We picked 10 stringing specific reader tips for publication this month! And we're giving the authors e-Lacrosse Rage II DVDs! Winners contact us if we miss you. Some e-mails cannot be returned to the addresses given to us.
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Covert Op Submitted by Dan of New Hampshire
You guys have the best website. You've taught me everything I know. This is a cross between a rock-it pocket and that old Van O'Banion pocket the Who. I had originally wanted to string the Who and when I was done I was unimpressed by the channel. I concluded that the ball was moving around so much because there was not enough material on the side. I took the extra string from the center and strung up the spaces between the coils like a rock-it pocket. This stick is a brine nitrous on an F-22. I just got it yesterday. So far the pocket holds the ball in the center and has great accuracy. I haven't had practice yet and I just finished stringing so that's all I can say about it now. By the way this is the 4th stick I've ever strung and the other 3 were mesh.
Red Evo Submitted by Unknown
This is a red died evolution. I first had the plain white head unstrung, then I put hot glue all over. I had 4 packets of red dye and first I boiled the water while mixing the die. I put the head in the die for about 20 minutes. Then I took it out and peeled all the hot glue off and strung it.
Submitted by Erik
I strung this in my stick a couple weeks ago and its awesome. It has great control and throws awesome.
Glue Gunner Submitted by Michael
Hey, I love the site and go to it almost every day to try and learn something new. I dyed and strung up my Proton today and it took me all day to get the dye, prepare, etc. Your site helped me out allot on how to dye and with the stringing. The dyeing demystified article is great and helps allot on the glue gun method which I used. I've included some pictures of the process and the final product. I used navy and royal blue together over a dark green which looks awesome. The only problem was peeling off all the glue and trying to keep it from running into the sidewall holes. The stick throws great and I guess I got lucky because I just strung it up how I thought it would work and it did the first time. I love my new stick and all my friends are envious, all thanks to you guys and the ever so wonderful RIT dye.
Tricking out a box shaft
Submitted by Ryan of Carleton U Lacrosse
When cutting a shaft, cut it about one half inch shorter than is legal. When you put on the end cap, stuff it with cotton or anything that will add length. Use a glue gun or Shoo Goo to keep it snug. This will take off added weight especially for any box players that use really heavy shafts.
Hold the coils
Submitted by Spencer
First of all I just like to say your site is amazing. Seeing some of
other people designed has further inspired me to mess around with different stringings and custom pockets. This is one that I strung after seeing the x mesh factor for the first time. It is basicacly like it, besides the fact that I don't use coils. The ball sits perfectly in the channel in the middle, and has a nice swinging motion when you cradel. All in all it's an awsome stick.
Preparing a lace
Submitted by Ryan
I have found that if you put the end of a nylon string in a flame and then flatten the black part of the burnt string with a spoon, the flat part will be easier to string trough small mesh holes. You can also shape the flattened string with scissors.
Submitted by Max
I read your site all the time and love it. I go to a Baltimore City public school. This is my variation of the pita pocket.
Twisted Rails Submitted by Ross
I'm 14 and I've been stringing about a year. I have finally come up with a comfortable pocket with very little whip to speak of. I got the idea from your rubber rails article. It's pretty similar but has a few changes. For the rails, I used nylon shooters and simply twisted and rolled them as you would when making a tubular shooting string. It throws great and shoots unbelievably hard, I love it. It also catches very well. This is an easy pocket to make if you are inexperienced and works great. Good job with the site.
Mesh Work Out
Submitted by Randy in San Diego
When stringing a mesh pocket, don't string it permanently the first time. An easy way to stretch mesh is to put the sidewall through the second or third row of mesh, instead of the edge and pound on that for a while. Don't worry about shooters, just stretch as much as you can. Then simply undo the sidewalls and string your mesh. This is a technique for new mesh that will give it the same feel as a broken in, older piece of mesh. E-LACROSSE RULES!
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