How to String a Lacrosse Stick
In order to know how to string your own lacrosse stick, or crosse, a vital understanding of all the elements that make the head is needed in order to proceed putting it all together yourself, so that is where we will begin.
The part of the wall shapes the head and is designed in such a way to facilitate picking up rubber balls. Traditionally of a sturdy plastic, this piece is fitted with holes to allow for knots to be tied, but we will get into that later.
This bottom part of the scoop determines the depth of the head’s pocket and is where a lot of the stringing work goes on. This pieces if fitted with a series of holes to allow for the final element of the head.
What holds the ball when captured, carrying it through the field from one player to the next, is the complex piece of intertwined thread that makes the crosse’s pocket. This piece can look intimidating, especially with a lot of fancy designs you find on contemporary lacrosse sticks, but with the right guidance, you can easily master the art of stringing your crosse.
So you have your head ready, you’re well versed in what all the parts do, and you have all the pieces necessary. All that’s left is putting it together in as best a way as possible, so let’s have a look at how to do so is 5 easy-to-follow steps:
Starting off with the mesh, stretch it out to a comfortable width, focusing mostly on the top half. This is not to be overdone as the purpose is to simply facilitate fitting it into the head piece’s shape.
After stretching, fold the top tenth percent over and try it over the head piece. If it seems like it more or less fits, this should be a good indicator to move on to the next step.
Next, take the thick nylon string known as the top string and pass it through one of either of the last holes on the scoop and tie a knot at the end so it doesn’t come out.
Once that is done, and you have tugged a little on the string to make sure it does not pass the hole, pass it through the first space at the folded half of the mesh and then back through the hole they way it came the first time.
Then pass the string through the second hole on the scoop from the inside going out and then from the outside, pass over the string that runs across holes one to two, and direct it through the second space of the folded material.
You should find yourself where you were on the first mesh-space, except having left behind one tight knot. Continue this step through every other one of the scoop holes until you have reached the other end.
By this point, only the top of the mesh will be secure, but the sides are left hanging. Taking the sidewall string, you begin in much the same way you did the last step by tying a knot at one end to make sure the string doesn’t go through.
From the outside going in, pass the string through the first hole, then through the first space on the side of the mesh, back over the sidewall and through the first hole all over again, through the first mesh-space again, through the second mesh-space, then under the loop that will have formed over the sidewall and into the second sidewall hole. Repeat this process until you reach the bottom on both sides, finishing off by tying a knot.
Taking the bottom string, direct the string from the first bottom hole to the second, tying a knot at the latter, then weave through the folded mesh from the first mesh-hole at the bottom all the way to the last, where the first steps with holes one a two are repeated at the other end. You should have a firmly secure mesh by now.
The extra bit of string found in a professional’s lacrosse stick is the shooter’s lace, which you can fix onto from one of the sidewall holes, weaving your way just under the top string to the other end, where you go back again and tie up where you started.
The shooter’s lace is a flat lace that is wrapped around one of the side mesh-holes to the sidewall. From there, you weave your way across, much like you did with the shooter’s lace until you end up at the other end where you begin weaving again, following on the last path you took but from the bottom up instead of from the top to the bottom. This can also be done in a u-shape, depending on your preference.
With a little practice, you can easily get the hang of stringing your lacrosse stick like a professional.