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Responses to the Mesh-X pocket have been great! This month we'll string the traditional cousin of the Mesh-X, the X-Pocket! E-Lacrosse's Van O'Banion will show you how to string the X-Pocket step by step, but always remember, you can order this pocket or any pocket seen here strung in any head from E-Lacrosse! The X-Pocket shares the revolutionary sidewall design and symmetrical coils with the Mesh-X and features an innovative channel created by the loosely strung X-like suspension pattern between the middle leathers. This pocket combines serious ball control with the free and loose release of a traditional pocket. It just rocks on this deBeer Phantom!

String needed:

  • 4 Leathers (Brown or white)
  • Long Length of Nylon
  • 3 Hockey Laces
  • 2 Sidewall strings

String-O-Meter rating:

Prepare your materials
  1. Stretch the leathers

Step 1: Leathers

Run the leathers through the top and bottom of the head (as shown) pull firmly.

Starting with the top hole pull the sidewall length through. Continue to weave the sidewall through, in a similar fashion, down the stick.

Step 2: Sidewalls

Pull the sidewall so it rests firmly against the head and tie a knot.

Repeat this process on the opposite edge of the head, If you need help mimic the one you have already done.

Pull each sidewall tight and tie a strong knot.

Cut the end of the string at about a finger length.

Step 3: Coils

Last month for the Mesh X Pocket I showed you how to do a coil. Start with the same hole you used for the sidewall string. Pull the nylon through pull the string down to the sidewall go underneath the sidewall and wrap around. Pull to the leather. Wrap around and do nine coils before moving down to repeat the process. The last row of coils should have only 7 coils to provide a tapered effect.

Repeat the coil process down one half of the head. Remember to tighten the string firmly.

Repeat this process down the second side of the head. Symmetry is important so the two sides should be identical.

Step 4: Nylon

Run the nylon through the same hole you used for starting the sidewall and through the top of the first leather as shown.

Loop it around the second leather. This is just traditional on these two rows. Remember to wrap the nylon around and through the hole created by the coil as you go around the first leather each time.

Repeat this on the other side of the head.

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Step 5: Middle Row

You may use any variation you like to join and support the top row, but I chose to do a Y shape with coils. I feel that works best. Pull each side through the hole created by the traditional stinging.

Forming X shapes down the center of the head, create a channel by stringing this area looser than the traditional stringing between the outer leathers. The pocket should achieve a symmetry of tightness as you tie your knots and while breaking it in.

Pull the nylon through the precut holes at the bottom of the head and tie them off, pulling firmly. I used a ruler and a ball but a pocket screw will work best.

Step 6: Shooting Strings

Put in three shooting strings. You can use one less or one more to suit your preference and depending on the head you are stringing. The top shooter should be a little tighter than all of the rest. This will give you the proper amount of whip.

Adjust to taste.

Strap it on a pole and see how much better it is than a traditional pocket!

The "Homegrown",


will be featured soon!


Each pocket design found in the Stick Tech Workshop will be assigned a String-O-Meter rating. This is just a relative measure of how difficult it is to string the sticks.

EASY - This refers mainly to mesh pockets and those for the novice and first time stringer.
MEDIUM - This refers to sticks such as the six and eight diamond stringings from August. The designs aren't too tough, but require some concentration and time.
DIFFICULT - This refers to sticks like THE "Dog Track" in September. These sticks are usually variations from the basic traditional pocket.
ADVANCED - This refers to sticks that take more time and careful attention to string properly. Overall stringing capability and ability to tie more complicated knots are usually needed to string a pocket reading 4 on the String-O-Meter.