We picked 9 reader tips for publication this month! And we're giving the authors E-Lacrosse Rage II, Stringing or Dying DVDs! WARNING: Ovens, lighters, matches, knives, and other tools called for in this tips section can be dangerous when not properly used. If you intend on trying any of these tips at home, you must tell your parents exactly what your plans are before proceding. Improper use of some of the tools suggested can result in cutting, burning or staining yourself or your family's property. So ask FIRST, and be careful!
Reverse Corner Pocket with a Pita Twist Submitted by Sam of NY
I have an extra head which I have to just mess around with and I was thinking about putting turtle pocket on it but I didn't feel like doing all the loops on the sidewalls. Also, I was getting bored of putting corner pockets on my sticks. I liked parts of both so I put them together. This is what I came up with. It has great hold and the channel makes it really accurate. I'm not sure if I'm the first person to do this... But if I am I call it the "Reverse Corner Pocket with a Pita Twist."
Hard Boiled Lacrosse Heads Submitted by Taylor
I am a 13 year old Canadian, and I am a big fan of e-lacrosse. I do a lot of work on sticks and have a little business stringing, pinching, and dyeing sticks. I also worked for Brine Lacrosse during the Ontario Lacrosse Festival (Provincial Championships & Peewee Nationals) last summer. The way I pinch sticks is very innovative and I thought I would share it. BOIL THEM! I pinch all my sticks in a large stock pot filled with boiling water. If you do this you don't burn the stick and it stays pinched. All you need to do is pinch the stick to whatever tightness you wish and hold it in place with a length of wire from a coat hanger. You can cut it with wire cutters and be careful of the sharp ends. Stick it from through opposite sidewall holes on each side and bend the ends. You can use string too. Once the water is boiled, put the head in. For weaker heads leave it in 6-7 minutes. For stronger heads 8-9 may be needed. Once you are finished, put the head into a bucket of cold water or fill your sink up or just spray it down with a hose. Leave whatever you are using to hold it pinched in place for a couple of minutes until the head is back to room temperature.
Alternative to bottom holes Submitted by Ed
First off I would like to say I love the site. I have a tip to make a trad 4 leather pocket in a P2 I think I'm the first to do this. I strung a sidewall string directly across on the bottom holes. Then I connected the outer leathers to the sidewall.
Davis Dog Mesh Submitted by Jack
This is like a Davis Dog pocket from rock-it pocket but mine uses mesh instead of leather.
Dyeing isn't just "a guy thing" Submitted by Alex from Brentwood, Tennessee
This is my custom Tantrum by Warrior. I can only remember seeing maybe one women's' stick ever featured on e-lacrosse (which is an outstanding site, by the way), so I figured I'd send mine in. Dyeing isn't just "a guy thing" anymore. I couldn't have done it without e-lacrosse!
Look Mom, No Leathers! Submitted by James of Arlington, VA
I strung this one night when I was watching TV. I started out like a traditional stringing with the leathers, but I decided to have no sidewall strings. As I progressed through the stringing I thought "what would happen if I took out the two outside leathers". And that's were it began. I loosened the strings and it came out with a fairly nice pocket.
Clip it, and get back to it later Submitted by Patrick
I string a lot, and do a lot of different kinds of stringing. Sometimes when doing really hard stuff or just wanting to take a break, you need a way to stop your work. Well, I put a few clothespins or tough black paper clips on the tip of my stick. So if I want to string a little and take a break, or make my pockets as symmetrical as possible, I can clip the part I was working on so it won't loosen up or unthread itself.
Keep it Hot! Submitted by
Here's a tip for those who like to dye their sticks. When you dye the head, keep the burner on. This keeps the dye hot. When you finish dying the head will have a much fuller color. If you don't like how dark the head is, boil some water and soak the head for 15-20 minutes, almost like pinching a head. This removes some of the dye and makes it a little lighter.
Twisted Turtle Submitted by Anthony from NC
First off I love the site. It's my homepage and I check it almost every day. Secondly I have a great tip for all of you lax players that just can't seem to get a good pocket in your stick. The easiest and most effective way to get stubborn mesh to break in, besides pounding it a ton, is to put the ball under a screw driver so tight that it looks like the pocket will be illegal. Don't worry. The pocket will bounce back enough for it to be legal. Leave it there for a few days or until you think the stick has a nice pocket in it.
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