By Brad Lloyd

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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 second. It is pocket #7 by Brad Lloyd. The next stop for #7 is into the hands of Gary Gait and Chris Hiem of STX for judging. I just ripped a few shots into the corner of my goal with it with no adjustments at all. Enjoy stringing #7 and let us know what you think!

String-O-Meter rating:
Advanced level - A tough one!

Stuff needed:

  • 2 sidewalls (2 feet long each of pocket nylon)
  • 5 pieces of nylon (3 to 3.5 feet long each)

  • A paper clip
  • 4 Leathers
  • INTRO:

    For Reference points refer to the upper sidewall holes as numbers, starting at the throat with number 1 and ending with number 12 at the top. Bottom sidewall holes are 1-5 same way.

    Step 1: Vertical Sidewalls

    Start by stringing the sidewalls, use pocket nylon for best results. You probably need about 2 feet of lace for each sidewall to be safe.

    Make a single knot and feed the nylon down through hole #1 and through hole #2 on the bottom sidewall. Wrap/twist the lace 2 times back up around and feed the lace through hole #2 on the top.

    Repeat the last step using top holes #3 and #4 and bottom hole #3. and again with top holes #5 and #6 and bottom hole #4.

    For the last vertical sidewall go down through hole #7 on top and hole #5 on the bottom and this time wrap up and around 1 time and go up through hole #8. This final sidewall should resemble a "Y".

    Step 2: Horizontal Sidewalls

    After going up through hole #8 come down over the inside of the sidewall. Loop through the "Y" before feeding the lace down through hole #9 and loop through the lace as you would for a normal interlocking sidewall. Repeat this step again and then finish out with normal interlocking sidewalls for the last 3 holes on this side of the head. Repeat the whole thing onthe other side.

    Step 3: Leathers
    This part is pretty simple. Feed the leathers through normally, pull them tight and tape them down to the shaft.

    Step 4: Nylons

    For this part you will need 3 pieces of nylon that are all about 3-3.5 feet in length. Take a piece of the nylon and thread it through the top of the left two leathers, do the same with the right two leathers and then again with the center leathers (explained in the next section).

    If you are having trouble feeding the nylon through, get a paper clip. Straighten it out, fold it in half and then bend each end out so that it looks like a "T". This can be helpful in pulling nylon through some tight spots!

    Start with the pair of leathers on either side. Twist the nylon real tight for 7 or 8 twists, as you would in a pita or dog track. Repeat this step again. Finish off with a runner similar to that on the quasar pocket. Your loops, however, will be equal in size and will interlock with the loop on the opposite leather. Make sure they are tight. You will probably need 4 loops plus the tie off.

    For the tie-off make a small hole in the leather with a razor blade or exacto knife (Editors note: BE CAREFUL IF USING A BLADE - You could use a zip-strip here) just immediately below the throat of the head. Feed the nylons through the opposite leather creating an x at the bottom; the paper clip is helpful here. Do the same thing for the opposite pair of leathers.

    Step 4: The Center Channel

    When connecting the two inside leathers, creating the channel, you should follow the same routine as between the first two sets of leathers with one big difference. You are going to let the loops get looser towards the bottom to create a channel for the ball. Tie them off through the holes that you made in the leathers. If you made the hole small enough you will only need a single knot. If you made the hole too big, don't worry. Just take a cable tie and tighten it at the end.

    For the side lace, start at the top and string as you would when you connect leather to sidewall. When you get to the vertical sidewall strings don't cross your loops as you would normally, this allows for the pocket to move up and down with ease. Depending on how many channel loops you have will depend on which and how many of the vertical sidewalls you use. Instead of tying off at the head when you finish, I tie off at the hole in the leather. When you finish, each leather hole should have 2 strings through it.

    Step 5: Shooters

    The shooting strings are a personal thing. I use 1 nylon and 2 hockey laces.


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