First and foremost I would like to say thank you to LACROSSE.COM for the opportunity to string up a stick in the Summer Series.
My name is Alex Poole. I started this business in 2014 while I was a student-athlete at Lees-McRae College. It started as “Appalaxin Stringing & Dyes” and has since evolved into “Red Wing Custom Lacrosse Provisions“. I started playing lacrosse my junior year of high-school and immediately became obsessed with the sport; Everything from the physicality and skill of the game, all the way down to the different types of glove options. I played collegiate lacrosse at Lees-McRae College where I earned my major in Sports Administration with a concentration in Business Management along with a minor in Criminal Justice. At LMC I played both LSM and Close Defense. Being a defenseman with an offensive mindset and having an insatiable appetite for the ball in my stick helped me become a very well-rounded stringer. After having my heads strung by teammates with incredibly inconsistent performance I decided to take my game into my own hands and learn to string. Having an artistic background helped me pick up stringing, dyeing, and overall head customization rather quickly. I attribute this decision to getting my skill level where it is today. It not only taught me my way around a lacrosse head, but it got me on the wall for hours a day trying to learn how patterns and shooter set-ups differentiated performance. After years of this trial and error process I have become one of the most efficient, effective, and knowledgeable stringers in the lacrosse community.
Enough about me, let’s get into some lax.
So everyone knows that color always brings one thing: attention. (Be it positive or negative) That is one thing that I always have incorporated into my summer stick.
My very first “decent” set-up was a blue Brine Swizzbeat with a Revo X. I dyed the head WITH THE MESH STILL ON IT PEOPLE! Simpler times when I didn’t know any better. From there I went to a lime green Headstrong Foundation Swizzbeat for my summer stick. I used it in all of my recruiting showcases and tournaments. My point is this – color is fun. It can set you apart from the others on the field, or it can just be a fun thing to add to your arsenal.
The dye is a green and neon yellow uptown fade. There are aloha flowers and coconut drinks accented throughout the fade to really get into some summer vibes.
The stringing is pretty simple. It’s started off with a reinforced 9d topstring and moved into a defined mid pocket with 1 U, 1 straight, and 1 nylon. The sidewalls, top/bottom strings are volt, and everything else is decked out in a clean white.
The pattern is as follows: 9D top, loop start 2nd hole, 0, k, 0, k, 0, k, si, tie, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, end.