Lacrosse Playground, every once in awhile, features a different lacrosse athlete as part of our “Grip ‘N Rip” series, where we’ll find out what the best use to fine tune their game. Today we feature Detroit Country Day goalie and Hopkins commit, Ahmed Iftikar.
What head do you use?
What handle do you use?
Where does your pocket sit/what type of pocket to you prefer?
Pocket Sits in the middle, Prefer a deep bag.
Who is your stick doctor? Do you string it yourself or have a go-to-teammate/friend?
I am my own stick Doctor.
What kind of mesh do you use (Hard, soft, monster, traditional/leathers, marc , etc.)? Why?
12 Diamond Hard. Easy to get deep and holds the ball well..
What is your preferred glove?
STX k18 Goalie Gloves
How much whip does your stick have?
1-10 probably around an eight or Nine.
Anything unique you do to your head or shaft (pocket up-keep, tape jobs, alterations, etc.)?
In order to get a deep pocket, I usually double 3 times on the sidewall. Also sometimes for sidewall string I use as a shooting string I will burn and melt the ends of the string together so that they don’t come loose.
How long do you keep a stick before you get a new one?
1 entire season
What’s most important to you in a stick/what makes a good stick?
A goalie stick has to be extremely light, when the ball are coming at you 80 MPH plus you have to have quick hands which you can only have with a light stick.
What are you looking forward to this season?
Detroit Country Day is playing an extremely competitive schedule this season. We have more than 5 top 20 Midwest teams on our schedule.
Where are you going to be playing lacrosse in college? Why?
I will be attending Johns Hopkins University. I chose Johns Hopkins because it combined both lacrosse and academics. It’s their only Division one sport which stood out to me and also I’ve always wanted to play at the highest level possible and Johns Hopkins provides me with that opportunity.