Welcome to the 2013 ComLax Holiday Gift Guide! It is easy for things to get out of control during the holidays, so we figured it would be a good idea to offer you some help finding the perfect gift for every lacrosse player and fan in your life. To make things easy, we went through the copious amount of lacrosse heads, helmets, shafts, gloves and gift items in our store and narrowed each category down to a small grouping of items that are sure to bring holiday cheer. There are perfect ideas for every price range and age level, so use the buttons below to find some great gifts!
Today’s post features College and Professional Lacrosse players’ stick setups and stringing preferences.
First up is former UVA standout and LXM Pro athlete Rhamel Bratton. Unfortunately, Rhamel ended his 2011 senior campaign earlier than we would have liked due to a team-issued suspension, but he played a vital role in paving UVA’s road to the national championship. Now, Rhamel participates in the LXM Pro Tour, which is a professional lacrosse tour run by Kyle Harrison.
Today, I’m mirroring Rhamel’s setup he used when he played for UVA. There is a story behind this setup. The manager of our Franklin ComLax store, Kyle Prussing and a couple other ComLax managers were at the Final Four at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA a few years back. Rhamel threw his stick up into the crowd and they caught it. Considering some pictures I found on the internet and Kyle’s description, I came up with this mirrored setup.
Throughout college, Rhamel rocked the Evo X head on a Gait handle. At the time Kyle and company got their hands on his setup, his shaft’s graphics were pretty worn. It is safe to assume however, that Rhamel used one of Gait’s top shafts because UVA has always been sponsored by Gait. Therefore I decided to throw a Gait DB803 on the head.
To mirror Rhamel’s setup, I started off by marinating the white Jimalax hard mesh in some lukewarm water just as Kyle and Kyle demonstrate in our YouTube Stringing Tutorial. I then laced up the California Dream Top String (Triangle Top String). Then I strung the sidewalls with the goal of forming a mid pocket with a tight channel (1,1,1,1,2i,1,1,1,1). One cool thing I liked about this stringing pattern was the crispy mesh curl – once I threw in a bottom string. After I pounded in the mid-pocket, I put in one U shooting string, 3 diamonds wide and then another one 5 diamonds wide. A unique thing Rhamel does with his stick is he puts two nylons above his shooting strings. Most players use one nylon, but Rhamel places his on consecutive rows of diamonds and makes them fairly tight. This gives the head a good amount of whip and a very smooth release. Rhamel’s distinct passing and shooting style/technique can be attributed to this unique shooting string pattern.
Once the strings were all tight, I screwed the Evo X on the Gait DB803 Handle. Based on the photos I found online, Rhamel made a thick butt end on his shaft and also taped about a 1/4 of the way up. In addition to this, Rhamel had three thin strips of tape that sat right where his top hand sits when he passes and shoots.
I would recommend this stick for any mid-level to experienced players who hit the weight room. This setup isn’t for those who pass or shoot lightly. You need to get some muscle behind this stick for it to be effective. So, anyone who can bring the high heat and dish quickly will standout with this setup.
By Kyle Prussing, Manager, ComLax Franklin, MA
For many of us folks here on the east coast, February vacation week has come to an end. As Spring nears, many of us players and coaches will soon be taking the field. For goalies, this is the time to be taking inventory of your equipment and one of the most important items to consider is your STICK. Come April, the excuse of “coach, my stick is not throwing properly” or “my stick is too short/long” doesnt go over so well. Trust me, I’m a coach. Listed below are a few tips and suggestions I strongly reccommend you consider.
- A complete lacrosse goalie stick (including head and shaft) is approx 60″ in length. The shaft/handle is generally 42″ in length. Goalie Heads are approx 17-18″ in length. In my opinion, the length of stick can be slighly reduced without jeopardizing performance.
- For boys playing lacrosse at the college or high school level, a length beetween 49″-53″ is ideal. This still allows one to have control of stick while clearing on outlets or playing defense and knocking down or intercepting passes.
- For Girls in college or high school, the stick can be no LESS than 35 1/2 ” in length and no longer than 48″. The ideal length for this age group is 39″-46″.
- For Youth levels of play (boys and girls), 37″-44″ is ideal.
- Many of todays lacrosse shafts are made from some type of high grade Aluminum or Titanium. Please use caution when cutting and always remember that you can cut off more if needed- any table saw or hacksaw will suffice.
- In todays market, you are given many different options when selecting a stick. Listed below are my top picks for 2012.
BEST COMPLETE STICK: BRINE MONEY COMPLETE
Have questions? No problem! Contact your local ComLax location with any questions. Until next time. BREAK!
Today we’re checking in with Bryan Feener, who manages our ComLax store in Medford, Massachusetts. Bryan has been with us for about two years now and played both lacrosse and ice hockey at Malden Catholic. Let’s let him give us the lowdown on what you might find in his lacrosse bag these days:
Shoulder Pad: STX Cell Liner
Arm Gaurds: Nike Vapor arm gaurds (white)
Helmet – Custom Cascade Pro 7 helmet (Malden Catholic colors)
Gloves – Warrior Mac Daddy Navy Blue
Cleats – Under Armour
Go see more about Bryan and our Medford store at our Medford ComLax profile page.
It’s time for another installment of “What’s In My Bag.” Today we take it out to Berlin, MA, where Terry Soloski runs the show over at our ComLax store in Berlin. And away we go……
Stick: Pink-dyed Evo Pro strung up with all white soft mesh (I like the hold and whip you get with it)
Shaft: cut down Brine Scandium goalie shaft.
Helmet: Cascade Pro7 with chrome mask
Gloves: STX K18 custom colors (older model)
Cleats: Nike Huaraches (original model)
Arm Pads: K18 arm pads (White)
Along with the random stuff of UnderArmour cold gear, pinnies, mouth guard and empty gatorade bottles.