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Stick Tech Workshop - ReADeR TIPS!

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We have received tons of e-mail about the Complete Pocket and a few orders too. I invented this with the attackman and middie in mind but lately more and more defenseman are requesting them.

The Complete pocket uses the Stylin' Strings side-coil design which forces the ball to sit directly in the center of the pocket. Giving the Complete Pocket extreme accuracy and excellent control. A tight X shaped weave mimicks a hard mesh, allowing the ball more movement than many of our custom pockets. This results in quicker, harder passes and shots. The Complete pocket is harder to string than a hard mesh but easier to maintain, more reliable, more weather resistant and durable.
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String needed:

  • 4 Leathers (brown or white)
  • 1 30" length of nylon
  • An unstrung head

Prepare your materials
  1. Stretch the leathers

Step 1: Sidewalls

Start on the outside of the head, and run the sidewall down the outside of the head, if you are having trouble refer to previous articles. Pull tightly through the bottom and tie a knot.

Do this to both sides of the head, they should mirror each other.

Step 2: Leathers

Run the two leathers in through the two outer holes. Run the middle leathers on this one too.

Step 3: Coils

You are going to do a set of coils running from the sidewall to the outer leather. The amount of coils will vary from head to head. The best way to do it is pull the nylon firmly to the leather and wrap it around the leather. Start coiling the nylon until there's no more space and the coils form tightly together. Run this until there are six sets of coils. Pull through the bottom and tie a knot.

Do this along both sides, making sure it's symmetrical.

Step 4: Nylon

Start with the same hole used to do a coil and run the nylon through the top hole created by the closest outer leather, form here run the nylon down to where the first X is wrapped around the inner leathers. From here it's just traditional stringing all the way down running between the coils to the X each time.

Repeat this on both sides so that it is symmetrical, if your coils are symmetrical then this step should be quite easy. Pull through the bottom precut holes and tie off.

Step 5: Middle X row

Starting with the two inner leathers string a tight X down so that when you reach the bottom precut holes there are 9 or 10 X's, the amount depends on the head. Feel it out if you string in 9 and there is a lot of space then string10, if you string 9 and it ends at the precut holes then 9 is enough. Pull the nylon through the precut hole and tie it off.

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Step 6: Shooters

Remember that a hockey lace is put in the same way a coil is, With this pocket it is extremely easy, just follow the line that the coils already create for you.

Now your done! Break it in and have fun!


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The -X- Pocket, Mesh -X- Pocket, Tha' Homegrown and complete pocket are shown for players to reproduce in their own sticks. Any commercial reproduction is strictly prohibited. -All rights reserved to Van O'Banion & Stylin' Strings Inc.


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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.

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