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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 former Cornell middie and current Denver Outlaw Max Seibald.
What head do you use?
The Nike Elite.
What handle do you use?
Where does your pocket sit/what type of pocket to you prefer?
My sticks generally have a pocket right in the middle underneath the u-shooting string. I usually have one nylon across the top, one shooting string underneath that, and then a u-shaped shooting string where I like the ball to sit.
Who is your stick doctor? Do you string it yourself or have a go-to-teammate/friend?
I use to have my teammate Mike Corbolotti string my sticks. When he graduated, Ryan Hurley became my stick doctor. Now that I have graduated college and am not around my old teammates all the time, I started to string my own sticks again.
What kind of mesh do you use? Why?
I prefer the standard dura mesh because it is not too hard and not too soft. It allows you to break in your pocket however you want and it also last for a long time. It requires minimal maintenance and throws consistently.
What is your preferred glove?
The new Nike Huarache gloves are really sweet, I am a big fan. They have a lot of improvements from the first Nike gloves released last season.
How much whip does your stick have?
I use to love a lot of whip in my sticks, but not so much anymore because for me it is more important to make crisp accurate passes and more accurate shots than shooting really fast and throwing inconsistent passes.
Anything unique you do to your head or shaft (pocket up-keep, tape jobs, alterations, etc.)?
Nothing specific, it all depends on the stick and the time of year. As the weather gets worse out I use more tape up and down the shaft for more grip in damp conditions, and as it gets nicer out, I use less tape. The one thing that remains pretty consistent is that I have a pretty thick nub of tape about a half inch up from the bottom of the shaft so it makes my shaft feel shorter and also gives me extra leverage when I take a shot.
How long do you keep a stick before you get a new one?
Again, it all depends on the time of year and also how I play with a stick. If the weather is bad then I change my stick more often because the mesh loses its “stank” faster. “Stank” is basically the word I use to describe how the mesh grips the ball. The better the weather, the less I change my stick up.