Welcome to the Drop Top Challenge for String League!
When a player wants to shorten the length of their pocket, effectively quickening the release, then a Dropped Top String is a good option. This stringing style has taken hold over the last few years. Many, including yours truly, credit the Native American stringing community with the popularization of this technique.
Connor Wilson, the face of Lacrosse All-Stars, focused the String Leaguers’ creativity towards creating their own version of the dropped top string design. Any long term pocket stringer will tell you that most of the eccentric stringing techniques don’t actually serve a purpose. It is easy to come across something that “looks cool” but does very little to aid the player.
Whenever I see an incredibly complex pocket design, I stop to ask myself, “Is that just for show or does it change how the pocket works?”
The dropped top string design is one of the rare instances where something is both visually unique, and functionally significant. Our stringers were tasked to make a functional pocket, while pushing the creativity of the pockets.
Drop Top Challenge – String League
In an attempt to win the 4th competition of Season 2, last week’s winner @Richie_b_77 modeled his color scheme after a can of Arizona tea, McLaxstrings went very patriotic, and FLStringer threw a star at the top of a decked out traditional. Over all the creativity was tremendous.
The leader board has switched for the first time all season. Richie_b_77 moved up with the points he took from second place, knocking @flstringer to a close second.
There are two more weeks left in the challenge. Next episode we head south to Maryland. Greg over at East Coast Dyes will be testing the stringers on their ability to use micro mesh, an old and abandoned piece of pocket technology.
Check out older episodes of String League, HERE.