With Connor up in Syracuse prepping his own traditional wand for a game tonight with Team LAS against the Syracuse Stingers, I offered to take over this week’s Traditional Thursday post with a reader’s submission and my own Pita Pocket, which I have been working on a lot lately.
Earlier this week, one of our readers, Andrew, submitted a 12 diamond Pita pocket that he had strung up on a Warrior M80 head. Andrew said that he used a two ball break in technique, with the shooters going down close to the middle of the pocket to make sure the ball comes out quickly – he said this helps to reduce whip.
The nylon at the very top, along with the top shooter, are as tight as possible so that the ball won’t lip and the second and third shooters from the top are medium tight. Finally, the bottom two are as loose as possible. Andrew prefers the barrel shooters over the woven ones to keep them in place.
Nice work Andrew, I’ve honestly never seen someone use five shooters in a mesh or a traditionally-strung head, very curious to see how it throws.
Since my original masterpiece (or just the opposite), I’ve continued to string a few here and there to try and get better at it. Until last November, I was actually on the ‘Pita or die train’, swearing off mesh all spring and summer long. The other night my short attention span got the best of me and I found myself restringing an Under Armour Charge head with some flashy new crosslace.
I’m still playing around with the bottom shooter. If I pull it out, the release is too late and there isn’t enough whip. If I move it down another spot, it’s all sorts of messed up. Mainly, I’m just not a fan of it aesthetically. Any suggestions?
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