Q& A BONUS
Reader Questions Answered
APRIL 2000

The opinions expressed and recommendations in Stick Science are those of the individual writers and readers and in no way represent endorsement or suggestions from E-Lacrosse. Many of the reader tips and stick science columns call for use of various items that could be dangerous if used improperly. Ovens, Microwave ovens, knives, scissors, lighters and other potentially dangerous tools used in stick baking, dying and stringing should always be used very carefully and with a parent's permission.

THE MUTANT
First off, I just want to say what an awesome site you guys have going. Keep it up! Can you post the directions on how to dye that e-lacrosse mutant stick? - Mike I really liked the Mutant E-Lacrosse stick design and was wondering if you had some instructions on how to dye a stick to make it look like that. - Billy
Can you tell me how you guys did the e-lacrosse mutant stick? How did you guys die that mutant stick? Its sick! - Brett
There are a few tricks to the Mutant stick that Pat Miller dyed for E-Lacrosse in 1999.
  • Tape off the parts you want to remain white first. Be sure to make a tight seal. It will have to last through many dyes.

  • Dye the whole head the lightest color and let it dry for at least ten minutes.

  • Using as many colors as you like, dip different edges and corners in the dyes for short periods of time until you like the shade.

  • To get the fade between colors, move the stick up and down a bit while its dipped in the dye. Otherwise you'll get straight lines between colors.




STRINGING SUPPLIES

Where can I get bulk stringing supplies? - Rick

I am a defenseman from Canton, NY; home of Tom Ryan, one of the phattest players alive. I need some help with stringing. I can never get enough string in a string kit to string my sticks how you guys show people how to. There is never enough in a regular string kit. so I was wondering where I could get a spool of string where i could order it or find it online but if you could help me I could get some stringing done. - Bill

All right. My problem is that I'm starting to do complex stringing, and a lot of it. I have no idea where I can get just a several hundred foot long string and a bunch of leathers and hockey strings, etc. - Todd
Great Questions! The E-Lacrosse Stringing shop has the basics like stringing packets and spools of the various types of string you need to do almost any stick. We will be adding some pretty outrageous stuff to the inventory pretty soon, so bookmark the page! You can also buy all the custom string jobs you see on E-Lacrosse on all of your favorite heads, so check it out!



STICK DYEING

I dont know where to find letter and number stickers. Do you know where I could buy them?
You can get them at most office supply stores and hardware stores. They are often called Vynyl lettering.


What is that Phat pocket that Liam Banks is playing with?
It is the new Brine Monster Mesh! Buy it from E-Lacrosse for only ten bucks! We'll string it for you for 25 and we have prepared custom Monster Mesh Stringing kits for 20.



I am about to dye one of my heads, but I have heard that dyeing a lacrosse head makes it weaker. Is this true. - Will
It doesn't make them stronger, but if it makes them weaker, its unnoticeable. That rumor is really based on the fact that once you dye the stick, a store or manufacturer is less likely to take it as a return, so if it does break, its all on you.




WIN THE BEST HELMET AVAILABLE!


I love your web site and all of the kick-ass ideas on it. I know from time to time you host dyeing contests. I have a great design which I'd like to submit in the future. I also noticed that to enter the last contest you had to send in a before and after of the head. The head I dyed is discontinued and I can't find a picture of it anywhere. Any help in answering these questions would be greatly appreciated. Andrew Peschong, President, University of St. Thomas Lacrosse Club
WHY NOT? Let's do another dyeing contest! E-Lacrosse will award an E-Lacrosse Columbia Fleece Vest and another Gary Gait strung and signed STX Octane from the first ten out of the mold. We have only 4 left! On June 15 (extended from May 15 - we don't have time to judge until then) we will choose the very best dye job in America and showcase the stick and it's designer right here on E-Lacrosse! Entries should include:
  • picture of the head in its pre dyed but prepared state (with stickers, glue or whatever)
  • picture(s) of the completed head for judging
  • description of how you did it, your concept and what you call the dye

Send your entries to john@tonabricks.com

The contest is for individual stringers and not for Lacrosse stores and kids who just buy a head at a store already dyed. Start now. Be careful.

And Andrew, don't worry about the before picture. Its not as important and won't void your entry. Just describe what you did in pretty good detail. GOOD LUCK ALL!




I heard there was a RAGE II out there. Is that true? - Thayer
Rage II will be out pretty soon. It's just as insane as Rage on the Cage and features music from Sony/Epic Records artists! To get on the mailing list for the release of the tape, send us an e-mail us a blank e-mail with "Rage 2" in the subject line.




I just bought a new shaft, and I taped some parts of it up, especially the end cap and the middle where I need that extra grip. But the tape keeps rubbing off. Is there anyway to prevent the tape from peeling off? Or should I just spend the time to retape it everynow and then? Also, are there any types of tape that works better than others? - Mark
Its all in the direction you tape the shaft. If you tape the shaft spiraling from top to bottom, as might seem logical, the tape edges will be exposed to your downward motion on the shaft and roll a bit. Taping from the bottom to the top will make the shaft smooth. Upward tight palm movement is rare, you'll find. Some players like that little bit of rolled tape from the top-to-bottom method as extra grip. Old and tattered tape is often a great grip. There are even players who create these ridges in the tape job on purpose, taping tighter spirals and rolling the entire length of the tape for consistent gription (new word. It needed to be done.). The pictures below are an extreme version of creating Gription. A piece of tape is rolled first and spiraled an inch or more apart as far as you like up the shaft. Then tape is rolled in a tighter spiral the same or greater distance UP the shaft. This can be done at the bottom to include the end cap taping, the top for top hand control (although not recommended) or in the middle as we have done in the demo. The best tape for doing gription tricks is the medical tape they sell at the drug store and the hockey tape sold at sports stores. The hockey tape is grippy on the outside to begin with. By the way, many players prefer to just tape the end cap and leave the shaft smooth, otherwise. Its all to taste. The best part about a tape job, as compared to a dye job or bake job is that they are completely reversible!




Is there any reason that, when putting in shooting strings, you can't put the unwoven string on the inside of the stick instead of on the outside? I tried it on my stick and it seems to work OK.
Not at all. This is just a way to make the shooters more pronounced. Just string it the same way you would normally but lay the flat part across the front, rather than the back before weaving in the rest of the string.


Thank you for answering my previous question, but your answer has sparked a new question. You had said that the Powells and Gaits did not have the kind of "saggy" pocket that would affect their playing with an offset head. Are you saying that a "saggy" pocket creates a problem in passing and throwing accuracy? What do you consider a "saggy" pocket? - CM
The depth of a pocket multiplied by the softness is the sag factor, if you will. A deep pocket that is formed in the middle to bottom protion of the stick and has a pretty stiff progression out of the stick, though hard materials or many shooting strings, is probably ok. A deep pocket that rolls around in the bottom of the pocket and is therefore inconsistently placed will be inconsistently released when throwing and shooting at speeds. So many players at the high school level pull back when they release a shot. This is a symptom of saggy pocket disease. Follow through on a hard shot and if the ball goes straight, you're disease free. If the ball hits your knee or foot, you should be quarantined immediately. If you are addicted to the sag, just ween yourself off of it gradually and tighten that pocket a little at a time. Your stickwork will come around and you'll notice the accuracy and speed differences in your release. So will your coach!


I was wondering if you guys could show how to string a "Complete Pocket"? They look awesome and I am always looking to learn how to string something new. By the way, you guys run the most informative and interesting site on the web. - Cameron
The complete pocket is coming up as a Stick Tech article in May or June. You can order one from us now or wait 'til we show you how!






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!