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A lot of people break mesh in too much or can’t find a way to break it in.
Some people say patience is the way to break in your mesh. I say that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. When you get mesh, stretch it out a little, just big enough to be able string it to the side walls. After you have strung it like you always do, grab hair conditioner (like you use in the shower), a baseball, a butter knife, and a bucket of water. It helps if the conditioner is really cheap, or non-name brand. Those are said to be greasier, bad for your hair but better for your mesh. Take the mesh and start to rub a little of the conditioner where you want the pocket. Keep applying the conditioner repeatedly and dunk every 2 or 3 minutes in the bucket of water until it’s to your liking. When you can, start to use the baseball to break it in and try and get to the point where the baseball can be put in the mesh with a butter knife. – Submitted by Panda

Stick Tech Q&A with your host Justin Skaggs

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I started goalie last season and I really like it, but I want to dispel a myth. Dying your heads doesn’t mess up goalies at all. It doesn’t confuse us, and we know the ball is still in your stick. Good goalies will watch the ball when you shoot, not your stick. White on white is the best in my opinion because it blends in with the ball.

It’s time for the 2009 E-lacrosse Stick Dying Contest! The deadline for entry is August 1, 2009. We will choose the very best dye job submitted and showcase the stick and it’s designer right here on E-Lacrosse in September!

Entries should include:
• Pictures of the head in its pre-dyed but prepared state (with stickers, glue or whatever)
• Pictures of the completed head for judging
• Description text of how you did it, your concept and what you call the dye job.
• Your full name and address, including permanent e-mail address
• A sentence that says your parents know about you entering the contest and are ok with it.
Send your entries to john@tonabricks.com

We will announce the great prizes from STX soon!  An extra prize will be awarded the to the best dye on an STX stick.

The contest is for individual stringers and not for Lacrosse stores and kids who just buy a head at a store already dyed. Parents may participate with their kids as long as that is disclosed. We know kids are better at this anyway. Remember that dyes can be messy and even ruin things like countertops, furniture etc if done carelessly. Pick an appropriate area to do your work, ask FIRST, and be careful! Send as many entries as you like. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

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’!

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