We picked 10 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!

Rebirth of an old head    Submitted by Jim

This was my first time pinching and stringing a head, and I decided to use my old Brine Edge Aero, a very wide stick that I haven't used in a couple of years. I found that a good way to pinch your head is to tie strings around the parts you want to pinch. Don't tie it as tight as you want the head pinched. Then twist a small pencil around the string and turn it like you are winding up a music box or something until the pinch is as tight as you want it. Tie the pencil in place. Then, fill a large pot with hot water from the tap. Turn our burner on the stove up high and leave your stick in it until the water boils. Once it boils, leave your stick in it for 15 minutes, OFF THE STOVE. Then put it in the freezer for 24 hours with the pencils and string still on it. This is also the first stringing job I've ever done. I decided not to use the instructions so I wouldn't be limited to what I strung it like. The picture of the Brine Edge with the brick wall behind it is what the head looked like before I pinched it and strung it up.

Did you say Gorilla Snot?    Submitted by Dan from Libertyville, IL

Hey I love your site. Anyways I have a great idea to put grip on your stick. My friend who plays guitar uses this stuff called Gorilla Snot which puts grip on your fingers to keep the pick from slipping out. Gorilla snot is cheap too. At my local music store and on Google it costs $3.99. All you have to do is put some in your fingers and then rub it on your shaft and/or your tape or wherever you want grip.

Custom Guru Stringing: Shwami Style    Submitted by Chris

I came up with an innovative guru pocket. I wove a leather through the top mesh row and covered it with some hockey lace. I connected the leather to the top using the coil method. The coils dictate on how it throws. The more coils, the more whip. The pocket has great hold and a super nice looking pocket that will have all the ladies on the block asking for your digits son!

Straight 8    Submitted by Jeremy

Here's a stick I strung with 8 leathers. It's a perfect pocket with 4 more leathers than you would normally use. It throws pretty good. It has pretty good hold, mainly because the leathers wrap around the ball so it doesn't move at all.

Pleather Pocket     Submitted by kyle

I love the site. I don't know if anyone has tried this before. I always assume someone, somewhere has. Anyway I strung up a traditional 4 leather pita pocket just like normal, except as you'll notice, I used some actual leather cording as the crosse lace. It has remarkable hold and yet a smooth release. It breaks in perfectly and it looks sweet. It's only my second custom pocket ever. I was thinking about calling it the "pleather pocket" the p from pita and leather for the cross lace.


It's All U    Submitted by Chris

Someone sent in a way to get all the whip out of a stick in the XIV issue called the Whipwhacker. It was a combination of one nylon and two U shooting strings. I put that into my stick but I wanted a smoother release. So, in between the nylon and first U, I put a shooting string and in between the first and second u I put another. There is no whip and you can barely feel the ball leave the stick.

Practice your shooters    Submitted by Charlie

For those of you that are horrible at stringing shooters,beacause loose mesh muddles you up, have no fear, use a tennis raquet! They are tightly strung and big. It's easy to learn with lots of space to practice. It should have you stinging shooters like a pro in no time!

The Black Hole    Submitted by Reed

I call this the Black Hole because the giant bag formed by the sidewalls gives up almost no rebounds.


A Total Hybrid    Submitted by Sami

I just want to say that this is the best lacrosse website I have been to and has really helped me start stringing custom pockets. I just strung this stick and it throws very well. It has a lot of elements of other stringing styles in it but is a little different. I like it a lot and I just want to put it out there.


The Knew pocket    Submitted by Ty

I first made this pocket to salute all of the McCool pockets. I call it the Knew pocket.


Thanks to all for participating. Keep sending your tips and we'll pick some more in a few months! Send them to john@tonabricks.com! Please include your name and a permanent e-mail address. Winners, please contact us if we miss you. Some e-mails cannot be returned to the addresses given to us.

April, 2006


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