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!
Soft Pinch Submitted by Jack from Pittsburgh
I have discovered a new way to pinch or bake your head. It is a longer method than others but has much less risk of damaging the head. It can be done overnight, so it's not too bad. In some cases you may have to leave it longer. Take your head and use string or a belt or whatever to pinch it to the desired width or more narrow than you want it to be actually. Find a warm place in your house; under a light or near a heater, and just leave it there for however long you choose. It works better the longer you leave it.
Lever de soleil De Tequila Submitted by Kamil from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I go on this website about everyday looking at all the cool stuff and I thought it would be pretty cool to contribute with something of my own. My brother Ryan and I dyed this stick a while back following the instructions for the tequila sunrise. A while later I figured I had seen enough custom pockets to make one of my own. You've probably seen ones close to it but here it is.
ELX-1 Submitted by Tom
I would just like to tell u guys how much I love your site. I have learned all I know from here and I would just like to show my very first attempt at a string job. I strung the ELX-1 pocket and I think it is not bad. It throws well and I like it. Here it is.
Great 1st Dye Submitted by CV
This was the first time I have ever dyed a head.
Updated Woodie Submitted by Alex from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I love the site, and I learned alot from it and the Lacrosse Forums, which I currently mod... but that's another story. Anyways, what does a guy do on a Sunday bored out of his mind? He strings! I found this woodie in my basement and decided to get a little creative, so I made a sidewall out of string where catgut would normally go. I then made a corner pocketish thing. It shoots great for a tupperware stick, let alone a woodie. And I named it the Seal Hunter, a tribute to the stereotypes of my country.
The Pita Word Submitted by Chris
I've been stringing for years and came to your site a few weeks ago. It's awesome by the way. According to your site this is combination of the word and a pita. It throws amazingly with just the right amount of whip for those overhand rockets.
The Cowichan Channel Submitted by
I'm 13 years old and I am one of the best stringers in the Cowichan Valley area. Here's a stick I use for Box and Field.
Stuffed Shooters Submitted by Mike from Towson, Md
I've been playing for about 6 or 7 years and over time I've come to the conclusion that I LOVE WHIP! And if you're like me you'll do anything you can to get whip in your stick. I've tried everything from having the softest mesh around, having no shooters, or even putting the pocket so high you can hardly cradle. But what I've found out works best is to stuff your hockey lace shooters with pipe cleaners. You must have very long pipe cleaners. You can buy these at your local craft store, but you probably have them lying around your house. First, cut the tip of your lace, and burn it with a lighter just so that the ends don't fray. Don't burn it to much or you won't have an opening. You then simply move the pipe cleaner through the lace until it is all the way through. String your shooter with the interlacing shooter method like a factory strung head. Once you finish stringing it you'll have that incredible whip and hold you wanted. Keep up the good work on the website. It's helped me so much.
Wax Job Submitted by
First off I just want to say that this site is the best. I love lacrosse and love lacrosse stringing. I have been stringing and pinching for a year now and I have always used this website. I have a few tips. One tip is if your tape is always peeling off your stick, try rubbing wax from a candle on it. This will stop the peeling and rolling of the tape. Also, if you want your dye job to come out more clearly, just put the head in boiling water for about a minute. Be careful not to bend the head because it will get stuck like that. After you boil the stick for about a minute run it under cold water then dry it off. I don't know what it does but it works. The dye will come out more bright but wont change the color. Another small note is for all of the young goalies (I am 14), even though you see pro and NCAA goalies with real goalie shafts, it is better to use a regular shaft until you are older. It gives you more control and quicker reaction time.
Double Shooter Submitted by
Byron from NY
I have an idea for shooting strings. If you weave a nylon shooting string and THEN weave a hockey lace shooting string over it, keeping it straight and flat it will give you the best of both worlds between weaved and rolled shooting strings.
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