Stick doctors, here is a unique as well as difficult stick to string. So for all of you stringers looking for a more complicated and new pocket design, here it is.
This pocket is certainly one of a kind, and as far as I know, All-American D-man Rob Doerr is the only Division I player using this pocket. Rob Doerr, is not only known as one of the most aggressive players in lacrosse, but he is also known for his amazing ball handling skills and his ability to run through crowds of players on the opposing team with the head of his stick at his ankles, weaving, cutting and spinning around them. How is it possible for him to perform the moves with the ball that he does you may ask? The answer is years of practice and a special stick.
This stick is basically strung as one large channel that cups the ball into one spot in the middle of the pocket providing a solid hold. Surprisingly it throws the ball with relatively little whip and a smooth release. This stick as I said before is unique and a perfect match for doerr's style of play and handling the ball. The pocket created allows you to cradle the ball at your ankles with the stick completely vertical and still be able to not only throw on the target overhanded but throw consistently overhanded as well.
The reason that this pocket is rated as difficult on the stick-o-meter is because due to the little amount of string used in creating the large channel, the string itself must be put in place tightly and the tension of the strings must be the same on both sides so the channel is not lop-sided and so it doesn't have any gapping holes in it!
The Leathers: There are only two leathers used in this stick. They are to be placed in the middle two holes at the top of the head and put through the middle two holes at the throat (just as you would put into place the middle two leathers in a six or eight diamond pocket.) For now just leave the two leathers pulled tightly at the bottom of the head.
The outer sidewalls: Take the two normal-sized pieces of sidewall string and lace the sidewall the exact same way that we did in the six and eight diamond sticks. Be sure to string it through all of the sidewall holes.
The inner sidewalls: This is where things get tricky. This sidewall string is tied off through the outer leather holes at the top of the stick. It then is to be tied to the outer sidewall in between every hole on the side of the stick, for a total of 5 new loops of sidewall string. The double sidewall knot is used here in order to maintain stability and keep the loops of sidewall string from changing their position and shape. The knot is the same that you use to put the outer sidewall through the plastic part of the stick, the difference is that you do it twice in a row creating a tighter knot.
The outer nylons: The nylons will be strung in the same way that we did the inner sidewalls with a few differences. Start by tying off one end at the outer leather holes at the top of the stick. From there go to the first inner sidewall loop and then back to the leather. You can still use the double sidewall knot here with the nylon on both the sidewall string and on the leather. I like to loosen up the leather a bit to get a better feel for the pocket. Ideally you should go back and forth between the sidewall and the leather about 10 times. When you get to the bottom of the pocket start to go back and forth a little tighter than the first 7 or 8 times. When you are finished with one side do the other side next, leaving the middle open for last. You will have to do the other side the exact same way as you did the other side except with one exception. Slide the knots that you make on the opposite leather down so that you are in between the knots on the other side. OR, you can do the other side identically and I will show you a trick to stringing the middle with a little twist. Tie off the nylon through an empty leather hole at the bottom of the stick.
The middle nylon: The middle nylon is fairly easy. Keep in mind that ideally you want the distance between the two leathers the same as the distance on each side of the leather to the inner sidewalls. If you alternated the knots on the leathers as I mentioned above string the nylon between the remaining knots as you would on a normal traditional stick, all you have to do with the knots is just loop the inner nylon in between the double knot of the outer nylons. When you get to the bottom you can tie off the knot through an empty leather hole in the bottom of the stick.
If you didn't stagger the nylon knots and did each side identically, then here's the way to finish up the stick. Start by tying off the nylon at the bottom of the stick. Then string it from side to side skipping every other knot on either side, when you get to the top, loop in through the hole at the top between the two leathers and the plastic and come back down stringing between the knots that you skipped on the way up. If you did this correctly then you should have a middle nylon that looks like a group of big X's. This is also the current design of Rob doerr's new stick.
The Shooters: The Shooting strings play a very important role in this stick. I would only use the rope shooting strings in this stick. This is because the shooting strings play an important role in maintaining the stiffness and shape of the pocket. I usually just put in 3 shooting strings. So spread them out well and you will have to take your time with these. Start with top string and work your way down. You will want to make the top shooting string the tightest and the bottom ones looser than the top. As you put them in make sure that they are tensioned correctly because if the top one is too tight or too loose than the ball will whip and come out of the stick even less than it already does!
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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