Depending on your style, preferences and lacrosse position, you can tweak the way in which you string your lacrosse mesh, giving either a high pocket or low pocket.
Today’s tutorial outlines the 20-step process for restringing the mesh so that you get a high pocket. At Alpha Lacrosse, we recommend high pockets for players at the following positions, and/or playing styles.
- Defense – especially if you like carrying the ball with both hands.
- Midfielders – Especially those who like to shoot from the outside.
Although this is one pocket you can create in a lacrosse head, it may not be preferential for everyone. Some players like to create a low pocket, and so we recommend reviewing both videos and tutorials, as well as our general tips for restringing because everyone has their own preferences and styles of play.
It’s also important to note, that there are subtle differences between the way you achieve high and low pockets, based on how your restring the mesh. So make sure you know going into it which pocket you’re trying to get, and therefore, which tutorial you need to watch. If you have any questions about which pocket is right for you, talk to your coach, or get in touch with us at Alpha Lacrosse and we’d be happy to help you.
Before we get going on the steps to properly restring the mesh to achieve a high pocket, let’s go through some of the key terms to remember.
Words To Live By:
Head – The plastic frame with holes where strings will lace to.
Mesh – The material that when properly laced up, will create a “pocket” and hold the ball.
Pocket – the part of the mesh that sags and will allow you to hold the ball without it slipping out.
Sidewall – The sides of the head where the lace holes are, where you will be lacing your side strings, shooting strings, and shooting nylon through.
Ten Diamond Loop – The technical term of the loops in the mesh that you will loop the string through as you restring your lacrosse stick along the sidewall and interior.
Nine Diamond Loop – The technical term of the loops in the mesh along the top of the mesh, that goes against the upper-most part of the lacrosse head.
How to String a High Pocket on a Lacrosse Stick
Take your mesh out of the packaging and stretch it out so you achieve a nice, deep pocket.
You will then take the first nine-diamond row at the top of the mesh, and fold it over the next row. Fold it down all the way across so you have a nice crease along the top of the mesh. Pull it tight, making sure it stays folded, and that the two rows of nine-diamond loops nicely align so the loops are right on top of each other.
Take your top string and make a knot towards one end of the string. Before cinching the knot, come back through the loop to create a double knot. This helps create a bulky knot, which makes it harder for the string the slip through the lace holes in the head and sidewall.
Then, take a lighter, and lightly burn the other end of the string, away from your knot. After you’ve lightly burned the string, take your fingers and massage the string to create a tip that will allow you to string the top of the mesh a little bit easier.
TIP: Only burn the string for about 2 seconds. You don’t want to ignite the string, otherwise it will not be usable.
*Note the pink box indicating where the first hole is for you to go through.
Take the tip of the string, opposite of your knot, and go through the outside of the second hole of the sidewall, and through the first nine-diamond loop. Repeat the process so that you double the string back through the lace hole of the sidewall, through the nine-diamond loop, and through the little lasso you have created.
Anchor the mesh against the side wall by pulling it taut.
Take the string and now go through the outside of the first hole on the top of the head. Come up through the bottom of the next piece in the mesh, and in through the little lasso you have created. You will then repeat the process so that you are doubling up the knot against the head, in the same nine-diamond loop, meaning you are creating two knots within one nine-diamond loop, and lace hole.
TIP: Remember, the highest point of tension in your lacrosse head is going to be at the top, which is why we are doubling the knots, to ensure they are properly fastened.
Skip a nine-diamond loop in the mesh, as well as a lace hole. Come in through the top of the next lace hole, and up through the bottom of the mesh, pulling it tight. The goal is to have the fifth diamond, right underneath the middle of the head, so make sure your nine-diamond loops are spaced evenly along the top.
Before moving on, double up the knot through the same lace hole and nine-diamond loop, and pull it tight against the head.
Repeat the process by skipping a nine-diamond loop, but for step six, you will not skip a lace hole, and instead go to the next lace hole along the top of the head.
Repeat the process of doubling the knot, and cinching it tight against the head, and maintain a taut mesh across the top.
For step seven, we will skip a lace hole, and a nine-diamond loop, to create the last knot of the top of your lacrosse head. It should look like the knot you created in step three. Tie the ten-diamond loop to the lace hole, double up the knot, and pull the mesh tight. You will want to make sure the string across the top is tight, and the knots are firm.
If any part of the process of securing the mesh against the top of the head is confusing, please watch the video above from :00 – 4:20.
At this point, you have properly fastened the head string at the top, and now we’re going to tie themesh along our side wall.
To start, you’re going to make a double knot at the end of your string, so it’s nice and thick, and won’t pull through the sidewall hole. Then you’re going to take the opposite end of the string, and go through the outside of the top sidewall hole. You will then go up, through the first ten-diamond hole in the mesh. Then, loop the string all the way around, and go back in through the outside of the same sidewall hole, and back through the ten-diamond row, and pull through to create a knot.
Pull the piece of mesh tight against the sidewall.
Repeat the process, by skipping a sidewall hole, and going in through the outside of the third lace hole down. Come up through the next ten-diamond hole in the mesh, and pull the mesh taut against the sidewall.
TIP: Although you skipped a sidewall hole in this step, make sure not to skip any ten-diamond holes in the mesh!
Repeat the process two more times by skipping a sidewall hole, going through the outside of the sidewall, and interlocking the string with the mesh, pulling it tight against the sidewall.
By now you should have four knots along the sidewall.
Important: Before going in through the next sidewall hole, you will feed the string through the next two ten-diamond holes in the mesh, so that it bunches up together. You will the skip a sidewall hole, and do the normal process of cinching it to the sidewall, by going in through the outside of the lace hole, and up through the mesh. See the picture below that shows how your mesh should look before going through the next sidewall hole.
You will then repeat the process of weaving the string through two ten-diamond loops, and through the outside of the sidewall, skipping a lace hole.
TIP: You should really notice a high pocket forming. By weaving the string through two ten-diamond holes in the mesh we are creating the bunching necessary to have a pocket higher up on the head.
At this point, you should have six total knots. Pay attention because things change slightly from this point forward.
For your next knot, go in through the bottom of the next ten-diamond mesh, and then go through the outside of the next sidewall hole, and pull it tight against the sidewall.
Repeat the process of lacing through the next ten-diamond hole in the mesh, and back through the outside of the sidewall, by skipping a lace hole. Finish by cinching the string against the sidewall.
Important: for the next knot, you will go in through the top of the next ten diamond row, not the bottom.
After going through the top of the mesh, pull the string down towards the bottom of the head, and come in through inside of the last sidewall hole at the bottom of the sidewall, and tie a knot. Make it a bulky knot so that you’re sure the string won’t pull through while you are playing.
TIP: This will be the only time in which you come from inside the sidewall of the lacrosse head.
At this point, you have successfully anchored the mesh against the sidewall. The last step of the process, is that we must anchor the mesh down at the bottom of the head.
To start, create a double knot on your string, and come up through the second bottom string hole with the other end of the string.
Come back around, and through the first bottom string hole, and pull the string all the way through so the knot sits firm against the outside of the second bottom string hole.
Come back up through the bottom of next ten-diamond row adjacent to the last hole in the mesh used for your sidewall. Please refer to the pictures below to make sure you are using the correct piece of the mesh.
Then, skip three ten-diamond loops in the row and go back through the top of the fifth hole in the mesh, and pull the string through, down towards the bottom. You will know you did it right if your string is through the middle ten-diamond loop of the mesh, which should be right in the middle of the row. For the remaining four steps, we highly recommend following the video beginning at 8:12.
You will then go up through the bottom of the third bottom string hole, and pull the string all the way through. Then, double back through the top of the second bottom string hole, where your primary knot on your string is, and pull the string all the way through.
Then you’re going to go back up through the fifth ten-diamond hole in the mesh, in the middle of the row, where you originally went through the mesh on this step. Then, feed the string out by skipping three diamonds and going back through the bottom of the ten-diamond loop next to the piece of mesh tied along the opposite side of the sidewall.
Pull the rope all the way through and come up through the bottom of the fourth bottom string hole, and come out of the top of the third bottom string hole.
Create a knot thick enough so that the string cannot unravel while you are playing. The bottom of your head should look like this when all is said and done.
Congratulations on restringing your mesh, and creating a high pocket that will give you the whip you need to make a mark on your next lacrosse match! We know this was a lengthy process for getting a high pocket, so we’re going to quickly review a few key points to make sure you did it correctly.
- All knots are tight, and won’t slip through the head during play.
- For each knot you created, the mesh is tightly cinched against the head, removing any unnecessary slack in the mesh.
- You have carefully, and properly ensured that the appropriate lace holes have been used, and you have followed the steps in making sure the correct ten-diamond loops, and nine-diamond loops have been used.
- There should be nice high pocket that will properly house the ball, and won’t slip out.
Thank you for watching, and taking the time to learn on how to properly restring the high pocket of your lacrosse head! For more information on managing your lacrosse gear, feel free to reach out to us with any additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, and make sure you record and tag us @alphalacrosse as you go about restringing your own stick!