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 Princeton senior defenseman and recently named captain, Jeremy Hirsch. Check out what he uses to bring the pain. More after the jump.
What head do you use?
For the fall and winter I have been using Warrior’s Revolution X 6. It’s really stiff and doesn’t bend and pretty narrow. I just strung up a Warrior Noz which I think I’ll use this spring. It’s a little wider, which I like, but it seems really flimsy. So I hope it holds up and doesn’t snap.
What handle do you use?
I use the Dolomite pole. I like the somewhat smooth grip and it’s not too flashy. Just plain grey. It also doesn’t bend as much as the others. Sometimes I’ll switch it with a Krypto-light since that’s a little lighter.
Where does your pocket sit/what type of pocket do you prefer?
I like my pocket as high as possible and not too deep for a quick release after a ground ball.
Who is your stick doctor? Do you string it yourself or have a go-to-teammate/friend?
Alex Capretta, a sophomore, usually helps me out. I’ve been trying to learn how to string a stick from him so I know how to make adjustments to it during practice.
What kind of mesh do you use (Hard, soft, traditional/leathers, marc , etc.)? Why?
I use hardmesh. I can break in it after a while and then it keeps a pretty good pocket.
What is your preferred glove?
I really like Warriors’ Sugar Daddys. We got a pair for the tournament last year and they were awesome. They are pretty tight on your hands, kind of fit like a glove, with not a lot of extra padding so you could move your wrists and hands around a lot.
How much whip does your stick have?
I probably have close to zero whip.
Anything unique you do to your head or shaft (pocket up-keep, tape jobs, alterations, etc.)?
I put barely any tape at the bottom of my shaft. Maybe a little ring at the bottom.
How long do you keep a stick before you get a new one?
Last year I used the same mesh all season. I went through about three heads but just kept replacing the mesh exactly how I had it before. I went threw a few poles but they always get bent so I don’t really care about that.
What’s most important to you in a stick/what makes a good stick?
I have to be able to throw consistently so it takes me awhile to break in a stick to how I like it. Once I get it there I don’t change anything.
More info about the Warrior Noz here.