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Lacrosse Stringing | All lacrosse mesh, topstring, sidewall you need – SportsOnly


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Types of Lacrosse Mesh

Lacrosse mesh comes in many different styles and colors. Depending on if you are a field player (attack, middie, defense) or a goalie, different styles of mesh will be available to you. In most cases when we refer to mesh we are discussing mesh for standard lacrosse heads, not goalie heads. So unless we explicitly say goalie mesh, expect that we are talking about mesh for field players.

Mesh Types

On the market today there are over 10 basic styles of mesh available for field players. If you are new to lacrosse the top three most popular types of mesh are 10 Diamond Hard Mesh, 10 Diamond Soft Mesh, and 6 Diamond Mesh. This popularity ranking is true throughout the entire sport amongst all age levels. New players should play with 10 diamond hard and soft mesh. While 6 diamond mesh is interesting to play with, it creates more harm than good for a new player.

How Lacrosse Mesh is Named
Lacrosse mesh is typically named based on the maximum number of diamond in one row. Ex: 10 diamond hard mesh alternates between rows of 10 diamonds and 9 diamonds. 10 is the maximum number of diamonds in one row so we call it 10 diamond. 10 diamond mesh is also called standard or traditional mesh. Hard mesh vs. soft mesh depends on if the mesh is coated. Coated mesh is called hard while un-coated is soft. Soft mesh is pure nylon. The nylon on hard mesh is coated with a special layer to add rigidity, durability, and water resistance.

All About Lacrosse Shooting Strings and Shooting Laces

Lacrosse shooting laces control how the ball sits in the pocket and releases from the stick. Shooting strings are vital to the quality of your lacrosse pocket and your performance on the field. Improperly strung shooting strings can cause a lot of trouble when trying to execute even the simplest of passes or shots.

Shooting Strings vs. Shooting Laces
Shooting Strings, or shooting laces as they are also commonly called, weave between the mesh.  Depending on how you would like your pocket to throw a more narrow shooting string or a thicker shooting lace may be more appropriate than the other. Typically, sidewall string or a lace resembling a hockey lace is used. Shooting strings can be tied very tight and have very little flex. A shooting lace has much more give in the pocket.

Techniques for Stringing
Shooting string and shooting laces are strung using two basic techniques. We will call these techniques the “weave” and the “roll”. A shooting string should never change the natural formation of a pocket, it should only enhance it. Your sidewall strings must be strung well enough that a pocket is already beginning to form without shooting laces.

The Weave
In woven shooting strings, the string is feed between the diamonds of the mesh. The string adds tension to the mesh. Woven shooting strings are easy to adjust by adjusting the tension on the knot at the end of the string. To add tension, pull the knot tighter and tie against the outside sidewalls. To release tension, tie the knot further away from the outside sidewall. For new stringers, it is recommended to use this technique.

The Roll
Rolled shooting laces are losing popularity. They are more time consuming to string and take longer to adjust than woven shooting strings. In a rolled shooting string, half of the string is laid on the back of the mesh across the stick while the other half is “rolled” between the diamonds and over the string on the back. A rolled shooting lace may have a smoother release however, I believe that you lose feel of the ball in the pocket.

Types of Goalie Lacrosse Mesh

Goalie Mesh Types
Like mesh for field heads, goalie mesh comes in many types. Goalie mesh is knitted in the same way as standard mesh with the exception that goalie mesh is far wider. On the market today there are about 5 commonly available goalie mesh styles. The most popular goalie mesh types are hard goalie mesh (17 diamond hard goalie mesh) and 12 diamond goalie mesh (monster goalie mesh).

How Lacrosse Goalie Mesh is Named
Goalie mesh, like field mesh,  is named based on the maximum number of diamond in one row. Ex: 17 diamond hard mesh alternates between rows of 17 diamonds and 16 diamonds. 17 is the maximum number of diamonds in one row so we call it 17 diamond.

The Mesh Rebound Effect
One of the biggest factors when considering a goalie mesh is how much the mesh will rebound a shot. A goalie does not want the ball to bounce off his stick. Different mesh types have varying degrees of rebound. The general guideline is the few number of diamond the less the rebound. This is not a rule because a lot can go into determining how a goalie stick rebounds. A few factors include the goalie’s technique, how the sidewalls are strung, and the depth of the pocket

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