In the world of lacrosse stringing, player heads often take the spotlight, while the unsung heroes of the game – the goalies – often play in the shadows. Goalkeepers perform a crucial role that demands immense skill and precision, yet their gear and techniques are sometimes overlooked. At Stringers Society, we’re committed to changing that narrative. Recently, we had the opportunity to work with an STX Eclipse goalie lacrosse head, and we knew it was time to do something different. Our project introduced a unique twist to the traditional setup, featuring ECD Impact Goalie mesh combined with sidewalls that defy convention.
Quad Sidewall Lacrosse Stringing
Start by stringing both sidewalls before moving on to the top string.
Quad Sidewall Topstring
When stringing the quad sidewall, I consistently begin in the center, unlike normal goalie pockets that are relatively straightforward to center when starting from the end.
This distinction arises because, on the quad sidewall, the mesh is affixed to the sidewall rather than the head, making it a slightly more intricate task to achieve a well-centered pocket.
Continue the progression from the central top string knot outwards. Alternate between the left and right sides to maintain proper centering of the mesh.
Stringing the Sidewall
In contrast to our conventional goalie stringing tutorial, where the mesh is attached directly to the sidewall of the lacrosse head, the only distinction with the quad sidewall is that it extends the sidewall using string and secures the mesh to that extended portion.
The same principles apply to the quad sidewall as they do to a regular sidewall. You aim to draw the mesh down to the midpoint on the sidewall and then double it up. The primary distinction that a novice might observe is that the quad sidewall rapidly establishes a deep channel.
Consequently, you can’t exert as much force during the pull-down process compared to a regular goalie pocket. This difference also results in a slightly higher pocket position, as you won’t be pulling down as vigorously.
Creating the pocket
To complete the final row, guide your string through the subsequent two diamond rows. Thread the string from the back of the mesh to the front, repeating this step twice.
The subsequent step involves securing a knot:
When retracing your path through the mesh to secure the pocket, thread the string through only one diamond hole, like this:
Repeat this process once more to achieve added depth. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that it’s simpler to add whip to a quad sidewall than to remove it.
Navigating the Tie-Off Phase
Stretch the mesh as if you were initially pulling down to create a channel, but this action will actually draw the pocket towards an end. Check it out here:
Quad Sidewall Channel
You can unmistakably observe from these channel photos how the pocket takes shape effortlessly when you double up. For this reason, we recommend joining the No Shooter Gang club and embracing a shooterless pocket.
More channel pictures:
Pocket Gallery and Review
The quad-sidewall pattern not only offers a clean aesthetic but also brings functionality to any goalie’s setup. Its unique appearance is a rarity among goalies, making a bold impression when successfully pulled off. We were able to create a well-defined channel with a low to mid pocket that facilitated smooth ball release, ideal for long clearing passes. Photos expand when clicked.
The pliability and formability of this mesh greatly enhanced ball control and reduced rebound rates on shots. The quad sidewall pattern also played a role in minimizing rebounds due to the added stretch it provides to the pocket when absorbing hard shots.
Using a quad sidewall is a distinctive stylistic choice that allows goalies to stand out and experiment with various stringing patterns. While it may not conform to the traditional standard, it exudes an air of experience and expertise.
New Lacrosse Goalie Sweatpants
Proudly representing the next generation of lacrosse players and coaches, Jackson Hallman and Stringers Society teamed up to bring you the JH x Stringers Collection. Apart of this collection is our exclusive Lacrosse Goalie Sweatpants which are perfect for suiting up for practice or a game and being the last line of defense for your squad!