When it comes to sports, lacrosse is on the rise. It's a really fun sport that offers opportunities for flexibility, teamwork, and athletic prowess. There's a reason it has become so popular in the States now!
Still, like all sports, lacrosse takes a lot of dedication and time to fully master. A lot goes into playing the sport well, including your equipment. Did you know that your lacrosse stick can actually have a tremendous impact on how well you play? A well-strung stick can improve your shooting accuracy and the way you string it also impacts your release.
This is why it is critical to string your lacrosse stick perfectly. Unfortunately, very few players know how to string a lacrosse stick. They either trust the one that they've purchased to do the job right, even when the mesh starts to get worn and the strings lose their tautness, or they buy a new stick or pay a professional to restring their stick every time it starts to lose performance. The first option will begin to detract from your game and lower your skills. You'll start falling into a bad technique to compensate for the stick, then end up wide of your goal once you've gotten a new one. The latter option can get very expensive over time.
So, what’s the best solution? Honestly, if you are interested in playing lacrosse on any collegiate or professional level, or even as a hobby over a long period of time, the best solution is to learn how to string a lacrosse stick yourself. It’s a fairly simple technique to master, and you can use the changes in tension to your advantage. If you know you have a weakness in your game, then you can adjust the strings accordingly to help overcome that weakness by changing how a ball gets released. It’s an extremely personalized stick that was made just for you!
This article will teach you how to string a lacrosse stick. We will go over each step in detail. By the end, you will know exactly how to string your lacrosse stick without forking over tons of money for a professional job. In fact, you may just find that your game has improved!
Prepare Your Materials
First thing you’ll need to do is to prepare the materials such as the mesh; When purchasing your mesh it is best to purchase the same brand of mesh that matches your stick instead of trying more expensive brands that you think may work better. Buying the same brand guarantees that you won’t have any issues installing your mesh. After you have your mesh, but before installing; the mesh needs to be stretched out so that it will fit over your netting with ease. To do this you’ll need to grab the mesh netting between your hands and pull to stretch it. Moving your hands along the mesh on all sides to stretch it completely holding watch pull for about half a minute.
Next, you’ll want to double up one to three layers of mesh from the top by folding them down over the next layer. Make sure that each row of diamonds match the one below and that the strings lay on top of the ones below them.
You also want to knot your string on each end. Use a double knot and make it very close to the end of the string; the closer the better. This knotting is what will ensure that the other strings remain firm. Do this for all of your strings. Then, use a lighter to solidify the tips of your strings and prevent them from fraying. Take the other end of the string from your knot in your other hand and burn the fringe off the edges of the string with a lighter. The pointy tip it creates will be easier to get in and out of the holes of the stick.
Top String: How to Thread
Now look at the left side of your stick with the hold facing you; from the top down think of the first hold as 1 and the next as 2 and so on. Starting with the second hole out we will use the string. Find the second hole down from the left side of your stick. This is where you need to thread the middle-length string. Thread the burned end of your string through the hole until the knot hits the edge and prevents you from continuing through the hole.
Making sure the mesh stays tightly against one side of your head will help improve your game. This process will occur acturally if you have correctly formed the first knot.
Next, pull the string through the hole in the mesh that is underneath the original hole that you put the string through and bring it towards you. Make sure the knot is resting securely at the head of your stick. You want to make sure every knot is made with the same tightness. This will increase the effectiveness of your stick in play.
Push your string into and through the top of your leftmost hole and bring it back towards you through the connecting mesh directly below your holes. While you are pulling your knot tight, pull the string towards you. This will help to secure your knot in the right spot. You want to be sure to skip every other hole when you do this.
Continue threading the string through the next hole in your mesh to create the loop that will form the base of your knot. Thread the string into this loop while threading the next hole moving towards you at the head of your stick. Secure the string snugly once you’re satisfied with the position your knot is resting, making sure it stays tight
Next, stretch your mesh back along the right side of your stick. You want the 4th hole in the mesh positioned exactly underneath the 3rd hole from the top of your stick. This will make stringing the remainder of your top row of mesh much simpler.
Follow these steps over again until you have completed your next knot. You want to make a knot in every other hole of the stick’s head. Continue this process until you arrive at the right side. Make sure you keep pulling tightly, so your strings are firm. Make sure that your 5th diamond on the mesh is directly under the middle part your head.
To finish, pull your string through the final hole of mesh and into your top sidewall. Feed the top string back through the hole in the top and pull it tightly through the loop you made with your string. Keep the knot flush with the head if possible; it needs to be very close.
How to Lace the Side
Look at the left side of your stick head. You want to thread the third hole down on this side. Taking the burned edge of your side string, push through the hole that rests underneath where you started lacing the top string and pull through until the other end’s knot rests snugly along the side of the head.
Then, move the string towards yourself, making sure to go through the side of the mesh that is nearest the left of your stick. You want to make sure you thread the first mesh diamond. Push your string on into the third side hole on that same left side and pull the string firmly so it stays taut. This will keep tension on the mesh so it stays towards the correct side of the head.
Next, thread the string loosely through the mesh bottom. Leave some slack in the string so you can form a loop. Then, pull the end of your string through that loop and push through the 5th hole on the side of your stick head. Continue this process through the next hole – for this one, you don't have to skip any holes. Make sure that you tug the string tightly enough, so your mesh diamond gets pulled close enough to rest along the side of your head.
Skip a hole, then repeat this step twice. When you attach the mesh to your holes this time, you don’t need to skip any holes when tying each knot. Just pull them firmly before you move on to forming the next knot.
Thread your string downwards through the hole and underlying mesh, then bring it back up and thread it through the top of the next hole on the side. Continue this process until you reach the end of your head, near the bottom. This side forms your pocket, so it doesn’t need to be quite as snug as the other knots you made.
Finally, tie the end of the string using a double knot. Make sure it is as close as possible to the head of your stick. Then, cut the extra string off the end, close to your knot.
Bottom String: How to String a Lacrosse Stick
Tie another double knot at the end of your string that does not have a burned tip. Push it up through the left hole at the bottom and make sure you thread it tightly until the knot stops you. Weave your string below and above each thread to comprise the bottom row of the mesh. Begin from the left side of the stick and continue along until you've hit the end of the row of mesh.
Make sure that you are weaving in between every single strand of mesh. If you miss a strand, undo the string that got messed up and start over from that spot. Next, you must pull the string through the top part of the hole at the bottom right side of the stick. Tug until your rope is taut and secure, so the mesh is put into place.
You will need to play around with the string's tightness before you finish the last knot. The tautness of your bottom string will determine how deep your pocket is. For deeper pockets, loosen your string a little by pulling a centimeter of rope back towards the mesh. For a tighter pocket, move the string away from the stick’s head. Just remember that your pocket and netting can't be deeper than the ball.
When you’re pleased with your results, tie a double knot at the end of your string, getting as close to your stick as possible. Lastly, snip the end tail off your string near the knot.