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R.I.S.E. Training Ball Review


R.I.S.E. stands for Revamp, Improve, Strengthen, Evolve and the new R.I.S.E. Training Ball. The guys at R.I.S.E. challenged me to try one for a review and, well, let’s see how it did:   ​The R.I.S.E. Training Ball is the same size and feel but is slightly heavier than a regulation weight ball. The purpose of it […]

Breaking: Redline Relaunch Coming Soon


We have word that Minnesota-based Redline is relaunching their brand in the coming days. We’ll be the first to post both product images and reviews as soon as they become available. Updates will be here and @lacrosseplayground.  

Posted in: Equipment/Gear, Redline

The Hawk Sequel is here


Epoch unveiled The Hawk Sequel today. Check it out: Epoch’s heads are known for their durability, but the Sequel’s technology is focused mostly on it’s scoop. We’ll have a review for you as soon as they ship in mid-to-late December.

Posted in: Epoch, Heads

Grip ‘N Rip: Joe LoCascio, Florida Launch


University of Maryland grad and 17th overall draft pick by the Florida Launch, Joe LoCascio dropped by to share some insight to the stick that’ll be using to throw some serious heat in the MLL this coming season. The Lindenhurst, New York native graduated from the University of Maryland in 2015 with USILA Third Team […]

Falcone Zone #2: How to Pinch a Lacrosse Head


Today, I’m showing you how to pinch a lacrosse head.  Pinching a lacrosse head changes the face shape of it more to your liking.  This can be used to make an old very wide head have a more modern pinch or could make it narrow (like a typical “box head”).  For these instructions, I am […]

Posted in: Falcone Zone, Heads

Stylin’ Strings: 2016 Notre Dame Pockets, Part 1

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Our buds at Stylin Strings show off some heads bound for South Bend:   Welcome to the 81st episode of the world renowned Ship Out Shout Out by Stylin Strings Lacrosse. This week we highlight a few sticks that we are sending out the the Notre Dame Irish lacrosse program. We start off with a […]

Posted in: Notre Dame, Stringing

Review: TradiTree Retro


TradiTree has released iteration after iteration of the already innovative original TradiTree that include one for pita pockets, six-shooters, and even for a women’s stick. Most recently they have release the TradiTree Retro. At first glance, it might just look like the original TradiTree.  It has four branches that hold the leather in place so […]

Posted in: Stringing

Falcone Zone #1: Intro to Stringing and Dyeing


Howdy, I’m the new resident stringing and dying writer for Lacrosse Playground. The Falcone Zone will feature my work, the work of other great stringers, and reviews of new products coming to the market. I’ll be sharing tips and tricks as well, of course (how else are you going to get started?). The first head I’m showcasing […]

Posted in: Falcone Zone, Stringing

Grip ‘N Rip: Pat Young, University of Maryland / UMBC


Ranked number 19 in Quint Kessenich’s Top 50 Players in DI Lacrosse, University of Maryland Senior, Pat Young, is one of the most dynamic midfielders in the game. A two time first team All-America East Conference honoree and the 2013 America East Conference Rookie of the Year award winner, Pat Young transferred to the University […]

ECD Focus Shaft Review


ECD surprised me when I heard that they were going to enter into the metal shaft game. Most companies would normally choose to focus on what they have already brought to the table, then try and make it better. Instead, ECD decided to throw everything off the table and start from scratch. Bold move, but […]