There are different lacrosse shooting string styles that can affect your manner of throwing the ball. By trying different string styles, you can discover the right string type, number, position and tension to suit your playing techniques. Players can adjust the string styles depending on their position in the field.
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Rolled or Weave
Shooting strings may be rolled or weaved. The rolled string style provides a smoother release of the ball. The style features the string rolled between the diamonds of the mesh and on the back across the stick. The weave string style provides more tension to the mesh as the string is positioned between the diamonds. Whether players use the rolled or weaved string style, the top lace is generally tight while the low lace is loose to properly hold the ball in position and allow quick release.
V and U String Styles
The V or U string style features a shooting string positioned in the pocket of the soft, mesh head. The laces are positioned through the mesh to create the V or U shape or a channel form to easily hold the ball in the middle of the pocket. The string style is intended for players to cradle the ball without dropping it while running and release the ball with control when passing or shooting.
Low, Mid and High Pocket
The high pocket features tight shooting strings that create a shallow pocket or channel, allowing quick releases and more whip with the high tension. The mid pocket has looser shooting strings that provide more control and convenient cradling. The high pocket features a tight top string with the subsequent strings getting looser. It is great for cradling and protecting the ball.
Straight, Two or Three Strings
The straight-string style features a single string across the back of the mesh. The two-string style includes two strings against the back of the mesh while the three-string style includes three strings. More strings provide added support and clears the path for the ball, thereby making shots and passes faster.
Custom Stringing by Level
Beginner and intermediate attackmen should use hard mesh, a “V” string and a low pocket having two straight shooting strings for better ball control and smooth release. Advanced attackmen should use a low pocket if they are good at one-handed dodges. Advanced attackmen who are good at two-handed power dodges should use a mid or high pocket. Advanced lacrosse players use synthetic fibers for the best shooting strings. Beginners can do well with cotton strings but these tend to hold water in wet conditions.