To get things going in Connor Versus again, we kept it local, and took on Joe Williams of Throne of String for Episode 4 of this ongoing series. We dueled it out lacrosse style on his rooftop in Brooklyn, used wooden sticks, and had a blast.
Welcome to Throwback Thursday! Today’s post will focus on wooden lacrosse sticks, but there is so much more to say and see that a video was quite simply required.
Was there a lot of traditional at the World Lacrosse Championships? Yes there was, and I figured there would be at least a bit, but in the end there was WAY MORE TRADITIONAL than I thought there would be.
Recently Rochester native, Joe Walters, sent his unreleased Maverik Optik head to me and the guys at Throne of String for some tender loving care.
The Six Shooter Pocket tutorial has been long awaited, and requested many times over, and now… it’s finally here! The Six Shooter has been around for a long time, and while most people today know about it because Miles Thompson used this pocket last year at Albany, the pocket has been around for a long time, and it’s a total classic.
Welcome to a Baby Oil Leather Traditional Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to weatherproof your leathers at home using the all important baby oil. It’s a tried and tested method, and I learned it from Jeremy Thompson, so you know it’s good. The genesis of this conversation followed an MLL game between the New York Lizards […]
I’m back with another “how-to” video, and this time around it’s a traditional lacrosse pocket tutorial. This video focuses on the single string method of stringing or netting a traditional diamond leather lacrosse pocket. I used a matte grey Gait Recon XL Universal spec head from Gait Lacrosse, bright orange cross lace, white leathers, white sidewall, and four shooting strings. It’s about as six diamond as a six diamond gets!
I used goalie leathers from Stick Doctor as my four leather runners. I used the original cat gut sidewall, and was even able to salvage original leather from the pocket to re-attach the cat gut to the wooden wall. I then used about 26 feet of cross lace to string the tight ten-diamond pocket.
Recently we received an email from a reader asking us if we’d be willing to put together a tutorial for a Kobra pocket. After scanning the interwebs for a few hours I decided to dive into a twist (pun intended) on a Kobra. Below is my take on what it seems like people are calling a Kobra Lite pocket.
After each year of NCAA Lacrosse rolls to a stop, we go through and find all the D1 players we can, who use traditionally strung lacrosse sticks. It can be a regular six or eight diamond pocket, a pita pocket, or something crazier… as long as it uses leather and string, it’s eligible!
Should we really call this type of traditional the “Miles Thompson Pocket”? He is surely not the first person to use it, and his brother, Jerome, strings it for him. It doesn’t matter. Miles is so hot right this has to be the MT2 Pocket. It just has to be!
I started looking at old dropped top strings that I had strung up and then dove into the depths of the interwebs to see what other people had done up. I think that one issue I have had with stringing a dropped top string like an Iroquois Top String is getting the tension right. I came across a Vertical Twist Dropped Top String and decided I would do a tutorial on how I strung mine up.
I got to know Julian Maliszewski at this year’s Ales Hrebesky Memorial, and I asked this dominant face off man why he used a traditional pocket. We got to talking, and I wasn’t shocked to find out that Julian knew a lot about the art of leather and string, so I sent him some questions about his pocket, and face off guys using traditional, and Julian crushed out some awesome answers. He also sent over some photos of the heads and pockets he uses.
You can find the #TraditionalThursday contest winner at the bottom of the post, and in between, enjoy a little traditional lacrosse stringing action where we offer up a weird pocket, answer reader questions, drop a new contest and offer a new prize!
Stylin’ Strings is in the hunt for an intern for the summer of 2014!