Lacrosse superstar Bill O’Brien’s sport aspirations didn’t actually start with lacrosse. This athletic mastermind entered college at Sacred Heat University as a football player. Now, as a veteran of multiple pro lacrosse teams, Bill is currently training for the Can-Am Lacrosse Tournament.
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Bill O’Brien and and his brother Kong are highly active on social media. They push positivity, steadfastness and camaraderie. Bill, who’s playing style, defined in traditional hockey lingo, would be somewhere close to an enforcer with a splash of a goon when needed. Kong plays big body box lacrosse and you can see him comfortably utilizing positioning to move the ball as he sees fit. These are the guys you want to test out a product. So, what were the results?
From my conversation with each of the lads, I learned more about their needs. Kong got a longer head than his brother. It just so happened that I was experimenting with this design when the boys and I were starting to talk about this project. In the shop, I called this design the BS-MOD-2. From Kong, I got little notes regarding any needed changes. I think I read his needs correctly, and I will be replicating his stick almost identically for his back up. I think I will be returning to my smaller head shape (BS-MOD-1), and I look forward to hearing which one he prefers. I can always do something custom.
Bill was an interesting case. It provided a solid learning experience. Bill got a very light stick from the batch I had made up. The weight of the stick is directly correlated with the density of the stave, which is a derivative of the width of the growth rings. He was fond of the initial short-headed model BS-MOD-1 that I was carrying with me at the convention, and there was only one of those left. So I made the decision that functionality would be preferred over density, and for the most part, it worked out. I appreciated the positive feedback on the handling of the stick, but in game two, the big man fractured the shaft. He also said he was used to sticks that were super heavy, so his second one will have to be the heaviest one I have in the batch.
My main takeaways are that I will be going back to the short-headed model. I think it carries best and the balance is easier to manage. I can maintain a high density and continue to have a great balance. Also, always give the big man a mallet rather than a hammer.