We picked 5 reader tips for publication this month! And we're giving the authors E-Lacrosse Rage III DVDs!
WARNING: Ovens, lighters, matches, knives, and other tools called for in this tips section can be dangerous when not properly used. If you intend on trying any of these tips at home, you must tell your parents exactly what your plans are before proceding. Improper use of some of the tools suggested can result in cutting, burning or staining yourself or your family's property. So ask FIRST, and be careful!
Two heads are better... Submitted by Ryan from Hood River
These are my two head that I have dyed and strung. The deuce is the big word pocket with a little variation, and the helix is a variation of the corner pocket and they throw amazing! I think the dye is pretty gnarly also!
The Triple Threat Submitted by Steve
I live in Canada. I've been playing lacrosse for a good 8 years now, and I've been stringing sticks for a good 3. I've learned everything I know from your website, and with some of the techniques I've learned I've even been able to start up my own little business called, "Sticks 'R' Us". Anyway, I needed a pocket for my new Evo pro, so first off, I decided to dye the head with a three color twist of Evening blue, Royal blue, and Black with RIT dye. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what I wanted to do. So I started a regular traditional pocket with a pita twist, when I got this revelation to do a stick with 3! Pita twists to form the pocket. I don't know if I'm the first person to do this, but I find that the three pitas give my stick amazing ball retention, I also use a shallow pocket to better improve my skills, and the pita pockets form a nice channel along the center of the head for an accurate, and hard release of the ball. I call my pocket the triple threat because of the three pita twists. It's become a great seller when I string traditional for customers. Thanks again E-lacrosse, keep up the great web site, and the advice is great!
A few veteran tips Submitted by Frank aka. NC smoov stringer (props to North Cakalak)
As an avid stringer I've found some tips over the years that are extremely useful for the mass production stringer. You know who you are (and so do the folks on your team).
Durability is a big issue for any stringer. If you string for your teammates you want to make a good lasting pocket.
For durable mesh pockets I've found a good trick in melting the top string to make it more guarded against abrasion and general wear and tear. Simply make a knot like in the first attached picture. Then hold a lighter or match an inch and a half or two inches underneath it so that it melts on the surface. Rub something flat against the nylon once it melts. The finished knot will look like something in the second attached picture. It is very durable.
Prepping strings by pulling and heating them to flame makes them very durable. It hardens the strings. This is very useful for sidewall strings because they get worn down through catching.
Zipties work even better in terms of durability, though they probably will make Iroquois stringers vomit.
This is also a great way to make your elx-1 more practical and durable. This is a great pocket in terms of balancing hold vs. release. Thanks for the inspiration. It's a winner.
Don't be afraid to mix it up when stringing sidewalls in mesh. The Gait sticks and some of Brine's (Nitrous and Vapor) make it easier to be creative because of all the stringing holes. This allows a stringer to go in on the mesh (especially if the head is baked.) See attached fifth picture. This technique allows for very channeled (and legal!) pockets with baked heads. Just another trick for the stringers out there.
The ELX-Corner Submitted by Grady in Boise
First, I love your site. It's made me the stringer I am today. I was looking on your site for a new string job in my stick and I saw the elx-1 and thought it was cool if it had more control so I modded it out and made a pocket that alot of my friends want in their sticks now because of the added speed without sarificing too much control. I call it "THE ELX-CORNER" check it out! It's a combination of the exl-1 and the corner.
Eternal Grip Submitted by Ryan
Hello all my fellow e-lacrosse lovers! I found a way to get a great grip! When people roll up tape (like a snake) then wrap tape over it, it eventually flattens and gets less grippy. So I have devised a way to keep the same grip. Hot glue the area and make it thick (seen in picture). Wait for it to dry and then tape over it. It will not ruin your stick, and if you don't like the shape of it, it is a breeze to take off.
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