R.I.S.E. stands for Revamp, Improve, Strengthen, Evolve and the new R.I.S.E. Training Ball. The guys at R.I.S.E. challenged me to try one for a review and, well, let’s see how it did:
The R.I.S.E. Training Ball is the same size and feel but is slightly heavier than a regulation weight ball. The purpose of it is that while training with the R.I.S.E. ball, you’ll get used to using the extra weight so when you go to using a regulation ball in a game it will feel lighter and give you snappier passes and shots.
Holding the ball in my hand when I took it out of the package, I could immediately feel the little bit of extra weight, but it didn’t seem overly heavy. Everything else about it felt like a standard lacrosse ball. Putting it in my stick and cradling around with it, I felt like it was a bit heavier and had more feel for where the ball was in the head, which I actually liked a lot. When I started playing wall ball with it, I couldn’t really feel any difference in using it. After about an hour of using it, I grabbed a regular Maverik ball and right away, it felt lighter and that ball was easier to throw quickly than usual. It felt like the R.I.S.E ball was working in just my short session messing around with it. You don’t have to change your throwing mechanics but it will help you to increase the speed that you release the ball without any extra work then what you should already be doing, and without having to modify your stick at all. You just pick it up and throw.
Sine my trial, I’ve switched to using the R.I.S.E. Training Ball for wall ball and for my warmups before all of my games (I’m a box player in Buffalo, NY). I definitely recommend it, especially to players looking to increase their shot speed and have an overall quicker stick.
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Oliver Marti: Starting an NLL Team in Albany and Investing in the PLL and Epoch Lacrosse (Pro Lacrosse Talk Podcast #130)
byPro Lacrosse Talk
On this episode of the Pro Lacrosse Talk Podcast, Hutton Jackson and Adam Moore are joined by three-time All-American at Brown University, investor in the PLL, and the newest NLL owner Oliver Marti. He discusses moving the New England Black Wolves franchise to Albany, New York, why the city of Albany was chosen and share his thoughts on the team’s potential new identity. He also discusses his time playing for Dom Starsia at Brown University, playing for the New York Saints in the MILL, starting the Connecticut Box Lacrosse League, investing in the Premier Lacrosse League and equipment manufacturer Epoch Lacrosse, and his opinion on the current state of pro lacrosse.
Pro Lacrosse Talk is the flagship lacrosse podcast of the Lacrosse Playground network covering all three professional lacrosse leagues (NLL, PLL, Athletes Unlimited). Each week throughout the season we’ll recap the games, provide analysis on the teams and feature exclusive postgame and off-the-field interviews with professional lacrosse players, coaches and executives. If you’re a fan of lacrosse podcasts like the Unbuckled Chinstrap, The Inside Feed, Lacrosse Classified or The Crease Dive, then give us a listen.