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.

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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.

lacrosse shooting strings explained

Figure 1: Lacrosse Pockets Have Catch Points Ft. the StringKing Complete 2 Pocket

Where StringKing Places Shooting Strings

lacrosse shooting strings explained

Figure 2: Where StringKing Places There Shooting Strings and Nylon

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

weaved lacrosse shooting strings

The most common way players string their shooting strings is the weaved style. This style allows for players to easily and quickly adjust the tension of the shooters. If the shooters are tightly tensioned then they will give you extra hold but a more inconsistent pocket and potentially too much whip. Properly strung pockets should create enough hold to where the shooters function as structure and or added feel.

Rolled Shooting Strings – Shooting String Styles

rolled shooting strings on a stx surgeon 500

An option you’re likely to have seen, but probably have never tried, is rolled shooting strings. For players who use shooting strings that create a runway for the ball, this is something you might wanna try. Rolled shooters allow players to either make that runway or create a point for the ball to hit off of with less whip than weaved shooters.

Nylon Laces – Shooting String Styles

no shooting strings just nylon shooting strings

Some would argue that because of how advanced lacrosse mesh has become recently that shooting strings are just another variable that makes your pocket inconsistent. The idea is that if you could string a pocket that gave you ball security, hold, and accuracy while maintaining consistency, then why would you use shooting strings? This is for you to decide though, so experiment! Nylons can be used to create a release point or added feel of the ball.

No Shooting Strings Is A Option Too!

Chenango Top String No Shooting Strings

STX Lacrosse Surgeon 300 with a Chenango Top String and a Mid Pocket. Shooters would cause more harm than good because the hold of the pocket is coming from the pulldown of the Chenango top string. This effect causes the tight channel, lots of hold, and a smooth release. If you need more feel or the feeling of a shooter you can add a nylon. If shooters were added to the pocket, it would most likely cause the ball to whip and would definitely make it inconsistent.

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