After you’ve finished all the prep work, you’re stuck in your house in New Orleans, and Hurricane Isaac is battering the area, there isn’t much you can really do. Once the power goes out, you can’t even watch the hurricane on radar, and something has to help you pass the time. Thankfully, traditional lacrosse stringing is always an option.
My brother, Lee, was in the exact situation above, so he decided to string up a blue STX Stallion lacrosse head with a slightly modified traditional pocket. My younger brother has been stringing traditional for well over a decade and his pockets are as consistent and smooth as any others out there.
The rolled shooters don’t wrap around the cross lace, which many people might find weird. While it may be a different approach to shooting strings than what you prefer, it does work, and Lee has a decade of traditional heads to prove it. I’ve used them, and they are legit.
We love how the leathers are attached to the top of the scoop using more sidewall lace. It allows the traditional pocket to sit on top of the scoop just a bit, and cuts down on a shelf developing, even with only two shooting strings. Impressive technique! It might not look “pretty” to everyone, but it works really well, and that is what matters, right?
Lee is a firm believer that the actual head itself matters very little, as long as the pocket is excellent, and this means he has been using $10 bargain bin heads for at least the last 5-7 years. I’m extremely excited to hear what he thinks about a brand new, top of the line head. It’s sure to be a fresh perspective!
This traditional pocket is a great example of the fact that there is no “one way” to string a stick. Slight tweaks and changes can be important for a great stringer, and the ability to think outside the box is key to stringing the perfect stick. Clean knots, a well-contructed concept, and a pocket that WORKS. This STX Stallion has it all. Plus it matches our new LAS Snapback. Perfection.
So before you comment with the typical “I know best, he didn’t do ______.” Take a good hard look and try some of these techniques yourself. THEN comment on the problems you’re having. Maybe Lee can help YOU out?