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Choosing the Right Stick
Metro Sport Brokers is a lacrosse equipment superstore specializing in selling equipment from
Brine, Warrior, STX, Maverik, Gait, Debeer, Cascade, Harrow and Cranberry.
We carry all the lacrosse heads, shafts, gloves, helmets, arm guards, pads and more!
Since 1994 Metro Sport Brokers has offered custom lacrosse sticks, strung with the pocket and colors that are just right for you at no additional cost. Brine Amontes, Dynasty Elite, deBeer NV3 and STX Cruzes all come with custom stringing and a pocket that ready to play with right out of the box. Youth, High School and College lacrosse coaches from all over the world send their player to Metro Sport Brokers. "Get the Stick that's right for you!"
Its not the stick, its the pocket..stupid!
While there are subtle differences in the designs of the heads of lacrosse sticks which may or may not offer some slight advantages from one player to another, the thing that can make a real difference is how the pocket is strung and what type of pocket is used.The best example on the girl's side is when Brine introduced the replacement Amonte for the Warrior model. Although the two heads are 99% the same, with the same feel and release points, the pockets originally strung in the Brine models were not anything close to being adequite. The head instantely got a bad reputation for not handling well. Factory strung pockets are very inconsistent and most of the time (99%) need to be restrung. That's why we custom string all Women's lacrosse sticks with quality deBeer pockets. We offer each player the chance to have the pocket that suites her playing style and level and also her personal style by letting her pick all her colors.We have over 14 different colored center pieces, black, white, red, purple, pink and carolina blue leathers and over 20 colors of cross string. Giving you thousands of possible color combinations.
There are several criteria to consider when choosing a lacrosse stick. The follow will attempt to discuss them...
First be assurred that while the differences in lacrosse stick head design can make a difference in play, these differences depend greatly on the level and strength of the player. First some basic physics. During the throwing or shooting motion, the ball starts to moving up the pocket and as it continues it begins to meet "resistance" from the pocket and shooting string and starts to slow down. In addition, as you continue through this , we'll call it shooting motion, the head of your stick picks up velocity, starting at zero and increasing as you get farther and farther into your motion. So with this in mind, if you look at a head from the side and look at the back shape where the pocket is attached you will see that some heads are designed to hold the ball longer in the pocket, making it release later and, remember your head gains speed as it continues through the motion, so these heads will give you more velocity. Conversely, other heads are designed with a shorter pocket thus releasing the ball more quickly. If you're a crease attackman and shoot relatively close to the goalie then velocity is not an issue but quickness is where as a middie is looking for velocity and accuracy so "holding" the ball in his head longer will help. While this applies both to boy's and girl's sticks, boy's have a little more flexibility in release point than girl's do because pockets rules are not as restrictive.
Adjusting your shooting strings on your lacrosse stick..
These concepts apply to both boy's and girl's sticks but will have more effect on a boy's stick because of their deeper pockets.
Generally pockets have two or three shooting string. ( Gir'ls are limited to two by rule).
The ball will release from the pocket depending on how loose or tight the shooting are tied. The strings actually effect the tension of the pocket and in return effect how and when the ball is released.The string at the top of your stick should be the tightest and each string below it should become more and more loose as you go towards the throat of your head.
If your stick shoots down ( has a wip ) then your should loosen the lowest shooting.. the other strings should get progressively tighter as you go up the stick. The top string should always be the tighest to prevent the ball from "lipping out" on the plastic at the top. By contrast if the ball seems to fly out of the top of your stick and shoots too high then your shooters are too loose and need to be tightened. Be patient and tighten or loosen your strings a little at a time until you get the results you feel good about. The more "lip" you have, the longer the ball will hold in the stick, release later in your throwing motion and so will release with more velocity.