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Stick Tech Workshop - ReADeR TIPS!

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!

Hard Mesh Rippers    Submitted by Billy Bob from Boston

I just wanted to say that your website is amazing! To start it off I am 15 from Boston, MA. I strung a couple of sticks for me, my lil bro and my boys.

The Kentucky Snow Plow    Submitted by Ryan

Tequila Sunset    Submitted by Ben

I have been looking at your web site for a few years and it has given me some great ideas. I took the idea of the Tequila Sunrise and made Tequila Sunset! I hope to get some ideas from your site in the future.


A Better Whip    Submitted by Ryan from Hood River

I was check n' out this site (which changed my life) and thought my head would be of some sort of assistance. A way better way to get whip is. . .

1. Tighten top string.
2. Use 2 separate laces to make a u shape(seen in picture).
3. Tighten those laces so it will be supra accurate and whippy. You'll love it for underhand shots!

Also I have a friend whose dad works for DaKine so he has a lot of materials. One is 1 quarter inch elastic. Buy this and put it as your sidewall string and end string. I don't know what it's called but remember not to put them to tight, other wise they won't serve a purpose. Catching is smoother than ever, and facing off is a breeze if you clamp.

Tough actin' Tinactin    Submitted by Trevor from San Francisco

I have found the answer to the age old problem of stinky lacrosse gloves. Tough actin' Tinactin. After practice or games, just spray the inside, and palm of your gloves with Tinactin, and the smell will go away.

Custom Deuce     Submitted by Chase from west CA

I strung this STX deuce head "x" style after seeing something like it on your great website. I put it on deuce after dying it [supposed to be] forest green and [supposed to be] gold but evidently RIT dye does not do gold too well and it turned out mustard yellow-ish. I also found out that 80% of the time your head wont come out the way you imagined it would, [use this head as an example!] as you can see the green is more olive than forest green like I wanted it. But back to the stringing job. After throwing with it for a while I have determined that it had decent hold but way to much whip! Maybe I should have held off putting that nylon below my one shooter. The head also seamed to give you little warning on how hard you are passing and shooting. By that I mean you could not feel when the ball released from your stick. I hope my guinea pig experiment of this string job helps in some way.

Helix Corner Pocket with a saddle!    Submitted by Tom

All That Chaz    Submitted by Chaz

These are just a few sticks that I have died. It would be awesome if these were posted on the web page. A good tip for beginning dyers is to have a design already thought out in your head before you begin doing anything.

Straight-up Grunk    Submitted by Ben

This is the first dye job I did. I just recently restrung it with the Grunk pocket, only I forgot to twist the strings leading to the center. Also I attached the leathers to the top wall, instead of the head. This gives it a much smoother release. Hey can you help me with the dying. I taped the middle, but the dye still bled through. I've tried electrical tape and duct tape. Both types bled somewhat. I absolutely love this site. It rocks.

Popsicle Twist    Submitted by Bill

I have been stringing for a couple of months, I strung my Brine Cyber with hype no.2 and it was pretty sweet, but the cross lace frayed because there is no sidewall. I also pimped out my beginner head. First I pinched it. Now I discovered a way to make tying it up a lot easier, instead of messing with clamps and stuff just get your string ready and use a Popsicle stick or some other kind of stick and twist it through the strings until it is pinched to your desire and either tie it to the side or just stick it in one of the holes on the side. Look at the pictures if you're confused. Then I died the head loosely following the directions for Tequila Sunrise (dye contest winner for 2002). Now the insides were originally the same design as the outside except orange and white, but when I did the black dye, the dye leaked through the duct tape I used to keep the inside how I liked it. So the inside was all blotchy with black dye and at first I was going to leave it like it, but then I remembered my rotary tool. I took the sanding attachment and sanded the inside of it until it was nice and creamy white again. It may have slightly weakened the head but as I don't plan to take this head on the field anyway, who cares.

So then I strung it up with the strings I had dyed and with what I believe is a custom pocket. It is a mix between the Mesh-X, Traditional, and Dog Track pockets. I used the coils from the mesh-X to drive the ball to the center, the traditional piece to make a loose pocket, and the Dog Track middle twist to give the ball a line to run down. I used sidewall for the coils to make them even stiffer. It has incredible hold, catches great, and throws the most accurately of any rig I've tried so far.

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, 2007

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