Men’s lacrosse mesh stringing tutorial part 1: top string

What you need

In order to string the top string of a men’s lacrosse head with mesh, you’ll need the following materials and tools:

  • ~1 yard of sidewall string
  • Piece of mesh
  • Lighter
  • Scissors

Prep your materials

Leaving about an inch or two of slack at the end, tie a double knot in your sidewall string.

How to tie a double knot
Forming a hard tip with the lighter
Folding the top of the mesh

Top string loop

Thread the pointed end of your string through one of the top two sidewall holes of the head you’re stringing. Which hole you use is a matter of preference and can depend on the size of the holes in the head. Using the second hole will pull the mesh further down the sidewall and is preferred if the head allows it because it will result in a better channel in the pocket. But some heads don’t have many holes and the second sidewall hole is too far down—in which case, you should use the top hole.

  1. Thread the string through the sidewall hole of the head.
  2. Thread the string through the front of the first diamond in the mesh.
Top string loop process
Top string loop final

Top string knot

After you’ve secured the first diamond of mesh with your top string loop, you’re going to string your first top string knot in the next diamond. Stringing the the top string knot is a five-step process:

  1. Thread the string through the diamond of mesh from the back side.
  2. Thread the string through the top hole in the head from the front side.
  3. Form the left side of the top string knot by pulling the tipped end of the string between the mesh and extra slack of string to the left of the diamond.
  4. Doing the reverse of step 2, thread the string through the top hole in the head from the back side.
  5. Doing the reverse of step 1, thread the string through the diamond of mesh from the front side. Be sure to pull the tipped end of the string inside the extra slack of string to the right of the diamond forming the right side of the top string knot.
Top string knot steps 1 & 2
Top string knot step 3
Top string knot steps 4 & 5
Top string knot final

Repeat the top string knot

Now that you’ve completed one top string knot, you’re going to do three more skipping one diamond of mesh between each knot.

Top string knots 2–4

Finish the top string

In order to finish off your top string, you’re going to reverse the top string loop that you started with. First, thread the string through the back side of the last diamond of mesh. Then, pull the string through the hole on the right side of the head mirroring the hole that you used on the left side to start your top string.

Starting the final top string loop
Single top string loop
Final top string loop

Final result

Finished top string

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