Lacrosse Shooting String Styles
Shooting Strings are a personalizable preference every player can change. If you’re a stringer it’s good to keep this in mind because every player has a different style. I always ask players who’s sticks I string, ‘What has worked in the past for you?’ to get a good idea of what they like.
Based on how you string your sidewall pattern, you have created a channel and placed your pocket that controls the release. Not all shooting string styles will work on every lacrosse pocket, so experimenting is necessary. If you have a tight channel then you won’t be able to have a lot of shooting strings, or the ball will whip down. If you have a wider channel, then you will probably want more shooters for added hold.
Lacrosse Shooting String Rule: “The 4-inch shooting string rule” -For both NCAA and NFHS, measuring from the top of the scoop, you can’t have any shooters past the 4-inch mark.
Other Articles In Our Lacrosse Stringing Series:
- The Ultimate Guide to Stringing a Lacrosse Stick
- The Massive Guide To Lacrosse Mesh
- The Top Lacrosse Mesh Brands Going Into 2018
- 2017 Lacrosse Stringing Regulations
- Lacrosse Pockets and Lacrosse Pocket Styles
Lacrosse Pockets Have Catch Points
Take the StringKing Complete 2 stick that we were sent for example. This is a universal pocket that StringKing equips on all of their Legend heads. To demonstrate this example, I took the shooting strings out but have included an original photo below.
Orginal Stringing on the StringKing Legend Lacrosse Head
Time to Take the Shooters out
As I press the lacrosse ball into the pocket to test the catch point you can see where the pocket depth comes to an end and sharply declines. This point in the pocket is demonstrated by the solid red line across the pocket. Now for most players, if you add a shooting string below that row it will be too whippy. This is because the lacrosse mesh needs to expand when the ball hits that point and if a shooting string is there it will restrict it.
Where StringKing Places Shooting Strings
Lacrosse Shooting String Tips
Shooting strings come in three types of materials which are: cotton, synthetic, and hockey lace. I have found through personal experience that I prefer cotton over every other option. I will use synthetic on traditional strung sticks, but avoid using them with mesh. This does not mean that this will be the case for your preferences so experiment and try them all!
Lacrosse Shooting String Styles
There are many different styles of shooting strings that you can use or experiment when stringing your lacrosse stick. Traditionally, straight weaved shooting strings have been the most popular since the rules in NFHS and NCAA have banned U and V styles. This has been a problem for some players, but others have embraced the change and use no shooter like Matt Gibson.
I’m currently working on producing a series of tutorials for the below-shooting string styles. Once they are released, we will add the links to this page for easy access and a better learning experience.
Straight Weaved Shooting Strings
Rolled Shooting Strings – Shooting String Styles
Nylon Laces – Shooting String Styles
No Shooting Strings Is A Option Too!
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