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Submitted by Chris of Middletown, DE
I bought a fuse at the beginning of the 2003 season and wasn't real happy with the pocket. About 5 games into the season, I got bored one night and started messin' around with pockets, and came out with this. I recommend highly experimenting around with different pockets, if you've got an extra head. That's what I've been doing since I started playin' 3 years ago and now, I'm basically the stick doctor on my high school team. The only other thing I can tell you is to really examine pockets shown on this website you can pick up a lot of tricks.
Complete Matrix Count Submitted by Chris
I just finished a complete pocket! If stringers are gonna try to make this pocket in a brine matrix (the narrow one) then I suggest a coil count of 8, 9, 10, 7, 7 and 6. Best of luck! Your site is the bomb diggity!
Monster Mesh for Dummies Submitted by Michael from Pittsburgh, PA
Even though they don't make monster mesh anymore, I thought for anyone who still has some of it left over or likes the 6 diamond mesh may like this tip. One problem that everyone has with mesh with larger holes is the shooter placement. This is very easy to fix. If you look at the picture you with see that instead of stringing the shooters using one row of diamonds I used the bottom of one row and the top of another row. Stringing the shooter this way gives you a tighter weave and less movement (more consistency) in the shooters. You can also use rubber rails using this method of stringing.
A Late Hype! Submitted by Ian from Denver, Colorado
I'm 14 years old and I have been stringing for a little less than a year. This pocket uses a 4-hole wide piece of hard mesh, and instead of using leathers, I strung a piece of nylon in and out of it. This allows for a smoother release than what leathers would have. The mesh also allows a degree of "cush" while catching the ball. I strung this pocket so the whole thing would be contained with the two leathers. This creates a channeled affect similar to a rock-it pocket or a corner pocket. One of the main attributes that I found this stick to have while throwing around is that it has an incredibly hard shot. Great job with the website. Keep it up.
Revitalized Vapor Submitted by Aaron from Baltimore
Just wanted to drop a note in appreciation of the inspiration and information I have obtained from your site. The attached photos are of my recently revitalized Brine Vapor which I had to restring. Your article "Dyeing Demystified" gave me the motivation to give stick dyeing a try. I chose my colors based on the youth team I coach in Havre de Grace, MD which just happen to coincide with my Towson State Alumnus preferences.
The stringing was a combo pocket I came up with that utilizes a mesh channel cut from the center section of a well broken in piece of dura-mesh strung similar to that of a "rocket-type" pocket. The outside leathers are strung around the ball with a tight variation of coils I used to lock them in place and all but eliminate any ball rattle. I added an extra hockey lace at the bottom that reduces any whip to non-existent and topped it off with a tight nylon shooter to keep it crisp. Once it's broken in and I'm happy with everything, I'll cut off the excess strings that are currently coiled up out of the way.
The result is a very quick accurate shooting stick that looks unique and I can't be more pleased with the final product.
Thanks again and keep up the great work at e-lacrosse. I recommend your site to all my players and fellow coaches.
Lose the Leathers
Submitted by Johnathan
I have a traditionally strung head and something I found out is to take out the two side leathers. The gut strings should stay together. It worked really good on a onset head, try it on and Excaliber.
E-LACROSSE EXPERIMENT: We didn't have a traditional strung Excaliber so we used a Quark we had on hand. Now, to begin with, this Vapor already threw and handled very well, so this would have to be pretty good to impress us. The results are mixed. There is far less "forced" control once the outer leathers are gone and the pocket acts much like a soft mesh. We like that but you should know. The best way, we found, to see if you like it before comitting fully is to pull the outer leathers out of the bottom holes and out of the head ONLY up to first row of shooters. Then throw with it while the leathers have zero tension.
If that feels too loose or has too much "ball rattle", then you will really hate the affect and should just tie them back down and consider yourself lucky you did the test. If you like the feel, then we found that there were a few things to know while you proceed.
The leathers are sewn through that hole in the leather at the top so you will, at some point have to cut the leather to fully remove it.
There might be three spots where one of the leathers you are removing help keep the traditional pocket together. The pictures above show those spots along the top and how to tie a string in there to replicate the support the leathers provided.
At the bottom, on only one side, you will find a hanging knot to tie down. As you can see above, we just used one of the remaining leathers we had to tie together anyway.
before & after
Submitted by Geordie
I got the idea for this stringing job from the E-Lacrosse article on rubber rails. I wrapped two pieces of nylon cord with shooting strings so that they stayed on the 6 diamond monster mesh. The rails are raised off of the mesh providing a smooth track for the ball to travel on. This increases accuracy and shooting speed. By pulling the cords inside the shooting strings tighter you can adjust the depth of the pocket without changing the tension of the side wall strings.
The Squirrel Pocket
Submitted by Austin
I got this pocket that is so amazing that all my friends make me put it on their sticks. You better get some more nylon before you try this one! Simple design, big impact.
Custom Goalie Pocket
Submitted by Connor from Bluemont Virginia
Over the summer I played in the Vail tourney with a stick very similiar to this except it was an abyss. It held its ground out there and the ball won't go through.
Submitted by Jason
I play lacrosse for Green Mountain College in Vermont. I've played lacrosse for 6 years. In those 6 years I have strung my own sticks. Now I think i have come up with a new stringing style. It is a cross between Mesh X, rock-it pocket, and double triple threat. I call it the predator pocket. I think people can benefit from this new style. This is all about the progression of the sport. The two heads I used were the Warrior Blade and the Warrior Razor. Enjoy.
Submitted by Dave & Andy
This is a string job that my friend and I came up with over the summer. It's the "T mesh". It starts with some old mesh, leathers and some shooting strings. All you do is cut the mesh into a "T" and thread leathers in and out of the mesh, attach the top wall just like you would if you were stringing a mesh pocket, and then use the coils like you would kinda like the Mesh-X or the Who pocket to line the sides of the actual pocket. We got the idea when we tried to string a Who pocket but just couldn't get it accurate enough. So we incorporated the ease of the mesh with its shooting strings and nice pocket with the look of the coils from the Who pocket.
The Vintage Pocket
Submitted by Sean
I strung this head on my friend's Warp. It's a revolutionary channel with 3 leathers down the pocket instead of 4 for the best channel. I did this by doubling up the 2 center leathers and did a pita going to the outside leathers from the middle leather with coils to the sidewalls. This has the best ball retention I've ever seen, while keeping a legal pocket.
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