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Stick Tech Workshop - ReADeR TIPS!


     The Sock-it Pocket
By Chris Whitworth


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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. This is the last of the three. It is pocket #2 by Chris Whitworth. All three heads are in a box on the way to Gary Gait and Chris Hiem of STX for judging. Enjoy stringing #2 and let us know what you think!

String-O-Meter rating:
Advanced level - Not so easy.



Stuff needed:

  • 1 long nylon (approximately 8 1/2 feet)
  • 1 longer nylon (approximately 18 1/2 feet)


  • 2 leathers
  • 2 shooting strings (not shown)
  • INTRO:

    As always, you should stretch the leathers prior to working with them. You can either soak them in water and stretch them, or just tug on them for a bit.

    Step 1: Leathers

    Place the leathers through the middle holes at the top of the head, then through the bottom outer holes. Pull them tight. HINT: Having the leathers tight during this step will make it easier to string the head, not worrying if the nylon is lined up with the other side or not.



    Step 2: Center Nylons

    Using the shorter of the 2 nylons, pull one end through the top hole of the leathers. Pull each end of the nylon so that they are equal on both sides. You should be able to pull both ends straight up and each end should be the same length.


    Take one end of the nylon and cross it over from the inside of the head. Loop it under the leather so it makes a loop around the leather. Make sure you don't pull the wrong end of the nylon while doing this step.


    Take the same piece of nylon and loop it over and under. Now pull the nylon very tight to make the first knot. Take the longer piece of nylon and repeat (remember to keep the 2 strings as equal as possible).


    Take both nylons and cross one over the other. Twist them once to make the lock, then repeat the same knot you just learned to create each link. This will be the key knot in this pocket. HINT: Don't let the nylon be too loose or too tight for the first couple links, make them about the same width as the leathers. Flip the head so the back faces you. Making the first link on the front will give it more feel to the ball when thrown. All the knots and twists from here on will be done from the back making more of a track for the ball to follow and a pouch for the ball to rest so it'll have more hold.



    Repeat knotting and twisting from the back 7 more times as explained above. You will gradually create larger links towards where you want the ball to rest.



    The bottom twist is very simple. All you have to do is make 3 to 4 of the twists and put it through the bottom inner holes on the head. Tie each off with a simple knot.

    Loosen the leathers to the depth of the pocket that you want. Use a ball to measure.



    Step 3: Sidewalls
    Now that you have finished the inner part of the pocket, it is time for the sidewalls. Take the longer piece of nylon and put it through the leathers at the top as you did with the first nylon, making sure it is equal on both sides.


    From the back of the head, push one end of the nylon through the other hole at the top of the head and up again to make that loop.


    Repeat the same kind of loop to make the knot and put the nylon through the first sidewall hole.


    Repeat on the other side, remember to pull very tight on the nylon.



    Step 4: Outer Nylons

    Roll the nylon up so it's not in your way while working on the other side.

    Take the piece of nylon that isn't bundled up and put it through the center of the knot you made on the middle leathers. Loop it around, repeating the same knot you previously made. Now, loop it around the leathers again to make that knot. Pull tight. Loop the nylon around the other piece of nylon 6 times and then through the 3rd hole on the side wall.






    Repeat and twist 6 more times.

    Take the end of the nylon and push it through the first hole of the double holes so it comes out the front of the head. Come back through and create rows for the rest of the holes on both sides.

    Twists for Rows

    3rd row-4 twists
    4th row-4 twists
    5th row-6 twists
    6th row-6 twists
    7th row-6 twists
    8th row-4 twists then pull through the hole on the side.





    Step 4: Shooters

    Fine tune and tie off the leathers before or after you put in as many shooters as you want. Adjust to your taste.



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    String-O-Meter

    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.

    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 stringing. The designs aren't too tough, but require some concentration and time.
    DIFFICULT - This refers to sticks like THE "Dog Track". 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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