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E-Lacrosse Stick Tech Q&A with Justin Skaggs #8 - Stick Dying

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In this Stylin’ Strings Q&A Justin talks mesh.

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Stylin’ Strings Q&A with Justin Skaggs

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Stylin’ Strings Q&A with your host Justin Skaggs

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Hey I just dyed and strung for my first time and it looks great. I used old strings from my brothers broken stick but it turned out great. Thanks for all the tips on stick tech. They really helped! Submitted by  Oliver.

 

homemade wooden shaft

 

I’ve attached a few pics of a stick I built. I made the shaft out of hickory and dyed and strung the head (Gait Chaos). The shaft has a hollow core. It’s light and durable. The shaft in the picture was used by my son last season. I sanded it, put on a new coat of stain and painted it for his new look. Submitted by Rich

Italia head

Stick Tech Q&A with your host Justin Skaggs

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Stick Tech Q&A with your host Justin Skaggs

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Hello my name is Steve. I am 19 and play with the A.L.L. team New Jersey Thunder. I just want to clear up a few misconceptions young laxers have.

1) Whip is not a magical tool used to make a shot faster. the only way to make your shot faster is through proper exercise and practicing proper technique.

2) Every lax head is designed and engineered differently, on top of that technique is different from person to person…so it’s safe to say a pocket that works for one person with a certain stick won’t most likely work for another person with a different stick.

3) The best head for you isn’t necessarily the $80+ head!!! You won’t believe it but I went through more than 20 different heads with more pocket variations than I can remember before I came across the jewel I use now - a brine rocket. I told you that you wouldn’t believe it but it really is spot on for me! On top of being one of the cheapest heads out there the mesh is old hard mesh stung by my little brother. It was his first string job and it’s awful but hey, it works! What I’m basically saying is don’t go out and buy all the greatest stuff you can find. It’s actually better to go cheap cause who cares if it breaks if you only spent $40.

4) Now that you have an ideal stick in mind and maybe even leaning against the wall in the corner of your room do yourself a favor that will guarantee success…DONT CHANGE IT!!! If you can pass, catch and shoot with the stick you have now, then don’t even think about restringing it or buying a different stick! The longer you use the same set up the better you will get! That simple! I know a guy using an original warrior blade that he got when they first came out and he is still using it to this day every time he practices or plays in a game. I have seen dozens of college sticks and a few pro’s sticks and there is nothing special that makes it any better than your own they are better not because they spent over $200 on equipment, they are better because they practiced all year round either with clubs or by themselves and train their bodies to compete at their level of play.

I hope I have delivered some good advice to young players. Keep Laxin’!

Kasper Gallery

I’m a pretty avid reader of the site, especially the stick tech. Here are some of the heads I’ve done.

Hope you like them.

Also, here’s a good tip for getting off hot glue, which is always tricky.  Freeze the head overnight. Then pinch it with your hands while it’s still cold so the glue cracks right off.

- Kasper

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Three Good Tips

First of all, I’d like to thank you for the awesome site you have. I have probably read every article here twice. Now for the tips:

1: Instead of using ball and knife, use a medium sized face towel and multiple knives/pencils/pens or whatever you regularly use. You can form the shape of your pocket easily this way, and it solves the problem I used to get all the time with ball and knife where the base of pocket is only the size of the bottom of the ball.

2: Stretching out mesh is the most important part of stringing. If you don’t stretch your mesh enough, you will have no pocket.

3. If you dye often, set up a space in your basement or whatever where you can dye without worrying about making a mess. Get a portable electric burner so you don’t have to make trips back and forth to the stove. Get your own pot to dye in, and always have containers ready to save the dye in, so you don’t constantly need new dye.

- Charlie

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Pinching a head

I was just reading the section on pinching your heads and there’s another way to pinch your head without using the stove or places where you might melt the plastic. What I do is I prepare the head by using strings or whatever I have to pinch the head. Then I place it in boiling hot water. Usually I just put the water in the sink then leave it for an hour. Then you take it out and dry it off and it’s pinched.  - Peter

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