Editor’s Note: This article, originally titled, “Product Testing With Bill O’Brien And Kong,” was first published on January 16, 2019, at 1:24 p.m. ET. We’re giving the Wood Lacrosse Sticks team a break this week (they just wrapped up a great weekend at LaxCon. Take a look at the video they created about the top 5 booths at LaxCon), and thought this would be a great article to feature again. If you’d like to purchase a Box Pro wooden lacrosse stick from Justin Skaggs, you can click here to buy one.
With the development of the Skaggs Woodworks Box Pro lacrosse stick now finished, I have a unique problem that needs to be solved. How do I field test a wooden box stick? If I find that the shaft should be thicker, then BANG I just make the next ones thicker. It is not difficult to pivot on the design, but the real questions would need to be answered in the rink. So, one must be honest with themselves and ask, “Am I strong enough to fully test this cross I have produced?”
No… the answer is no I am not. But Bill O’Brien is.
I ran into Bill and Kong on the convention center hall at LaxCon and they took turns flipping around my personal BOX PRO lacrosse stick. I appreciated the confidence in the pocket and hold because they really started whipping it around, throwing fakes and busting out a few tricks. The conversation then went towards more poignant topics. They asked about the thicker sidewall, the shaft taper, the aggressive transition from the scoop to the wood wall. We connected on the ideas and theories behind the cross and I appreciated their input.
These brothers use wooden sticks whenever possible. Bill is known as an enforcer and a wooden box stick is the tool of the trade when it comes to making an attackman think twice. Who better than these two? Who else would be more appropriate to test my new sticks? So, I have started to build them their own BOX PROs for a tournament in Vegas this month. I will likely have one fresh one made and send down my personal No. 1 for that tournament. Sticks take time, so It is a risk I am willing to take.
Bill O’Brien and his jovial brother Kong are known for their positivity and their inspirational social media presence. Let this blogger tell you first hand, that is not some act for the gram. LaxCon had just ended, the Wings announcer put another black eye on the city that I call home and I was just about as tired as a fella could be. Going into the shop was not on my list of Sunday-funday plans, but their company made it a really enjoyable experience.
I am excited to have my project put through the wringer. Let’s see what we learn from the experience.