Hey guys, George here, with another traditional tie-up for the LACROSSE.COM Stringer Stories series.
It wasn’t that long ago that just about every attackman/midfielder on an STX sponsored NCAA team was using a Proton Power. Not to mention the countless HS and youth players that adopted it. I have always loved stringing it – the pockets just tend to form themselves. At first glance, it seems that having only two throat holes is a problem for stringing a traditional in a Proton Power, but we can fix that pretty easily with a bottom string.
For this one, I decided to go a little old school with the colors and a little funky with the pocket. A bootlace O-channel and bootlace sidewalls with brown leathers gives it a classic look. The white cross lace ties them all together cleanly. I used twists in the top half for a smooth and consistent release, and a mix of regular and skipped diamonds in the bottom have for plenty of hold and shift.
I love how twisted sections connect to O-channel center tracks. For me, they help keep my tension crisp. You can see visually whether or not they are correct. If you over tighten twists, they become sloppy half-coils. If you under-tighten them, you can see that your leathers will be loose and your twists will be different sizes. Twists take a little time to master, but they are definitely worth the effort, both for looks and for tensioning.
I strung the center track with a Traditree, and the rest around a soft practice lacrosse ball. This gave me a nice pocket shape and room for the leathers to break-in. I figure these particular leathers will break-in another 20% or so.
Finished the bottom with a three-knot leather tie-off. You can also see on the right how the leather was fed through a bottom string. This is just as good as a throat hole as long as it’s tied off properly.
I decided to go shooter-less in this pocket for the time being. Sometimes I like to break-in this style of pocket without them for a while before installing them as the final touch. Thanks for reading!