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Reader Questions Answered

July, 2000

Which is better for dyeing goalie mesh: RIT die or spray paint?
The dye won't really change the feel of the mesh. If you want the mesh to get hard, then use the spray paint. The more you use, the harder it will be.

I am new to lacrosse. I've just joined a club team at my college. The problem is that I don't have a clue what to buy - as far as products go. Since there are no shops in my state that sell lacrosse gear, I've got to go online. Any suggestions. - Randy
We recommend buying from our sponsor and the top retailer, Lax World. There are other great products and combinations but an adult beginner can't go wrong with a hard mesh Proton on a deBeer Triax handle, deBeer Armadillo gloves and Brine Gel Armor system pads. Throw in a Cascade or PLH2000 helmet and you are set. Be prepared to lay out 500 bucks for all this stuff.

I need help. I used RIT dye to dye my STX Turbo, which I wanted 1/3 red, 1/3 white, and 1/3 blue if you really care. And now I have a very ugly head with many imperfections. I also have a red kitchen sink. My parents are kinda mad. Is there anyway I can get the red off of the sink, and more importantly, off of my head so I can start over and try again? Or did I just throw away a perfectly good head? - Nick Leone of San Francisco, Ca
You've never destroyed a stick with a dye, because black is always a cool color for a head and can cover any mistake. The sink can be cleaned with soft scrub or with the RIT dye remover. You can even try it on the head and might like the faded red white and blue result.

When throwing, do you want the ball to go off of the plastic or strings? When I throw it goes off the plastic, even though I have three tight shooting strings. My friends have said you want to throw off the strings. -Benny
Your top shooting string is too loose or too low. Tighten it up and then adjust everything else accordingly. If this leaves you without a deep enough pocket, make the pocket deep lower than the shooters and tighten or loosen the lower two shooters to transition smoothly to the top string for release.

I have recently purchased a pair of warrior vector gloves and the ball rattles much more than when I had an older, more broken in pair. Do I just need to loosen my gloves and give them time to break in? - David
Unfortunately, you have to break them in. For those of you that don't want to break in new gloves, try the deBeer gloves. We love them and they require very little break-in time.

Hi I was wondering if you have heard of Tintax dye and if so does it work on lacrosse heads? - Kevin from Maryland

The same as RIT

We have found that CVS and a few other drug store chains in the Maryland and Washington DC areas have begun to carry Tintex and not RIT. It works the same for dying sticks, so resume dying!

First, I just wanted to say that this is the coolest column ever. I like to play around with different sticks and types of pockets but heads are too expensive to get a new one whenever I want it. Is there a way I could just get the heads you guys have tested for a cheaper price than the new ones would be? And what do you think the big thing is going to be in the near future? Do you think the Powell Pocket will be around or will somthing new take over? - Ben
Thanks Ben! We sometimes give the sticks we review or use for stringing columns away as prizes in contests, but we never sell them. They are also a favorite perk of the interns around here. The next big thing is whatever you guys start using. We think it's the STX Proton, Brine Edge Warp, the deBeer triax shaft and our new E-Lacrosse logo clothing which will debut soon! Custom stringing is definately the rage right now. Hard mesh is coming on strong. The Warrior "Powell pocket", first seen on sticks in Baltimore before Casey's birth, will move over for some other fad pocket, probably seen on the next college phenom or perhaps here on e-lacrosse. The Revolving Doerr is hugely popular and variations are popping up everywhere. Dog-track is catching on as well. We get about twenty requests a week asking for us to explain how to string the Rock-it Pocket, so its staying very hot.

I've been playing long stick for about two years now and I went looking for a titanium D shaft. I noticed that Brine, Warrior and STX all have titanium but at a difference in prices. What I want to know is, if there is any difference in strength or weight? Should I buy the most expensive because it is the best or would I just be paying for the name? - Rich Lake
Titanium does vary in composition and strength and poles do vary in thickness. So yes, they are all a little different and are often priced accordingly. The truth is that titanium is overkill. The advent of the titanium shaft just raised the price of competing, but fortunately the lates alloys and shafts like the STX Prolyte and deBeer Cryogenic have brought the price back down. Even though the alloy shafts on the market are strong and light, they sometimes break or bend. But so do the 200 dollar titaniums, by the way. If your playing with an attack shaft, most players we know have used the same one for years and they all have different ones so just pick what you like and can afford. If you are set on Titanium, check out the Brine Powergrip.

"What do you think of a lacrosse video game?" I have a lot of friends who would love to have this dream come true. I just want to know what others would think about this idea. - Blake
A major lacrossse manufacturer looked into retrofitting a hockey video game in association with the video game manufacturer to save on production costs and the result was still prohibitive. If every player of lacrosse today bought a copy of the game, it would cost about $100 each to make it a worthwhile venture. Maybe some wiz kid geniuses who just love the game will put in the hours to develop a lax video game and sell it on the web for cheap.

While I was looking at your Q and A's, I saw many people saying things about dying their sticks. What does that do? Also I have just started playing and I don't understand what a whip is or any other kind of stick or stringing terminology. Can you fill me in on all of this? - Kevin
Kevin, Welcome to the great game of lacrosse! Dying a stick is purely for decoration. Sometimes people dye their number on the stick so it could be for purposes of identification, but nothing at all that will help your game. A whip is the result of a pocket that does not form gradually enough down the stringing. A whip is evident when the ball ball goes down when thrown or shot overhand. You will feel the ball hitting a shooting string too hard on its way to the turf. If you shoot side arm, it gets really embarassing. Now some players choose to pull back on shots and use a whip to hold the ball, but eventually the better players have very little whip in their sticks and shoot very hard. A great pocket will be deep with a graduated set of shooting strings creating a smooth but step-like exit for the ball.

Check out my head that I made. I screwed up dying it and you saved me! -Oda

Thanks for all your questions? Keep them coming and we'll do a Q&A session every few months! Send them to john@tonabricks.com!

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