How many shooting strings?  What can I do if no one is around to shoot on me?

How many shooting strings? What can I do if no one is around to shoot on me?

Question: Rich writes:  ok im a second year jr. goalie in high school and i still need alot of work. i wanted to know how many shooting strings to put on my goalie head cus im getting it redone with marc mesh and a semi deep pocket. iv seen kids with two shooting string to kids with five and i dont know the difference and how i should seperate them. im a strong so the deeper pock i have wont affect my clear. and i have a a regular goalie shaft if that helps. thanx for any help rich p.s. do u have any traing tips so i can practise by myself when i cant get to a net and have someone shoot on me Answer:  Rich three shooting strings is all you need.  Straight across.  Skip one row of diamonds between rows.  So you would have the scoop, then one row of diamonds, then your top shooting string.  I use a sidewall lace for my top shooting string because it gets a ton of abuse getting shots on it.  I find the sidewall laces don’t stretch as much as cotton hockey laces that you use for other shooting strings. For the second and third laces use a cotton hockey lace.  You can get them at any sporting goods store that sells hockey skates.  Skip one row of diamonds and put your second one across.  Skip another row of diamonds and do your third.  That’s all you need. My best tip for getting better without someone shooting on you is this: 1)Visualize.  The mind doesn’t know the difference between...
Are You Getting Nervous For Lacrosse Season?

Are You Getting Nervous For Lacrosse Season?

Getting Nervous For Lacrosse Season Is Great For Goalies Getting nervous means that it’s getting close to lacrosse time for most of us and I’m starting to get a lot of emails from goalies who are “nervous” about the season.  I’ve written about this before but now is as good a time as any to touch on the idea…getting “nervous” is good!  Here’s why. A Great Story About Nerves First a story:  When I was training for the Olympics back in the day I worked with a great sports psychologist named Dr. Jerry Lynch.  I explained to him that I was “nervous” about the upcoming season and that it made me feel weird.  My arms would tingle.  My stomach would turn.  And my heart rate was sometimes through the roof and I wasn’t even playing! I viewed it as a bad thing, but Jerry taught me to look at it in a different way and that is what I’m going to do today for you. How To Reframe Those Nervous Feelings You see, getting nervous is really a mechanism in your body to prepare it to perform at a higher level.  A level that it may not have ever performed at before.  What we feel going on in our body is weird.  Strange.  And sometimes debilitating.  It’s part of the “Flight of Fight” response that has been wired into our brain for thousands of years.  It’s that same mechanism that happens when your in the woods and you run into a bear.  Or you are a firefighter caught in a burning building.  Your brain sends a signal to your...