THE HYPER X-POCKET
By Andrew Peacock
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We received hundreds of e-mail requests to publish the instructions for creating the finalists' pockets in the STX Hype Stringing Contest. We just recently got the prize heads and the blank heads to the finalists and they are coming back to us now. This is the first. It is pocket #10, entitled "The Hyper X-Pocket" by Andrew Peacock. A winner will be announced once we get the sticks into the hands of Gary Gait and Chris Hiem of STX for judging. They all rock! Enjoy stringing it and playing with it and let us know how you liked it!
Advanced level - Not for beginners!
- 4 Leathers
- 4 pieces of nylon
1 slightly longer piece of nylon (for the middle) hockey laces are optional
The "Hyper" pockets were created to compete in the hype stringing contest sponsored by STX. The innovative thing about the hype is the fact that it can be strung much higher on the sidewall than a normal stick giving it the hammock effect. This adds almost two inches to the maximum depth of the pocket allowing much better hold.
Step 1: Prepare your materials.
As always, you want to stretch the leathers before you place them into the stick. Whether you soak them and stretch them or just give them a good tug, it doesn't matter as long as they have been stretched prior to putting them in the stick.
Step 2: Leathers
The four leathers are placed into their normal spots for this pocket, there is nothing special about it, follow the basic traditional stringing methods to put them in.
Step 3: Sidewalls/Outer Nylon
Unique sidewall configurations make pockets in the hype special. On this pocket no interlocking sidewall strings are used, the cross lace is simply hung directly on the sidewall. Start at the top. On the leathers, loop the nylon like usual, but do it twice for an interlocking knot. Simply loop it once on the sidewall using the normal side holes until you reach where the special hype holes are in a position to be used. Use these holes until the bottom of the stick, only going back to the regular holes at the bottom to tie finishing knots.
Step 4: Middle X's
Stringing the middle of the stick correctly is crucial to achieving proper release. You want to have the strings tight at the top, loosen toward the middle and slightly tighter at the bottom.
You may use any style you want to join and support the top row, I used a Y shaped coil (4 or 5 of them) and one long string for mine.
Forming X shapes down the center of the head, creates a channel by stringing this area looser than the traditional stringing between the outer leathers. This section of the stick determines whether or not the stick will have a good release.
At the bottom of the X's you will want to either tie the loose ends together or zap-strap them down.
Step 5: Inner Nylons
This is the easiest section of the Hyper X. The nice thing is that you know your almost done too. When you get to the inner nylons the rest of the stick should be a breeze. This section is simple traditional linking the middle X's to the outer nylon. All you do is loop it all the way down then tie them off.
Step 6: Shooters
The shooting strings are entirely preference. I like to use 3 or 4 hockey laces depending on what I need for the stick to throw correctly, and occasionally a hard shooter at the top to keep the ball from hitting and having a hard release and/or whip. I went with the traditional style weave shooters because it was traditional and it uses less string. But if you like to use the mesh style wrap around shooters they can work just as well.
You're Finished! Enjoy the stick, make the adjustments needed so it throws to your liking. Remember to keep your stick maintained. This is not mesh!
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