I call this pocket the DOGTRACK because the ball follows a narrow track in this pocket and the fact that it has been made popular by the Loyola College Greyhounds in recent seasons. Just take a look at most of their sticks and you will see this pocket in them! This stick is also referred to by some as the "Pita Pocket" This is because it can be strung with the outside leathers so tightly, that the whole pocket is contained
between them. Doing this to the stick makes it harder to catch the ball but for some advanced players gives them the ball control and whip in their throw that they prefer.
When stringing this stick the leathers are placed in at
first just as they were in the six and eight diamond sticks in last months edition. Eventually the two outside leathers
will be pulled closer to the sides of the stick and the middle
leathers will be strung closer together.
The sidewalls should be strung tightly to the plastic and
unlike the six and eight diamond sticks are left fairly tight
after the stick is strung.
Stringing the nylons in this stick is where things can get a little
tricky. This stick takes four pieces of nylon to string and be
able to adjust properly.
After the leathers and the sidewalls are into place the
first two nylons need to be strung. These are the nylons that
attach the outside leathers to the sidewalls. Use two short
strings of nylon. I prefer to start from the bottom and string
towards the top. While stringing between the outside leather and
sidewall, make four or five knots spread evenly along the
leather. Then tie off the nylon at the top through the loop
created where the leather goes through the plastic.
At this point there are four leathers in the stick, sidewall
strings, and nylons connecting the outside leathers to the
sidewalls. No holes need to be cut in the outside leathers in
this stick. Instead, cut a slit at the bottom of each middle
Two longer pieces of nylon are now needed to finish the
stick. These pieces should be a little more than twice as long as
the nylons used to connect the outside leathers to the nylons. Always use a generous amount of string to start with. You can always cut a little off at the end.
Starting at the bottom of the stick again, tie a knot at one end
of each of the strings and pull one string through the hole in
the leathers from the back of the stick to the inside of the
Twist the nylons around each other four or
five times then loop the nylons around the leathers and pull them
tightly. Repeat this process about five or six times until
you reach the top of the stick. Remember that you must string
this so the knots around the leather are in between the knots on
the outside leathers. Then when you reach the top loop the
nylons through the top of the leathers and string each nylon back
and forth (as you would string on a 6 or 8 diamond stick) Then
tie them off through the same two holes in the leather that you
started the nylons from.
Now we have to put in the shooting strings. I prefer to use a nylon as the top shooting
string. This keeps the top of the stick tight and creates a crisp
release of the ball. Take one or two pieces of nylon and pull it
twice across between the other nylons and leathers, then weave
around the two pieces with one more piece of nylon.
String two or three hockey laces below the nylon shooter in order
to create a smooth feel when throwing the ball, yet this still
maintains the crisp release that the nylon shooter creates.
Now the only thing left to do is break the stick in. When
doing so concentrate on stretching out the two inside leathers in
order to create more of a channel in the stick.
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.