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Lacrosse Stick Stringing FAQs
What should I use in my pocket?
Hard - Fairly easy to break in and will hold its pocket pretty well in poor weather. Provides great hold and good shot speed. Most popular mesh on all levels. It is easier to maintain than traditional. Also, Hard mesh is much easier to string than traditional.
Soft - Uncoated mesh that is extremely easy to break in. Provides great hold and descent shot speed but is less durable than most other mesh.
Diamond (5,6,7,8,10)- Basic principle is the larger the diamond (5= largest diamonds, 10=smallest diamonds) the easier it is to string and break in. Along the same lines, 5-Diamond has more hold and usually doesn’t shoot as fast as 8-Diamond.
Traditional - Leather material that is harder to maintain and string than your typical mesh. However, once strung correctly, some argue you can’t beat the feel and shot speed.
Dura - Very similar to hard mesh. Breaks in well, descent hold and descent shot speed.
Canadian - Canadian made mesh (Marc). Has a substance (marc butter) spread over it to increase the hold and feel of the mesh. Breaks in very quickly and is great in any type of weather.
American - Same feel as soft mesh but just thicker. This allows the pocket to say intact through wet or cold weather better than the normal soft mesh.
Catapultion - Similar to hard mesh but thicker. Pocket will be hard to break in but will endure harsh weather and last longer than typical hard mesh.
10D HT Nylon Hard- Traditional 10 diamond nylon mesh constructed of High Tenacity nylon for great durability and coated with our toughest acrylic/latex coating for a mesh that starts hard and stays hard.
10D HT Nylon Half-Hard- Traditional 10 diamond nylon mesh constructed of High Tenacity nylon for great durability and latex coated for improved water resistance without over hardening.
10D HT Nylon Soft- 10 diamond HT Nylon mesh uncoated. Excellent durability in a soft mesh.
High - The pocket for the more advanced player. Higher pockets provide a quicker release and are ideal for the player who dishes out assists. The ability to hold the ball with a vertical cradle is limited.
Mid - The popular pocket choice on any level. Middle pockets provide good ball retention and a descent release. This is a great pocket for shooters who are looking to light up the cage.
Low - Popular pocket for attackmen and players looking to carry the ball a lot. Low pockets provide great ball retention but the release will be slower than that of the Mid or High pocket. Great for players looking to be a dodger and ball carrier.
Mesh v. Traditional?
The benefits of mesh over traditional pockets are simple. The vast majority of stick technicians can fix or restring a mesh pocket easier and faster than traditional. We have watched the trend to mesh over the years and it is remarkable. The reason, in addition to the one mentioned already, is the advent of hard mesh gives many of the benefits of traditional (i.e. pocket conformity) without the problem associated with maintaining a traditional pocket. Hard mesh pockets break in quicker and are not as susceptible to weather. When leather gets wet, the pocket stretches and sags and when they dry, they get stiff and tight. Soft mesh is easier for beginners but will "bag out" with hard passes at higher levels of the game. In conclusion, this is just our opinion of what we see as the popular choice for players. It is important to understand that every player is different and therefore every player has a certain product that works the best for them.
How about shooting laces?
Hockey laces or bootlaces have become the shooting laces of choice by most players. There is more to this simple aspect of a lacrosse stick than you might realize including what the laces are made of. We have chosen synthetic fibers for our laces in order to provide the best shooting strings (Cotton holds too much water in rainy conditions). More importantly, the shooting strings are the key to proper ball release and can be adjusted to get that individual feeling for the ball coming out off the head.