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For the past couple years I have been stringing heads. I have been playing lacrosse for my entire life. Lately, I have been experimenting with custom stringing, with variations of the McCools’ Grunk and Big word. Just in the past day or so, I have made three pockets that look ridiculous and throw amazingly. I ran out of cross lace for the pockets, so I strung all the heads w/ sidewall string, which I have found makes the pocket incredibly durable and holds a pocket amazingly. I’m not sure what I can do with these but I have been told that they show promise. Thanks for looking.

  1. A variation of the g-string pocket, a little pita, and a snook.
  2. The McCool Big Word knot sides with a pita in the middle
  3. A variation of The Grunk by McCool with a couple of my own twists

-James

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Here is a head I have dyed, pinched and, strung. The reason I did so many coils is because my mesh is too soft. Your site rocks! – Kenny

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Stringing Lacrosse Heads

This STX Bionic is the first head I ever strung, which I did with hard mesh. I was scared to start at first because I wasn’t sure how I would do, but it was a lot easier than I thought. The pocket is very shallow, as I have not yet made a pocket.

The second stick was the first lacrosse stick I ever bought, a girl’s Gait Impulse. I did not know that it was a girl’s stick at the time since I was new to lacrosse. I was tired of the “traditional” pocket it came with, and decided to replace it. I put in the mesh from the old pocket on the Bionic, but the mesh was wider than the head, so I decided to do a “Landing Strip”-type pocket. Well since this was the second pocket I ever strung, I am somewhat proud of myself. It has a deeper pocket than it had with the old pocket (although it still isn’t that deep) and it throws with less whip.

I also have a tip for pinching a new head. If you have a new head and have not yet broken in the pocket, just do the “butter knife” method to make a pocket, and pinch the head at the same time. Drop it in a plugged up sink with some almost-boiling water for about 10-15 minutes, then drain the sink. Fill the sink again with cold water and let it sit for about 15 more minutes, add some ice cubes to the water if you wish. Afterward, you’ll have a nice pocket and a nice pinch!

Thanks for the site. Without it I would have never restrung these heads. – Taylor

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The Reader Tips Blog will be filled with tech tips from our readers from the beginning to the advanced level. We won’t worry too much if they are repetitive or a little crazy. We’ll just let the feedback that each tip gets speak for itself, although we do require politeness. Remember that kids of all ages are on here and you should never really put down a fellow lacrosse fanatic, which is what you are.

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Turning Soft Mesh Into Hard Mesh

I’ve been playing lacrosse for 4 years now in Ottawa and I play both field and box. I found your site a couple years back when I was looking for a way to break in my new stick and it’s helped me then and lots of times after. My first tip is how to turn soft mesh into hard mesh. I know some people say take out the mesh from your stick and boil it in different substances like sugar or something, but if you use a bit of hairspray all over your mesh you can change your stick to hard mesh in no time. This method also doesn’t involve unstringing your stick and restringing it, and you don’t have to wait to let your mesh dry. My second tip is when pinching a head, boiling water is the way to go. - Luke

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Getting a Good Grip on Your Stick

First off I’d like to say that I love your site! I have a good tip that apparently is used by lots of players in Maryland. Lots of players like to tape their stick in the sweet spot where their top hand goes when they shoot. Next time you do this, before you put tape on that area, roll some up to form a “string” and spiral it around your stick where you want grip, and then tape over it. It gives a good grip for your fingers if you space the spirals about one inch apart. This is also a good trick at the top of your stick right under the head, and works best with thick cloth tape. -Jacob

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Don’t Throw Out That Broken Head

I keep old broken heads as a great way for testing new dye colors or ideas. Whenever you want to try something new, do it first on a head that won’t be missed if the dye turns out bad. If you see a teammate completely break a stick or know of anyone with old heads lying around, grab them to use. -Patrick

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Chemo/Shure Shot Pocket

First off, I just wanted to say your site is great. It has helped me get a lot of different ideas over the years. Here are some pictures of a slight variation of a chemo/Shure shot pocket that I did. Enjoy! - Josiah from Cary, NC

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 1

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 1

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 2

Chemo/Shure shot pocket 2

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Stick Your Head in the Freezer!

I am a junior in high school. I have dyed almost 20 heads for friends and family. Until recently, I always got frustrated trying to peel off all the stickers, hot glue, etc. that was on the now-dyed stick. Then I thought of the solution. Once I have rinsed the head and activated the dye, I dry the head with a paper towel, put the head in a sealed freezer bag, and put the bag in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. The hot glue will literally fall off the head because it becomes so brittle. The glue that holds stickers and tape on also freezes and comes off easily and with no mess. - Patrick

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