Traditional Stringing? What’s The Deal?

So we’ve been talking around the office for the last couple days about traditionally strung pockets. What’s the deal with them? Does anyone actually use one? Let me rephrase that, does anyone actually use one because it has performance benefits? I have plenty of friends that would use them to joke around with cause they thought they looked cool, but they were joking.

(What’s the deal?)

I know Steele Stanwick uses one, but that has to be for superstitious reasons. His game can’t be improving with his setup. They are heavier, less consistent, more vulnerable to break, less weather resistant, and more confusing to string. I’ve even seen new companies use the look of traditional stringing and try to modernize it with varying colors and patterns. I can’t for the life of me figure out why someone would dig that set up.

(Do people actually think these are cool?)

Are they superior in any way? What am I missing here? Why do people still sell these bad larrys? Please leave a comment and help us out. Or find us on Twitter @stringkinglax and let us know the deal with traditional stringing. I guess I’m lost.

4 Responses to Traditional Stringing? What’s The Deal?

  1. Ron Klausner says:

    Guys, I think you have a very nice product here, though I have never tried one myself. Regarding your pockets, I really do like the idea of the flexibility of having a perfect pocket whether it is high, low, or right in the middle. Having a product that breaks in easily is also an added advantage for users. You guys do need a little bit more information regarding traditional pockets though. You have little or no experience with them, so you are obviously unfamiliar with their advantages over mesh pockets. Steele Stanwick uses one, as well as his brothers because it hold the ball head and shoulders better than any mesh pocket you can string. Problem is, Casey Powell started the mesh v-string generation, and a lost art of traditional stringing was almost lost. The v-pocket was used because the players with mesh pockets would loose the ball in the wide sticks of the 90′s, but you did not need it in a traditionally strung stick. The mesh sensation took off and never looked back. What you need to do is use a good traditional stick, and you would never play with anything like it again. The advantages of traditional stringing is not only hold on a ball, but accuracy with throws and shooting. You are correct, they need to be maintained more often, but they are not heavier than mesh stringing (Weights are almost identical).I have strung over 10,000 sticks in my lifetime, so I have dissected both types of stringing many times over. Actually, I am one of three original Brine stick doctors from 1990, and worked with the manufacturers for years on perfecting the perfect pocket. Keep up the great work guys, and I wish you nothing but the best with your company as I would love to try one of your meshes in my own stick. Last thing, I coach one of the top youth teams in Baltimore and I have 17 players on my team. Right now, I have 11 players that use traditional stringing and love it. On top of that, traditional stringing is much better for facing off than mesh, but I would write another story to explain the advantages to you.

  2. Jeff says:

    I would never buy a traditionally strung head from any store. I string my own pita pockets.

    I agree with the comment below, they are not heavier. I also believe that if you string and break-in a traditional (pita) pocket well that they are not a handicap in bad weather. I don’t own a mesh strung head but play in the mid-west. I have played in snow, rain, flooded fields etc. without a problem. Just like a mesh pocket, you take care of it after the game and help the pocket keep its shape as it dries. Honestly, the first thing I do after stringing up a pita pocket is soak it in water then go play with it. Helps break it in and form a good pocket as the strings dig into the leathers.

    While stringing may take longer, the maintenance is not much more than mesh. Some simple diamond shifting may be required but we’re talking about seconds then.

    I use pita pockets because I find them to be very consistent. I have tried mesh pockets before but have never gotten that same feeling.

  3. Peyton Thomasson says:

    I personally have a small company out of VA, and I know exactly what you mean when you say mesh is just not working. I get complaints all the time from kids who have a pocket I strung, and say it is now illegal because they used it in the rain once. This requires them to come back to me and have it fixed, and in a few cases totally redone, because the rain absolutely destroyed the typical nylon mesh. I have tried different kinds of wax mesh, and it is the best product out there as of yet (I have not tried String King) because it is the most consistant. But, it still has a long way to go. I had a brand new piece of East Coast Mesh that I put in because it was supposed to rain for a week. First practice it lost almost all of its coating because the rain and mud was so hard on it. This is when I turned to a traditional style pocket. I strung a heat pocket in my stick and it was great for a while. A well strung traditional pocket will give you the opportunity to give yourself the perfect pocket for your style of play. Hold can be controlled easily due to leather tension and diamond size in the pocket, and whip is adjusted by the tightness of the top, pocket placement, and shooter set up. They can perform incredibly well, until they get wet. They get completely destroyed by rain because the leathers sag and the crosslace string, which is thinner than sidewall, gets really saggy and impossible to control. People who live in climates that have very little rain I would recommend using a traditional style pocket. I would love to get in touch with y’all about this and explain what I mean a little further, and I would also love to try out your mesh. Thanks for reading!