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|BY Mark Krastel|
The Wide Ride is a big channel coiled traditional with a quick release and great control. You'll need the basic materials in a traditional kit and it's about as hard as a traditional pocket to string. Even though we know you won't do it, this is a great time to read all the directions before starting. You may want to slice holes in the bottoms of your inside leathers before starting. Now you have to read through to find out why and where.
Difficult for beginners but not so hard for the experienced - Same as a traditional!
- 2 Or 4 Leathers. You only need two. We'll have you destroy 2 of the leathers at the last step if you use 4.
- 2 Sidewall Nylons 15 inches long
- 2 Shorter pieces of pocket Nylon 20 to 24 inches long
1 Long piece of pocket Nylon, maybe 60 inches or longer
Shooting String. Number of shooting strings depends on the length and how many you are going to put in your stick.
It is a good idea to have a pair of Needle Nose Pliers, Lighter, and a way to cut the leather.
Step 1: Prepare your materials
It is not necessary to stretch your leathers. I do not, because stretching the leather is going to make it weaker. However if you like to stretch the leather run it under hot water and stretch while the leather is hot. Where it seems pertinent, these instructions are given stringing from the back of the head.
Leathers & Sidewalls
The leathers are put in just like any other traditional stick. The spacing is the same. The first time you string this pocket four leathers is easier during a few steps. Eventually it's really easy with just two from the start. The sidewall also goes in like a regular traditional stick. Put them in to your personal preference.
Step 3: Outer Nylon
Tie one of the shorter strings to the sidewall of the lacrosse stick. You are going to take the other end that is not tied and go around the leather. If you are using four leathers go around two leathers here. This is the same motion used when stringing a regular traditional stick. Take the nylon and go over the leather, then wrap it back under the leather and over the nylon on the way to the sidewall again. Connect the nylon to the side wall the same way as the leather and continue down the head. The spacing of your nylon is important and depends on your personal preference. The larger the spaces, the better the hold on the ball and the more whip in your pass and shot. You are going to continue your nylon to the bottom of the stick. Once you get to the bottom tie the nylon to the sidewall string. Do the exact same thing on the other side of the head. Remember to keep your spacing even on both sides of the stick.
Pull the Nylon through the top of the two inner leathers. Make sure both sides are even once you pull the nylon through. Twist both sides of the nylon back to the center. This will create a coil between the two inner leathers. Once the coils meet each other twist the two sides of the nylon together towards the bottom of the stick and keep twisting. Once you've twisted as far as the next outer nylon loop around the leather, take each end of the nylon around the leathers again on each side, interlocking with the outer nylon as shown and twist back to the middle. The interlocking technique is the same one used when stringing regular traditional sticks. Make sure to twist even coils on both sides throughout, maintaining symmetry. Each time you meet in the middle, you are going to twist your way down the stick again to the next loop. Continue to do this till you get to the bottom of the stick. When you get to the bottom, do not tie the nylon off.
Forming the Pocket
The first step in forming the pocket is to loosen up the leathers. If you used four leathers while stinging the pocket, now cut away the 2 outer leathers without cutting anything else! For the next step I used a baseball bat, but you can use whatever you normally use to get a pocket in your lacrosse head. Once you get the pocket formed to your liking, twist the middle nylon down towards the bottom of the head and tie them off around the two leathers. You can slice holes for this if you like, but don't mess it up.
Step 7: Shooting Strings
Once again this is personal preference. I went with three shooting strings. I made the shooting string at the top of the head the tightest, and the second and third gradually looser. This gives you a smooth release, and the ball doesn't get caught up on any of the shooting strings when you throw.
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