Let's face it. You won't always have another player or the coach to string the lacrosse head for you. You NEED to learn it eventually. It may seem like something you can't grasp, but trust me. All you need is practice, and you are halfway there.
Quite frankly, there are many styles, holes, and loops you will learn about, but for now, let's start from the basis. I am going to teach you the basic style of how to string a lacrosse head.
Feel free to practice it in your spare time, and slowly, you can move your way up to an advanced level.
What You Will Need
Depending on which lacrosse head you opt for, you will need the following:
Before you even attempt to sting, you need to get to know the mesh. If this is your first time, let's sum it up. So, the mesh is the netted material you will be attaching to the inside of the lacrosse head.
Lacrosse mesh has a top, bottom, front, and backside. It is essential to identify the parts before you get started.
When you stretch the mesh up, you can locate the top part by noticing it has nine diamonds across the top edge. The bottom side has ten diamonds across. The front side is going to be rougher, while the backside is much smoother.
Why is this important?
Well, if you want your performance to be top-notch, you want the rough side (front) to be the one touching the ball.
Keep the string as tight as possible.
You can use pliers to ensure there is maximum tightness. You want the string to be as tight as possible in certain areas to optimize your performance level.
Do you want the string to come undone when you are in the middle of the game? Didn't think so.
How to: Top Head Stringing
When you are done with the top string, it should be perfectly symmetrical with the middle diamond straight in the middle of the head.
Here is a helpful video demonstration:
Now you are ready for the sidewall stringing.
How to: Sidewall Stringing
How to: Bottom String
And that's a wrap. Your lacrosse head is complete. Make sure the tension is equal and firm.
How Long Does It Take String the Lacrosse Head?
Assuming you are a beginner, it will probably take you around 30-45 minutes if you follow the steps above correctly.
Take your time with the task. It can be quite perplexing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will be a piece of cake.
Testing Out the Finished Product
Congrats! You have finished stringing, and now comes the fun part. Putting it to test.
You want to make sure everything is in place, and you have achieved the desired depth and the placement of string.
Call your buddy up, and practice passes and catches.
I would also recommend you take notes of what you think needs improvement. In this way, you're going to be prepared for your next stringing attempt.
If you feel like you need to increase the whip, loosen the bottom string. If the situation is opposite, tighten the string. You get the point.
*Bonus tip: You can add more whip If you replace the cotton string with a nylon one.
I hope this tutorial on how to string a lacrosse head was helpful for every beginner out there.
Like I said in the intro, it can be confusing to many, but I bet you will master the technique in no time!
Every player has a different style of stinging, but you should stick to the basics and work your way up for now.