Where Do I Want My Pocket?
There are three different options as to where a pocket could be in a stick. Where the pocket is placed depends on what type of player you are and what position you play. A low pocket offers great control for those players that like to carry the ball. The ball sits in the narrowest part of the stick, making it harder to dislodge the ball. In terms of passing and shooting, the ball takes more time to come out of the stick, because it sits so low in the head. Low pockets are great for those players that like to cradle their stick vertically, often with one hand. A high pocket offers a quick, smooth release. These pockets are for players who carry their stick parallel to the ground and cradle with two hands. Great for those who like to both feed and shoot.
How Should I String My Shooting Strings?
When stringing a pocket, shooting strings guide the ball and are critical in determining how the ball is released from the stick. The top shooting string prevents the ball from hitting the scoop of the head. The tighter it is, the less chance of the ball hitting the plastic. If the top shooting string is loose, the player can feel the ball hitting the plastic when the ball comes out of the head. Three straight shootings strings allow for the smoothest release. There is also an option of using upside down “V” strings. These strings help channel the ball out of the stick for more accurate passing and shooting. They also help with control and hold the ball in the pocket. Players can use a combination of both depending on what they are looking for in their stick. Nylon sidewall string can also be substituted for hockey laces. Nylon strings increase tension in the mesh and keep it tight. Players have a better feel on the release when using nylon shooters.