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What's Your Favorite Stringing Style?
There are a lot of different stringing styles to choose from, so it’s important to find one specifically designed for your position. Choosing the right style can greatly improve your game and give you a solid advantage on the field. Depending on your position and skill, you may want more or less whip, consistent hold or quick release.
We asked five MLL athletes their favorite style of pocket and shooting strings:
Ohio Machine. Attack/Midfield
I use the new limited edition Super Power + head and a Stallion 500 shaft. My favorite style of stringing is a low pocket, with a nylon and two shooting strings across the top and a "U" lower down. Although it seems to be a bit less popular, I've always liked the low pocket because it helps the ball stay extremely secure when carrying. My stick's whip is about a 6 out of 10.
Boston Cannons. Attack
I look for a stick that has some whip, which helps get the ball out of the stick quickly when I shoot. I like the top string to be a little loose so the ball clicks off the top of the stick or nylon. I use a mid-pocket so the ball finds the channel and releases from the stick right when I want it to. The double “V” in my stick allows for extra hold and ball security. It also helps throw tight passes and shoot with pinpoint accuracy.
Florida Launch. Defense
I use the STX Hammer, which is the perfect head for any defensive lacrosse player. It’s stiff, durable, great on groundballs, and just wide enough to where I feel like I can get an advantage picking off and deflecting passes.
As a close defenseman, the most important part of stringing is consistency. Whether I'm throwing a long cross-field pass or hitting a middie streaking up the field, I want something that I can be confident with to throw hard, sharp passes. I’ve experimented with a variety of string variations over the years, but I love the consistency of three shooters across the top with no “U's” or “V's”. Playing in Boca Raton, Florida, as you can imagine, becomes very hot and humid. The three shooters across the top allow me to be consistent even in the extreme heat. I also like my pocket a little higher, in the upper middle of the head, which allows me to maintain a solid level of hold.
Ohio Machine. Midfield
My favorite stringing style is a mid-high pocket with two hockey lace “U’s” and one straight nylon for the shooter setup. My stick’s whip is around a 4 out of 10 and its hold is about 7 out of 10.
Boston Cannons. Midfield
The most important part of a pocket for me is making sure the stringing and release of the ball stays consistent. For this reason, I go with a high pocket and 2 or 3 shooting strings. I don’t usually use a “V”, because I want to get the ball in and out quickly without it getting stuck too low.
I use an STX Surgeon 500 head and since I string my own sticks, I know the exact holes I put the sidewall strings through to get the amount of hold and feel I need. I string the pocket very tightly across the top of the head so the ball doesn’t hit the top of the plastic and so that the pocket doesn’t lose any tension as I break it in.