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Flex.

September 6, 2014

Lots of shafts now-a-days say "10° of flex!" and other things relating to flex.  They make it seem like it's the next big thing.  What is flex?  Flex is a shaft's ability to bend during a shot or pass.  Now that you know what it is, I'll answer some common questions about flex.

How does flex affect my shot?

In short: it makes your shot a little bit faster.  However flex is the last thing …

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In-depth Review: East Coat Mesh

August 24, 2014

I've seen many "reviews" of East Coast and other mesh brands over the years.  Sure, they give basic information but many people simply buy one strip, string it up, and then act like they know everything.  But as anybody who completed middle school science could tell you, you need to test multiple samples to be confident in the results from your test.  I have strung East Coast five times, and two…

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What Makes Box Lacrosse Goalies Different

August 15, 2014

They might look funny to some in all their pads, but box lacrosse goalies have one of the toughest positions in all of sports.

In a professional boxla game goalies face anywhere from 40 to 70 shots a game.  That's insane!  Lots of players shoot over 100 MPH.  Just one of these shots to the groin could leave a man heaving on the ground, let alone 70 of them!  You'd have to be crazy to stand in f…

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Pure Adrenaline: Inline Lacrosse

August 8, 2014

Earlier this year, as the spring came and so did the field lacrosse season, me and my friends were at practice.  After practice we got an amazing idea: playing lacrosse on roller skates.  It sounded absurd but we kept talking about it more and more until eventually we organized a game.  We played on my friends driveway, which was concrete and about 100 feet long.  We decided that lacrosse goals …

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What to Eat Before a Lacrosse Game

July 28, 2014

As any midfielder could tell you, playing lacrosse requires lots of energy.  But where does that energy come from?  It comes from food and a good sleep cycle.  I'm not going to dive into sleep cycles but I can tell you a bit about food.  This guide will work for almost any workout where you're going to need lots of energy for exercise over an extended period of time.

Things to avoid

Avoid …

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A Look Back With Lyle Shirley

July 17, 2014

Lyle Shirley was an amazing lacrosse player who set multiple records at Lake Forest College and was voted the most valuable player of the team.

After college he played for the Detroit Turbos of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1991 until the franchise's end in 1994.  This means he was on the Detroit team who won the 1991 MILL championship.

I had the ability to interview Lyle who answered…

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Old-Style Lacrosse Face-offs

July 8, 2014

So this past week I was watching the 1974 finals from the original NLL.  The game was about to start, but something looked different.  The two face-off men lined up perpendicular to the goalies at the center of the court.  It looked like an ice hockey face-off.  The referee held the ball down to the ground in between them and then lifted his hand and blew his whistle.  The two players sticks fle…

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The Evolution of the Box Lacrosse Goalie

June 24, 2014

If you've been a box lacrosse fan for a long time, you've probably noticed some changes in the game over the years.  From crease sizes to smaller nets, boxla has come a long way from what it once was.

If there's any one thing that's changed the most since the creation of the sport, it's definitely the goal keepers.  If you look at the hockey goalie, the only real change has been the addition of …

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Gait Polar Ice Lacrosse Shaft Review

June 18, 2014

Last time I posted I discussed various aluminium alloys and how they differ.  This made me want to review a shaft and what better time than now to review a shaft not many others have reviewed yet.

Before we get the review started, here's a basic outline of the shaft:

Length:

30.25 in. (including end-cap)*

30 in. (excluding end-cap)*

Weight: 5.5 oz.
Material: C555 alumi…

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Aluminium Lacrosse Shaft Alloy Guide

June 12, 2014

Shafts these days are confusing.  Companies will throw many different alloys in your face without any explanation besides 'Durable!' or 'Lightweight!'  Here is my chart to clear up the confusion and provide an easy explanation:

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