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Intermediate level - It's pretty easy!
MINI IS IN. Everything in 2003 is miniaturized. The clothing, the cars, even the skateboards. So lacrosse is going small too. Last year's hot craze was the MONSTER MESH. Now meet miniMESH! It's hard as a rock and easy to string. This "mini" is definitely a winner and we expect to see it all over the 2003 Summer lax scene and 2004 college fields! This pocket is hard, tight and VERY fast. If you like a soft mesh, you'll have to work this one hard before stringing it. If you like hardmesh you will fall in love with miniMESH! It's very stiff when its strung up and it's the most opaque white of any pocket we've seen which aids in shot deception with a white ball. For the full effect use only white shooters. This mesh will last longer than larger guage mesh and is much easier to string. Last year's huge mesh had too much space between the uneven rows of diamonds and the shooting strings never seemed to work out right. Stringing this mesh is like coloring by numbers. When confused, just count the diamonds and stay symmetrical to get back on track. We strung up an STX Proton the day we got the mesh and after a few tries with the new hole configuration and lots of pocket pounding, we got it just right and throwing like a gem. This is, of course, a new product so try your own variations too and let us know how it goes, but for those who just want to string it and get going to summer league, a basic instruction follows.
Step 1: Install interlocking sidewalls |
Establishing a sidewall made of string to tie the mesh to is a good idea to avoid bunching in the mesh. You don't have to do this but we always do. You can see how to do it in the pictures below or in a previous stick tech column.
Step 2: Attach the mesh to the top wall
Use any sidewall width or similar sized string for the top string. It's important throughout the stringing of this and every pocket to remain symmetrical, so you must count the holes across the mesh and plan it out so the middle of the mesh ends up at the middle of the head. We circled the spot on the picture below.
Once you've strung through two holes and are near center, just make sure every move replicates the other side but is the exact opposite to create symmetry (see ours below). You can pick the holes we picked or whichever you like. Just make sure you count the diamonds from the center and that both sides are identical. Tie the top string tightly with a good knot.
You will have extra mesh on top. Leave it for now. It will curl under and if you want to later you can trim it up, but only after we know we've done the pocket right.
Step 3: String the sidewalls
Weave the sidewalls down the stick through EVERY hole along the edge of the mesh as shown below. You will have to go through one or two of the interlocking sidewalls twice (also shown below), but use every hole in the mesh to avoid bunching. String the sidewalls tight. This mesh will stretch a lot when we work it in. Tie off the sidewalls using any good knot.
Step 4: Shooters
On this pocket we advise you to install at least two of the shooters before installing the bottom string. Put two or three shooters in where you like them. You have so many new choices for placement with the smaller guage mesh. This is a huge advantage to this pocket. Always use a seperate piece of string for each shooter so you can take them out and move them around until you get it just the way you like when adjusting later on.
Be sure to alternate sides where the knot is tied when stringing the shooting strings. They dont have to be that tight. We'll have to adjust them later anyway.
Step 5: Install the bottom string
Find the row of horizontal diamonds that you think will be the bottom of the pocket. Guess high, as this thing will stretch. Line up the center diamond in that row with the screw hole in the head to "get centered". Then use either of the two methods shown below to tie off the mesh. We found that making the mesh flat across with no bunching works best, even if you have some leftover mesh hanging on the sides. We tied our overhang up into the final knot. Eventually we might cut it off, BUT not until we are very sure!
Step 6: Adjustments
Punch the pocket in for a while. It will sag heavily. If it becomes illegal or too deep for your liking, untie your bottom string and re-string it on a higher row of diamonds. Repeat as needed until the mesh is totally stretched. We eventually raised the bottom string row two times after our initial guess and much pounding.
Tighten and/or loosen the shooters and the bottom string to fine-tune things as you punch the pocket in and get it in game shape. Leave the sidewalls tight. The mesh is wide enough. This pocket plays very fast and hard. If you like a soft mesh, you will want to soften this mesh up before using it. There are a number of tips for this in the reader tips pages. Use the search feature or just read some reader tips columns.
Step 7: Put in a "V" pocket (optional)
If you like a "V" pocket, this mesh is perfect for it. Just be sure to completely pound the pocket and stretch the mesh first. Find the middle hole on the horizontal row where you want the point of the "V" to start. Weave straight down the diagonal row of diamonds on each side and tie the two ends off at the bottom. For a greater "V" effect, use a fatter string like the ones we used for shooters.
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.