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Traditional Thursday: Stringing Twin Pockets

Stringing twin pockets can be a simple task if you’re using two of the exact same head. If you’re using two different heads, and you want to have the same pocket in both heads, you will need to think out the process a little bit and then try your best to string the same pocket in both plastic heads.

Here are some tips and tricks for Stringing Twin Pockets of the traditional variety!

Stringing Twin Pockets – Head Choice

Let’s start off with the canvases we’re using, and in this case, those canvases are lacrosse heads.

Ideally, you will want two heads that are the exact same. Got an Evo4? Get another Evo4. But maybe you can’t do that for whatever reason, or just don’t want to. Don’t despair, now you just need to look for two really similar heads!

For example, you could string a Warrior Revo and a Brine Cyber or Edge in much the same way. You could also use a UA Vital head and a UA Mercenary head, and get pretty close. For this post, I strung a Warrior Noz and a Maverik Optik with the same pocket, because both heads are winder towards the bottom and taper off towards the scoop. I could not string a Noz and an Epoch Hawk the same way because the two heads’ sidewall thickness are so different. I could make those two heads “brothers”, but not “twins”.

Stringing Twin Pockets – Sidewall

As you can see below, the Noz and Optik are similar, but also quite different. Scoop holes for leathers are in different spots, the sidewalls are different and the Optik has a lot more holes, and even the bottom holes for tying off are different.

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Since the Noz has many fewer sidewall holes, I strung that stick first. Then I recreated the same sidewall pattern and spacing in the Optik as best I could. With traditional, you can move sidewall knots just a little and it shouldn’t impact the pocket at all. With mesh, this is simply not possible as small changes can make big differences when it comes to sidewall knots and placement.

Stringing Twin Pockets – Leathers

If you’re not stringing these pockets in the same head, be SURE that you are using the same materials! I used all white crosslace, sidewall, and shooting string, because different color string can have different types of feel. The most important thing is to use the SAME type of leathers. I used all white Throne of String leathers in both of these pockets. The same type of leather is truly important, and the most important raw material portion of the pocket!

Stringing Twin Pockets – Crosslace

Both Pita pockets use the same materials, and I consistently used the same number of twists in both center tracks. Starting at the top of the center track, I used 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4 twists on the Noz. I then followed that same exact pattern on the Optik.

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The sticks look VERY similar, but there are some slight differences to them. How many differences can you find in these fraternal twin pockets?

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Stringing Twin Pockets takes time, practice, and an eye for detail. It’s easiest when done in the exact same head with the exact same materials. If you can’t find the same head to string, then find a SIMILAR head, and make those small adjustments. Try to get the basics (leather placement, sidewalls, etc) as close as you can. Then string the same pocket in both and hit the wall!

These sticks are going up to Nathan White at OCC. I’m hoping he enjoys his fraternal twin pita pockets. They look good to me!