Each week Lacrosse Playground will be featuring 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. This week we are featuring St. Mary’s of Annapolis midfielder and UNC commit, Mark McNeill. Check out what this beast from Naptown uses to school people.
What head do you use?
I use a royal blue STX proton power.
What handle do you use?
My pole is an STX sci-ti premiere.
Where does your pocket sit/what type of pocket to you prefer?
My pocket sits in the middle and I like my pockets alittle shallow, not too deep.
Who is your stick doctor? Do you string it yourself or have a go-to-teammate/friend?
Yea I have a go to teammate/friend. Peter Boyle is my stick doctor. He has strung all of my sticks since freshman year.
What kind of mesh do you use (Hard, soft, traditional/leathers, marc , etc.)? Why?
I use hard mesh because I find it easier to deal with. Soft mesh streches too much and hard doesn’t change as much.
What is your preferred glove?
I prefer k-18′s. That’s what my high school team uses so I don’t really remember what other gloves I’ve used in the past.
How much whip does your stick have?
I like my sticks with very little whip or none at all.
Anything unique you do to your head or shaft (pocket up-keep, tape jobs, alterations, etc.)?
I kind of have a unique tape job. I don’t use a rubber butt and I like to have a strip of tape where I put my top hand for shooting. I also like to tape my stick from the butt to about 6 inches up.
How long do you keep a stick before you get a new one?
I keep my poles and heads until they break. I keep my mesh until it breaks or unless it’s so worn out and doesn’t function right.
What’s most important to you in a stick/what makes a good stick?
What makes a good stick is how it feels in your hands.