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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 Johns Hopkins keeper, Michael Gvozden.
What head do you use?
I use the STX eclipse head.
What handle do you use?
The STX axe shaft.
Where does your pocket sit/what type of pocket to you prefer?
My pocket sits directly in the middle of the head. I like a nice big bag. Monstermesh is good for that.
Who is your stick doctor? Do you string it yourself or have a go-to-teammate/friend?
I string my own sticks. Over the years I have picked up a number of tips from other stick stringers. One of the other goalies on our team Guy Vansyckle strings a nice twig.
What kind of mesh do you use ?
I use 12-diamond monster mesh.
What is your preferred glove?
I am a big fan of the G-22 goalie glove. However, we checked out the new k-18’s that one of the STX reps brought in to the locker room and I really dig them.
How much whip does your stick have?
My stick doesn’t have much whip, I need to be able to get some touch on my outlets.
Anything unique you do to your head or shaft?
I like to tape the top part of my shaft so that my top hand does not move when I catch a shot. I do the criss-cross style tape job (just for show I’m not sure what it really does).
How long do you keep a stick before you get a new one?
I usually keep a stick until the head gets flimsy–just before the “hit the weight room” comments come when a ball hits my stick and goes in.
What’s most important to you in a stick/what makes a good stick?
I think a light stick with a deep pocket makes a great stick. It helps me feel a lot more comfortable in the cage.