For this week’s head, I wanted to use one of the most unique pieces of mesh on the market. Enter STX’s newest innovation, Knot Mesh. Stringing Knot Mesh is different from stringing most mesh. And if I am being honest, I don’t feel like I’ve mastered it yet. But with a few simple adjustments to your normal stringing practices, this mesh goes in easily.
For this project, I chose to use an STX Proton Power with C-Channel technology. The Proton line is one of the most used in the history of lacrosse because the beloved shape lends itself to a variety of pockets styles. It also helps that you can get them for $60 on LACROSSE.COM.
The first thing that you will notice about the Knot Mesh, after the knots, of course, is that the mesh isn’t symmetrical. This is different from a standard piece of mesh. Traditional mesh has alternating 10 and 9 diamond rows. Knot Mesh on the other hand, has only 9 diamond rows that alternate starting positions.
There are a few tricks to getting by this problem, but the most common fix is to completely skip a row (or more accurately, a column) of diamonds on one side. This makes the mesh consist of alternating 9 and 8 diamond rows. This technique gives you the symmetry you are used to when stringing any other piece of mesh.
From there, it’s a lot like stringing a standard mesh, with a few things to note. First, pay attention to where the knot in the mesh is in relation to your sidewall knot on the side where you skipped a row of diamonds. The knots in the mesh being in the wrong place can throw off the tension in your pocket. Secondly, knot mesh has little to no stretch, so stringing a nicely channeled pocket may take a few attempts, since it simply has a different feel to any of the mesh that you are used to stringing.
Those are the things I learned making this pocket. I have to say, I am happy with how this turned out. The Knot Mesh provides an amazing feel of the ball as it travels through your pocket. You are going to have to feel it to believe it. It is just so smooth. Let us know what you guys think, and please feel free to ask me questions in the comments or on Instagram (@cardinallacrosse). Make sure to check out LACROSSE.COM for their selection of heads and stringing supplies to start your own stringing project. And stay tuned for more installments of Stringer Stories.