How to String a Goalie Lacrosse Head
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Stringing a lacrosse goalie stick can be a frustrating task for both new and skilled stringers; although, with this simple formula, you will be stringing pearls in no time for every lacrosse goalie you know. If you’re a long time stringer, and not a goalie, you most likely have strung a goalie head before and found out how to do so on the fly, or you found it impossible to string a decent channel and pocket like what you see in photos below. If it’s the second option, then your pocket looks like a sack of potatoes, and you’ve probably got a goalie top string issue.
Lacrosse Goalie Top String
The key to getting a good channel and decent pocket on a goalie head is to have a tight top string. If you lay your lacrosse mesh out by your head, you will notice that there are almost too many diamonds for the width of your lacrosse head.
To compensate for this, you can pull two diamond rows over, instead of one, when attaching your lacrosse mesh to your goalie head. This is demonstrated in the next photo and illustrated above by the red circles.
If you are new to stringing lacrosse heads and are unfamiliar with the lacrosse top string knot, you can visit our Lacrosse Top String Styles for a more in depth explanation.
Goalie Stringing Theory
While there are many ways to string a lacrosse goalie head, I tend to stick to two main tactics when stringing goalie pockets:
- Create a natural runway, also referred to as a channel, in your goalie pocket; which works best for beginners and is the one I most frequently use.
- For more advanced lacrosse goalies, or for stringers looking to try a new style, there is the Quad-Sidewall Theory.
Lacrosse Goalie Sidewall
The first step in stringing a lacrosse goalie stick is to pull the second diamond in your lacrosse mesh down as far as you can. This was the third sidewall hole on this warrior head shown in the picture.
As I said above, a tight top string is one of the keys to a great lacrosse goalie pocket. So, when your pulling down the third row in your lacrosse mesh, you will probably have to skip two holes. After that, only skip one hole per diamond until you reach the midpoint of your lacrosse head.
Once at the midpoint in your lacrosse head we will transition from a single KSI to a skip with another KSI.
- Like a Double Knotted SI, we will take our sidewall string and loop it through your lacrosse mesh twice. Unlike Double Knotted SI, we will only lock in one of the two diamonds.
- Just like above, skip one hole and proceed to lock the mesh in place.
This is the transition mentioned above where you will skip one hole, row. If you’re a stringer and have a name for this, please feel free to comment below.
Continue using the new pattern down the sidewall of your goalie head.
Once at the bottom of your lacrosse head, we will want to finish the goalie pocket off with less depth. After two times of skipping one hole, proceed to skip two holes and lock your pocket off.
Lacrosse Goalie Bottom String
Your bottom string will vary depending on which lacrosse head you use.
On goalie lacrosse sticks, I usually skip a diamond on each side and we’ve the bottom string up and down, twice on each side
Goalie Lacrosse Pocket
While it might be tempting to string a deeper or tighter channel, beware that this might affect a goalies accuracy when clearing the lacrosse ball.
Lacrosse Goalie Shooters
When stringing lacrosse shooting strings on a goalie lacrosse pocket, you want to make sure the ball rolls off the shooters and not hook. In some instances if your shooters are too low or tight this can occur.
Lacrosse Goalie Stringing FAQ
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How do you string the bottom of a goalie stick?
The Bottom of a Goalie stick can be attached to your lacrosse goalie head by a bottom string.
Can you use a "U" Shooting String in Lacrosse Goalie Heads?
Yes! Unlike any other positions in lacrosse, Lacrosse Goalies are allowed to use “U” or “V” Shooting Strings.