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Shake it, Shake it... Submitted by Ando
First off, E-lacrosse is the best resource for any lacrosse players around. Here are 2 pictures of my newly restrung brine Nitrous with the Shook Shakedown. It's the second stick I have strung with this pocket because I love it so much. When I strung this one I added a string on the inside of the sidewall that acts as a ball cushion that helps hold the ball in the pocket when cradling, it works remarkably well. Hopefully it helps.
Sweet Dye Submitted by Daniel
Criss-Cross Submitted by Mike 'n Pat
We used a slightly pinched Brine Edge. The top string is a criss-cross method that seems to work real well. We used interlocking sidewalls and a fairly tight bottom string. Without the leathers the pocket was pretty huge but there was still some ball rattle. The leathers make a narrower channel that provides great hold.
Monster Mesh Fix Submitted by Keenan
Hey, first off, like most other questions and tips, I'll start it off by saying that your site is the best! I have a tip for the top string of monster mesh. I just started to string and I strung my savage with some monster mesh, but being a perfectionist, I could never get everything "just right." I spent lots of time looking at all of the tips and I finally think that my pocket is very well done. My tip is to use a nylon sidewall type string and then instead of using the top of 1 diamond, use the top of 2 diamonds for each top hole. From the side hole, go straight through the hole, and come back through that same diamond, on the left side of the string (stringing from the left to the right). Then go through the next diamond and come through the top string hole from the opposite side, again directing the end of the string through the left side. I am sure other people have done this, but I haven't seen it on the website, so I thought I would point it out. I find that it gets the top string a bit tighter for monster mesh, because the holes are so big. Sorry I have no pic.
A Wokin Dye
Submitted by Christian in Chanhassen, Minnesota
I wanted to get a deep blue color on my Brine Cyber. My Dad bought an electric wok at a thrift shop for $ 4.00. We put the dye in the wok and then set it to high heat. When the dye bath is steaming we put in the stick and turn the heat to medium. The dye stays hot and really penetrates into the head. I usually leave the head in for 15-20 minutes per area. It is kind of shallow and only covers part of the head, you need to turn it several times. But it gives very deep and bright colors. It even worked well with the powder dyes that usually do not work as well as the liquid concentrates.
Submitted by Ryan
First I'd like to give a big thank-you to Andrew Cain, creator of the
Hype stringing #4. After studying the makeup of this stringing, I
successfully applied it to my Edge Warp. I only added some minor
changes to his original design. The changes I made were needed
in-order to suit my obsessive desire for symmetry. I am forwarding to
you pictures of my finished stick.
Submitted by Rich of Fallston, Maryland
I was getting tired of having to tighten my shooting strings and pocket every time my soft mesh got wet. I decided to look for a way to make the pocket waterproof. After searching around at a local craft store I found something called clay pot sealer. It said it would dry clear providing a clear and durable waterproof seal. Since it was only about $2, I went ahead and bought some and gave it a try. The stuff dried clear and made the mesh feel more like hard mesh. The water no longer soaks into the strings it just beads off. It did not affect the throwing at all. For anyone who likes the feel of soft mesh, but wants the durability of hard mesh, I recommend giving this a try.
Make A Hype Out Of Any Stick
Submitted by Brian
If you don't want to buy the hype but want a swinging sidewall on a mesh pocket, all you need is more side wall. Start with a standard traditional sidewall, traditional kits will show you how. Then follow the directions for a mesh pocket, simply adding your mesh, and looping sidewall string through your mesh and around the first sidewall instead of going through the stick holes. Shooting strings should be laced up like normal, except instead of tying them around the walls or through the holes on the head, start them between the first and second sidewall and end them on the other side in the same place. If you don't do it like that, the pocket won't work. Then, for your bottom string, give it some slack instead of tying the mesh as tight as possible to the stick - about half an inch of slack is fine. Voila! You have a swinging pocket on any head.
Killing Time and a Bad Pocket Submitted by Nick of Olathe, Kansas
I got bored one day. I had my x-2 and it didnt throw well so I ripped it apart and restrung it with this. It throws pretty good. I strung it wth a high pocket for quick shooting.
Conditioning for "Volume"
Submitted by Jeremy
I have developed what seems to be quite a reputation for stringing the best mesh pockets around. Since the store I strung for closed down I constantly get phone calls from parents and friends asking if I would do a stick for them. One question I am always asked is how do I break my dura-mesh in so well (soft and stretched out)? Well, first you have to string your mesh onto your stick with the sidewalls strung as tight as you can get them. This is important because the mesh will get really stretched out. Then the trick is to rub hair conditioner into your mesh (lotion or shampoo work well too). Then drench the mesh in hot water for a minute or two. While the mesh is still soaking wet, pound your pocket in as hard as you can. Than check again that your sidewall strings are as tight as they can be and tighten them if they are not. Undo the strings that hold the mesh to the throat holes and do the ball and butter knife trick in the area you want your pocket deepest. Tie the mesh back to the throat holes as tight as you can without the ball popping out and let it sit overnight. In the morning within a few minutes of passing the stiffness should be gone in the pocket and it should smell really good.
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