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Five tips for keeping your stick game ready

Last week we told you a few tips on how to protect your pocket after a rainy/muddy game. This week we’ll look at a couple of common mistakes you should avoid if you want to protect your head and pocket.

Last week we told you a few tips on how to protect your pocket after a rainy/muddy game. This week we’ll look at a couple of common mistakes you should avoid if you want to protect your head and pocket.

Traveling with your gear- We’ve all left our sticks in our car. But be careful when you do so, especially when its summer time. Keep in mind that how you squeeze that stick in your care could mean your stick comes out in less-than game shape. Take this summer, when one unlucky LPG staffer had four d-poles in his car. Now, four poles in small space is definitely not a good idea (and yes, he knew that before hand). As a result of that cramming, one of the poles came out with the head bent at about a 45 degree angle. Not good. If you have to leave a stick in there, make sure it has the space. Don’t squeeze it into a space where it doesn’t fit and don’t leave it in too hot of a car for too long.

Watch the Fahrenheit- Temperature shock can affect a head. Take your head from a warm interior to a cold snowy day and that big temperature change leaves your head vulnerable. But it works both ways. Many of you may have tried to bake your head and seen how malleable the plastic has gotten. Any extreme temperature change means your head is at risk – either becoming more vulnerable to cracks or shattering or more vulnerable to bending.

Take care of cracks- When you notice a crack in your head, take care of it. Either switch it out for a new head or treat the crack (super glue works fine) so that it doesn’t break further. The last thing you want is to ignore a small crack and have your head shatter in the middle of a big game.

Putting your gear on your stick- Let’s review how you are supposed to put your gear over your stick. Now, listen carefully: helmet, then pads. We see so many people put their pads on their stick first, then slip the helmet over. All that does is push your pads against your head and mess up your pocket. Put the helmet over the shaft, then slide your pads on.

Keep the anger in check- We all get pissed when we let up a goal, but slamming your stick on the ground (which you know you’ve done at some point) won’t help. Remember, you paid a lot of money for this stick. Take care of it.

These are some of the most common mistakes we see from laxers and it just takes a little extra effort to take care of your stick. Just remember, you spend $100+ to pay for your head and you want it to last as long as it can.

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Yo Yo ma
Yo Yo ma
12 years ago

Umm how about this buy a bag you cheapos. Put helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads in your bag, and I promise you will never have to worry about doing any damage to your head.

murphegg
murphegg
12 years ago

Well said. I always try to make sure to take the proper steps to taking care of my wand after I’m done playing.

Blake, I’m gonna start putting my gloves on first and then my helmet before I slide my pads down. Thanks for the advice.

Blake Morris
Blake Morris
12 years ago

Putting your gear on your stick- Let’s review how you are supposed to put your gear over your stick. Now, listen carefully: helmet, then pads. We see so many people put their pads on their stick first, then slip the helmet over. All that does is push your pads against your head and mess up your pocket. Put the helmet over the shaft, then slide your pads on.

BIG no-no!

IF you must put your pads on your stick, Always put gloves then Aps on before your lid, Yes you must mind you pocket but the weight of the helmet and the rigidity of the face mask is NOT what your head needs, it will only misshape you head, even crack the throat. The gloves and Aps ( If you wear them, I’m a goalie) act as spacers, taking the unneeded stress off your wand.

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