We picked 10 reader tips for publication this month! And we're giving the authors E-Lacrosse Rage III 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!
Starch out that whip Submitted by Darrell
I have been stringing sticks (both mesh and custom/traditional) for three years now and have learned a lot from your website. A good tip that I have learned for custom/traditional sticks is that a lot of whip on shots causes the ball to get lodged on the shooting strings and all the strings to get bunched up at the top. A good thing to do is to go get some starch (in a spray can) and spray it on all of the strings when the pocket is perfect. Then let it sit overnight. The next day throw with it. It will get a little softer. Then apply a second coat of starch. You won't have that problem when you shoot anymore.
Torpedo/traditional hybrid Submitted by Tom
This is a Torpedo pocket/traditional hybrid. I did traditional sidewalls, but then put 2 nylons where the two outer leathers should be and pulled them tight. The two tight nylons channel the ball a little bit more and to help eliminate rattle. I did one tight top string and another v- string at the bottom.
Street Corner Submitted by Matt
Here is a dye job I did on my aftershock. Its blue, green, redish pink, and black. It also has a corner pocket variation in it. Matt
Torpedo/traditional hybrid Submitted by Brian from Emmaus, PA
Bottom line - great Site. I learned this way to soften and break in new hard mesh about six months ago at a clinic and have been using it since. I've made some adjustments to perfect it because when I got home I just remembered the concept. I don't see it any where and seeing that it is a sure thing I'd like to share it. Place shaving cream all over the mesh on the inside and out. Use an unscented shaving cream unless you want your head to smell quite funky for a 1 week or 2. Place the head on a towel face-down. Leave it overnight or for like 14-15 hours. When the time is over, wash the shaving off with warm water in a sink. Throw with the head for at least 20 minutes right after washing off the shaving cream. This can be done with or without the shooters.
Righteous Truth Submitted by A.R. from Reno, NV
I dyed this Brine Truth head using royal and orange RIT dye. I used electrical tape and heat to keep the design (thanks for the tips). I actually played all summer in men's league with this thing and it held up great. Everyone said they hated micro-mesh so I figured I'd try it. It strung up okay, but not perfect. The pocket feels like it has never broken in although the ball does have a nest. It comes out fast but also rattles.
Finally! A good use for a baseball Submitted by Tony
I've been playing for about five years now and have been working on sticks ever since I started playing. I have a good tip for when you pinch a stick. When you want to pinch a stick that has a wide scoop and a thin bottom just put a baseball at the bottom. Baseballs are slightly bigger than lacrosse balls so your pinch won't be illegal. Your site rocks.
360 shooter Submitted by Hans
This is a pocket I came up with just messing around. I play attack and have found that the unique shooting strings give you unlimited customization of the whip on your head.
While I'm not sure of the legality of the lowest shooting string, it gives a more defined pocket with excellent ball retention. The smaller pocket also allows for better snap shots and quick releases.
big word / trakker pocket Submitted by Andrew
Twisted up Submitted by
This is the first stick I have strung. I have only been playing for a year. I have been a reader of stick tech for about 6 months now and I took ideas from other people and put them together.
Goalie Hybrid Submitted by Kevin
I used a regular monster mesh from a regular stick and did some custom stringing to fit it into an eclipse goalie head. It works pretty well with a slight rebound but holds and shoots like an attack stick.
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