This slightly-silly-but-functional pocket came about thanks to the guys at LACROSSE.COM and my obsession with the first generation of Brine Clutch heads. In my opinion, these heads takes ANY offensive pocket better than any head made — this x6 model included.
The bonus for this project, of course, is that there are 7 top string holes with one dead smack in the center. This allowed me to get all 7 leathers installed quickly and easily. I could have used a top-string to accomplish something similar, but it would not have been nearly as clean.
The other thing that I love about this 7-leather pocket is that it allowed me to string a symmetrical classic pocket. Most 2 or 4 or 6 leather classic traditional pockets are asymmetrical, but that odd-numbered leather in the center made this one come out the same on both sides.
I used a Traditree six-shooter to set all the leathers in place, then tensioned the pocket around a ball. It was tricky to string diamonds with the leathers so close together, but it wasn’t much worse than a six-shooter pocket. I extended the purple and red sidewalls down through the throat so that I had a bottom string to send all the leathers through. I used 5 pieces of crosslace and tied them off in two pigtails at the bottom.
The 7 leathers really bear hug the ball when you cradle, and gives a ridiculously smooth release. I can only describe the feel of this pocket as “luxurious.” I’m sure that it will require some serious adjusting as it continues to break-in, but for now it’s nice and legal and throws great!
Thanks guys for checking it out, happy summer ball!
Big thanks to George for tying up an absolutely beautiful summer stick! We would love to see your summer sticks so snap a photo and tag @lacrossedotcom on Instagram as we will feature our favorites. For inspiration for your own stringing project, check out our Stringer Stories Series then pick up a new head, some new stringing supplies and get to stringing!