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 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!
The 8-Diamond traditional pocket is a classic. When done right, it creates a sturdy and reliable traditional pocket, and while it takes some time to break in, once it’s ready to go it will be your favorite stick ever. Or not. You’ll never know until you give one a try!
Last week a reader asked about pointers for spacing out the middle leathers on a Pita Pocket. I am sure there is a long list of strategies for adding space to the middle leathers, and with a little creativity, I tried to test out a few.
A few weeks back, Connor dropped a Metrik ton of traditional on us. His use of box knots and his variations on some pretty traditional… well traditional pockets, got me thinking about stringing up a new pocket for myself. I just so happened to have a Proton Power laying around so I went about twisting something up.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do, but I wanted to add on another color of cross lace, and do something a little weird and wacky, for no other reason than to have fun. I ended up producing the first ever (as far as I know) ‘S’ Flair Pocket!
I strung up a standard 8 diamond traditional pocket in this Maverik Metrik and used Paracord. Then I went to play some wall ball with it. How was it different from a regular traditional pocket? Would I recommend trying Paracord in your next pocket?
Welcome to Traditional Thursday! We’ve been showing off some of these super hot half mesh, half traditional pockets over on our Instagram account, but we got some requests for a video explaining the pockets (and of course showing them off) just a bit more.
To celebrate our new traditional head partnership with Stylin Strings we’re going to give away an original traditional pocket, strung by yours truly! You’ll get your pick of the four heads below if you win, and if you don’t, you can still pick one up from the SSLAX crew!
LAS Partner, Maverik Lacrosse, was nice enough to hook me up with a couple of their new Metrik heads to string up and I have to be honest… I’m loving how these heads string up! Whether it’s mesh or leathers, it’s an easy head to string and the Universal face shape is definitely a favorite of mine already.
I recently strung up a bunch of women’s sticks for some local girls in NYC and Ted Glynn. Instead of throwing out the center track, I recycled it and experimented with it in a men’s lacrosse head.