How To String A Lacrosse Head

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Lacrosse is a fast-paced, physically demanding sport that requires players to have the right equipment, especially when it comes to the stick. A traditional lacrosse head is the foundation of a good stick, and it is essential to know how to string it properly to ensure maximum performance and durability. The process of stringing a traditional lacrosse head may seem complicated at first, but with a few simple steps, it can be done in no time. 


In this article, we will be discussing the process of stringing a traditional lacrosse head, the materials needed, and the various techniques used to create a customized pocket that can enhance a player’s performance on the field.


Materials Needed

  • Lacrosse head
  • Pocket mesh
  • Leather shooting strings
  • Nylon top string
  • Bottom string
  • Sidewall strings
  • Stringing tool (or pliers)
  • Wax or silicone spray
  • Scissors or blade.


Steps To String A Traditional Lacrosse Head

  1. Gather materials: You will need a lacrosse head, mesh or leather pockets, shooting strings, and sidewall strings.
  2. Choose a pocket pattern: Decide what type of pocket you want to create. A traditional pocket has four shooting strings and two sidewall strings.
  3. Cut the mesh or leather: Cut the mesh or leather to the desired length, making sure it is long enough to create the pocket you want.
  4. Attach the mesh to the head: Place the mesh inside the lacrosse head and attach it to the sidewalls using the sidewall strings.
  5. String the shooting strings: Start at the bottom of the head and string the shooting strings through the mesh. Pull each string through the mesh and tie it to the opposite sidewall.
  6. Add the shooters: Add the shooter strings to the top of the head, connecting them to the shooting strings.
  7. Adjust the pocket: Pull the shooting strings tight to adjust the pocket. Make sure the pocket is centered and the mesh is tight.
  8. Add the cross lace: String the cross lace through the top of the head and attach it to the shooting strings.
  9. Check the pocket: Make sure the pocket is tight and has the right depth. You may need to make adjustments.
  10. Repeat steps 5-9 on the other side of the head.
  11. Test the pocket: Test the pocket by throwing and catching a ball. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure the pocket is secure and provides a good feel.
  12. Final check: Check all strings and make sure they are tightened and not frayed.


Tips For Successful Stringing

  • Choose the right materials: Choose high-quality materials such as waxed string, leather shooters, and cross lace to ensure a tight and durable stringing.
  • Clean the head: Clean the head of any dirt or debris before starting to string to ensure the stringing lasts longer.
  • Start with the bottom string: Start by stringing the bottom string first and make sure it’s tight.
  • Add the sidewall strings: Add the sidewall strings and make sure they’re tight.
  • Add the shooters: Add the shooters and make sure they’re tight.
  • Add the cross lace: Add the cross lace and make sure it’s tight.
  • Adjust the pocket: Adjust the pocket to the desired depth by adjusting the tension on the sidewall strings.
  • Check for tightness: Check the entire head for tightness and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Break in the pocket: Once the stringing is complete, break in the pocket by playing with the stick.
  • Repeat the process: Repeat the process of stringing a traditional lacrosse head regularly to keep the pocket tight and the head in good condition.



In conclusion, stringing a traditional lacrosse head can be a bit of a challenge, but with the right tools, patience and practice, you can easily master the art. Whether you are an experienced player or a beginner, it is essential to understand the different types of stringing patterns and how to create a pocket that will help you play at your best. It is also important to regularly maintain and adjust your pocket as needed to ensure that it remains in good condition. With time, you will be able to develop your own unique style and stringing techniques that work best for you.

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

"I live and breath Lacrosse"

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