and giving the authors free E-Lacrosse TECH TEAM TANKS! We always award some honorable mentions, as well!
When using the glue gun method of dying heads be very careful if you are dying in a metal container. If you are careless and allow the head to touch the metal, the glue can melt. Metal conducts heat, and can ruin the design you were trying to create.
Matt Webster, Ohio
I have found a way to turn soft mesh into semi-hard mesh. The way you do this is easy. You just have to put alot of vaseline on the mesh in your head and let it dry overnight for a few nights. If you want to turn it soft again, soak it in vinegar for a few hours.
Ryan Bolsei, Syracuse
I discovered a very simple dyeing technique the other day. I was dyeing a head yellow, and it looked very pale while it was submerged. In an attempt to make the color darker, I sprinkled red dye into the water over the head.
When I took the head out I noticed that the front was red, and faded into yellow at the back. This technique looks good when used with another technique (i.e. glue gun). EJM
When stringing a traditional stick, loosen the inner leathers and keep the outer ones as tight as you normally would. String the stick as you would any other traditional stick. When you are done, the ball will be channeled between the two inner leathers and will shoot harder and more accurately.
When pinching a stick, I suggest that instead of baking or microwaving the head, leave it in a large pot of boiling water for a minute or two after tying a string around the sidewall as you normally would. Then remove and run under cold water until cool. Leave the string on for a while. This elimintes the risk of burning the plastic by getting it too close to the flame of the stove or leaving it too long in a microwave. There is also no risk of destroying expensive appliances this way.
A Microwave Casualty
If you use mesh, "dropping" the pocket is very helpful for cradling. To do this take the string that keeps the mesh on the head, near the stop, and loosen it. Then tie it back much looser so that the mesh pocket is deeper by about two or one and a half inches. To do this right you might also have to loosen the sidewall string a little bit. If this is all done right, the pocket will be VERY deep and the part that of the mesh that is connected to the string near the stop will form a sort of shelf that will keep the ball in a prime spot for cradling. Don't go too far. Stay legal.
I've been playing about a year now and I'm a perfectionist, so I spend hours on my pocket when it's not to my liking. I've found my favorite shooting string method to be 4 hockey laces, with a nylon underneath the top one. The nylon keeps the top stiff and prevents the ball from hitting the lip, while the hockey lace over it makes for a smooth release. I've used this combination on traditional and hard mesh. I also have an inverted v on the mesh and it works great.
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