This week I’m sticking to the blue and orange theme that I went with in last week’s Braided Top Shooter. I love the triangle top string. I love the way it looks. I love the way it keeps the ball from hitting plastic and I love the fact that you get to use two different colored top strings to customize your pocket a bit. This week I decided to get a little tricky with what I am calling the Two Triangle Top String. The Two Triangle Top String is essentially the same thing as a triangle top string.
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This week I thought I would mix it up a bit and throw together a top shooter tutorial.
I got a lot of positive feedback on last week’s photo tutorial so I’m sticking to it this week with a photo tutorial for a braided top shooting string. This shooter was introduced to me by the one and only Jeff Brunelle, and what I love about it is that the braided top shooter plays a lot like a dropped top string.
For this week’s Top String Tuesday, I wanted to bring you something special in honor of Veteran’s Day and the good ol’ US of A. Now, I can’t take credit for the creation of this top string. Our very own Michael Allen sent me a photo and suggested it may make a great TST… He was right, obviously, so I wanted to break it down through an easy to follow photo tutorial. I am a visual learner and felt that with the ins and outs of this top string it would be best to stay away from the video this week and just take you through step by step so that you can follow along at your own pace.
Over the past few weeks we have been digging into what I call the “dropped top string.” Two weeks ago I strung up a Huron Top String and last week I showed you how to string a quick and easy Iroquois Top String. This week I’m teaming up with the one and only, big Billy Nguyen to bring you a fresh take on the how and why one might string a pita or traditional pocket with a dropped top string….
This week I will walk you through my approach to stringing an Iroquois top string. Like the Huron top string, the Iroquois top string features what I call a “dropped top string”.
Learn how to string a Huron top string from Andrew Ratzke of Lacrosse All Stars. Huron top string tutorial.
The Warrior Dolomite 13 shaft is one of the lightest shafts on the market right now. Designed to provide players with maximum performance without the weight of heavier metal blends, this shaft is both sturdy and good looking.
The STX Proton Power has been a classic ever since Paul Rabil rocked the blue, black and white versions of the head at Hopkins. While it was designed to score, this head can do it all.
Here are some reasons why you would string a dropped top string types of pocket. You can take it or leave it, but its important to know how the pockets will impact your stick before you take the time to put one in.
The Triangle Top String (TTS) is easily one of my favorite top stringing methods. It’s a slight spin-off of a typical 9-diamond top string, but I have found that it keeps the mesh tighter to the top of your lacrosse head, which really helps prevent the ball from hitting plastic.
Created as a potential solution to the new college lacrosse head and shooting string rules, the Chenango Top String causes a really tight channel and a natural “U” in your shooters.
Andrew Ratzke checks out the STX’s newest defensive masterpiece, the Hammer U head.
Sam Bradman can flat out score, and while we all know a good player can play with just about any stick, he must be doing something special with his stringing. Fortunately for us, STX just wrapped up a three part stringing series in which Bradman teaches viewers how to lace up a gamer like his.
Ratzke returns with a review of the third of four shafts from Epoch Lacrosse.
In part two of the Epoch reviews, Ratzke checks out the Dragonfly C30 shaft by Epoch Lacrosse. Looking for a new shaft? Maybe this is the one.
Andrew Ratzke checks out the Dragonfly X30 shaft by Epoch Lacrosse. How will this carbon stick stand up to Ratzke’s testing?
Gear Expert Andrew Ratzke checks out the Brine LoPro Superlight Mid shoulder pads. Will these Superlight pads be a Super hit, or Super miss?
We got our hands on the Brine King IV Arm Pads, how will they rank compared to the rest of the King IV line?
Andrew Ratzke tests out the STX Surgeon head to see how it will meet the new NCAA rules for the upcoming season of lacrosse.
Andrew Ratzke stops by to review the M80 X Lacrosse Head by Warrior. Will it fall short of his expectations or blow ‘em away?