#StringingHacks: Nailing the Basics
I don’t know about you, but I definitely spent the better part of high school stringing instead of studying. I still spend endless hours trying to achieve the perfect pocket, and now Instagram and YouTube feed that obsession.
As a true lax nerd, I could scroll through heads and watch stringing tutorials all day. And the next day. And the day after that. And the day after that – it’s kind of a problem.
Let’s be real though – some of the heads you see on Instagram and YouTube can be a little intimidating. Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in stringing to master the art. Most of the awesome set-ups you see online can be replicated with a little practice and attention to detail. Plus, you can do a little finessing to tailor the stick to your unique playing style.
Here are a few pointers to get you started as you doctor your stick:
1. Stretch the mesh tight across the top of the head, so the ball doesn't click off the plastic.
2. Start forming the pocket when you're halfway down the sidewall with your strings.
3. Remember, the top shooter should be the tightest, with each getting looser as you move into the pocket.
4. Depending on your position, the pocket can be high, mid, or low; it should always be a little less than one ball deep though - not six!
5. Less technical, but equally important: Wet your fingers before touching hot strings – trust me #beentheredonethat.
Nailing these basics can mean the difference between a sleek stick that works as an extension of you, and a loose stick that messes with your playing style. For more in-depth insights (and a visual how-to), check out this Surgeon 700 stringing tutorial:
For more stringing tutorials, check out the STX YouTube channel.
Stay tuned for #StringingHacks by Player & Position with STX pro stringer Will Madrid, coming soon!