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By Max McCool|
The Word is an evolved Revolving Doerr Pocket which was a pocket featured way back in January of '99. It was strung by Bryce Geiman of Westminster, MD. It uses repeated loops off the sidewall to make the sides of the pocket, and is anchored with a solid channel down the middle. This might take a while to string, and perhaps even longer to really pound it in, but in the end it'll be worth it.
- A Ton of Nylon
- 2 Leathers
- Sidewall Strings
Step 1: Sidewalls
String the sidewalls as you normally would keeping them as tight to the plastic as you can. It will be hard to keep this one legal if you don't.
When you get both sidewall strings in, cut two even pieces of nylon, both like 2.5 feet long. Run it through a different hole than your sidewall, if possible, and go over the sidewall string like you would with a regular traditional overlap. BUT, after you make that one, go back under the sidewall string and do the reverse of what you just did, so it looks like the picture. This is the knot you will have to master for this string job. Pull the knot pretty tight.
After you get that knot, give the string a little slack, just enough for a thumb-sized loop, and repeat the same process again on the middle of the next sidewall section. Do this string evenly for both sides. As you go down your stick, make sure your loops are evenly spaced, doing eight in all. Rely on the pictures to know how many loops to put on each section of sidewall.
When you have both sides done, and they're even, we move on to the next row. It should take roughly the same amount of nylon, so again cut two identical lengths and pick a side to start on. The Evo Pro this was strung in has a lot of holes near the scoop, which lets you run all the strings from a different hole. If this is possible, go for it. If not, try starting multiple strings in the same hole, and just slacken it until you can loop down. With these strings you've cut, start again at the top and this time go straight to the first loop you made with the first pair of nylons. Again, do the knot. Make loops in between all the loops you already have, for a total of 12 on each side. These loops need to be a little smaller than the first row. Try and make everything as tight as you can, keeping all of the knots the same.
The final row of loops is next, do it as you did the first two rows. Start in an empty hole if you can, if not, you can start this row in the outside leather hole of the scoop. String up 13 loops on each side, again going in between every loop you already have. You're not going to want your sides to able to touch in the middle unless your head is really pinched. If they do, try and make all your loops smaller, because otherwise your pocket might turn into a windsock.
Step 3: Leathers
Tired of doing that three times? We move next to the inner leathers, which we want to run down the middle loosely. If you have a ball to measure out the depth, give yourself plenty of room to break it in. It will get deeper.
With the leathers in, start another nylon either in its own hole, like in the pictures, or by tying a hitch knot around the leathers. Go back to the first loop of your sides, and again do the knot. However, this time when you come back, wrap the nylon around the leather, and come back down through to the next loop. Give the string enough slack to keep the leather in the middle of the head, and keep both sides looking the same. Go back and forth, alternating knots until you reach the bottom. When you get to the bottom, you have options. You can either end it through the outer leather hole, Cutting a hole in the leather, or sending it through the same hole as the inner leathers. This is easier if you take the leather out, put the nylon in first, and the cut the leather end more angled and pull it through. That will keep both in there real well.
Lastly, we weave up the middle with a traditional back and forth idea. Start with a hitch knot on one of your leathers, or in the middle hole as shown here. Go back and forth between the leathers, going through the nylon already on the leather. If you want to get creative, you can always throw a pita twist down the middle, but try and keep the middle leathers comfortably close together. The other thing you want to keep in mind is minimizing whip. If you string it with the pocket relatively low or right below the middle, you will have less of a problem with the ball getting stuck. The diamonds you end up with will be pretty small, and this is good.
Step 7: Shooting Strings
Here we're going to start with a nylon shooter up top, keeping it relatively tight. Throw in three more hockey laces and pull them how you want them. This lets everyone make it throw how they want it to. If there's too much whip, you need to string the pocket more towards the bottom. If done right, it throws like a champ.
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