We picked 10 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.
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!
Why White Tape? Submitted by Davey from Kingston, Ontario
First of all, I'd like to say that I wouldn't be the player I am today if it wasn't for this great site. Keep up the good work. I have a tip for making the palms of your gloves last longer. Here in Canada, we learn to only tape the handle of our hockey sticks with white tape. This is because, black hockey tape contains a tar-like chemical that actually discolors and wears out the palms of the glove faster than white tape. This is the same case for lacrosse. So if you want to make your gloves last longer, go with white tape.
A lady's Ace Submitted by Adam
My friend plays college lax at La Salle university in Philly. She wanted a stick that is like a guys but follows the girls rules, so I made this pocket up. Tell me if you like it. I call it the ace pocket.
A Sting Job and a bet won Submitted by Nick
I wanted a pocket that would release the ball quickly on shots and was accurate. I combined a couple of different things I've seen on e-lacrosse as well as a few things I added here and there. I pinched it for better controls on face offs, and I won a bet for dyeing it pink.
Adhesive end and waxing about shooters
Submitted by Ryan
Lacrosse rules say that you must have something covering your hollow stick end, so buy an inexpensive end cap, spray the inside with spray adhesive, and squeeze the cap on the stick for about a minute. When you're done, the end cap will stay attached to the stick, and your stick can be taped for grip and to reinforce the end cap if you like.
When you restring or make adjustments to your pocket or shooting strings, and the ends fray, you can take a lighter and singe the ends so they burn together. But if this does not work, like on hockey shooting strings, take a birthday candle and hold it sideways when lit, and it will drip wax on the strings. Let it dry and the wax should hold the strings together. Also for a fun twist you can dye your strings with colored candles. -
A Baltimore Bionic
Submitted by Max in Baltimore
I read E-Lacrosse all the time and get most of my inspiration there too. I was looking for a stringing with a high pocket that didn't allow for much ball rattle and was experimenting for hours until I came up with this. The larger area in the middle holds the ball very well and is excellent for fakes. There is also not much whip and the speed of my shot increased dramatically. The dye job I also did myself in honor of my school colors. CITY FOREVER!
1st Things 1st
Submitted by Matt
When you are stringing a custom pocket, string the two leathers together first instead of attaching the leathers to the sidewalls. This lets you make sure the pocket will be as deep as you want it and shaped how you want it. When attaching the two leathers to the sidewall, you should do both sides at the same time and count how many times you make loops and tie knots. This makes sure that the pocket is even and holds the proper shape. Make sure you take your time. If you don't, you might wind up spending more time fixing the pocket than you actually had to.
Submitted by Dave
Hey this is a picture of my hype. The pocket is new and although not all the elements are new the top is my own design.
In a pinch? Use the sink. Submitted by Walter
I've been playing lax for 6 years and have tried many different ways to pinch my head. If you have a sink where the water gets really hot, just tie up your stick like you would to bake it and drop it in the hottest water for a few hours, refreshing the hot water often. Then stick it in your fridge for a day. Putting it in the fridge rather than the freezer lets the head retain more strength.
I am 17 and play in Kansas. I wanted something that could shoot quick and accurately and also be good on face offs. So I pinched it and strung in a Trakker pro piece. I figured I would make it look good too.
Blue Sky Submitted by Ashton
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