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Stick Tech Workshop - ReADeR TIPS!

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BY Pat Miller

The name for this pocket is still a debate. It has been called multiple names, depending who you ask! Here's why:

For those in the north, Dan Chemmotti, the Duke stick doctor from Skinneatles, New York named it the "Chemo Shot" pocket (pronounced - Shame-o-Shot).

For those of you south of the Mason Dixon line, Ian Shure, a Baltimore native and Virginia stick doctor have named this stick the "Shure Shot" pocket (pronounced - sure shot).

Many players on the Duke and Virginia teams have been spotted playing with the pocket, as well as other phenomenal players such as Holt Hopkins from Middlebury!

While there may be some debate as to the name of this pocket one thing is for sure - it is a proven success amongst college and high school players and one of the most requested designs from readers!

Why is the stick so successful? Because it has a unique channel that is made entirely of strings acting as if they were shooting strings! Combine this with the tightly strung pair of middle leathers and you have a powerhouse of a shooter's stick!

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String-O-Meter rating: String needed:

  • 4 Leathers
  • 2 Normal length sidewalls
  • 2 shorter pieces of nylon
  • 4 long pieces of nylon
  • hockey laces are optional

Prepare your materials
As always, you want to stretch the leathers before you place them into the stick.

Step 1: Leathers

There is nothing tricky with the leathers in this one so place all four of them in their usual spots as you would if you were stringing a traditional stick.

Step 2: Sidewalls

The sidewalls are pretty standard in this stick. You should string them as you would normally but try to string them nice and tight from the start. However in the X2 I took advantage of the extra holes and strung the sidewall in and out of every other hole. This allows me to keep the sidewalls tight to the sides of the stick.

Step 3: Middle Twist

The key to the middle twist is to take your time and pull the strings nice and tight. Take two longer nylons and tie them outside of the shooting string holes at the top of the stick and lace them through the leather loops at the top of the stick until you reach the middle.

Then simply twist the two strings around each other approximately 4 to 5 times. After each twist you will have to loop the nylon around the leather as you would after you make a loop when doing a traditional stick. This is the same middle twist as seen in the dog-track!

When you get to the bottom of the middle two leathers either cut a hole in the leather or use small zip-ties as seen on this stick in order to secure your twisted nylons.

Step 4: Outer Nylons

Next you want to string the nylons that go from the outer two leathers to the sidewall strings. You will end up having the nylon loop around the leather 6 or 7 times creating half of a diamond each time. You want to string each side the same way and keep these diamonds nice and tight. This is the same way that you would string the outsides of the dog-track as well. Remember that the loops or knots as some call them around the outside leathers need to be half-way between the loops of nylon on the two inside leathers in order to have this stick turn out properly.

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Step 5: Inner Nylons

This part is the toughest to string and the most tedious. SO TAKE YOUR TIME!

You will need two more longer nylons, one per side. Tie the nylon in the same shooting string hole that you have started the other nylons from. Loop the nylon through the hole in the top of the outer leather then through the top loop or knot made on the middle leather. Leave some slack when you do this. You want to have the nylon loose and perpendicular to the middle leathers.

After you have woven the nylon through the knot on the middle leathers where the vertical twist is, you need to make your first horizontal twist. This is done in a similar manner as the verticals. Wrap the nylon around itself three to four times, then loop it through the half diamond knot on the outside leather. You will need to repeat this process exactly all of the way down the stick on both sides.

Take your time and redo each twist so they are totally symmetrical all of the way down. You may need to push the middle leathers away from the outer leathers a bit as you string towards the bottom in order to give you room to make the same number of twists. Then tie the nylons through the holes or the zip-ties at the bottom.

Step 6: Shooters

Now that you have the guts of your pocket in place you need to move to the shooters. You can use any string here, as usual. I prefer to use standard nylon shooting strings in order to keep the feel of the stick nice and crisp. You can twist these through as you have in any other stick. A couple are shown.

You just created a stick used by some of the best shooters in the country!

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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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