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by CelticLaxer
Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: Defence Tips
Topic: LSM stick heads
Replies: 6
Views: 2489

Re: LSM stick heads

Having played quite a bit of LSM, the Triton is my favorite. Better suited for a speed and finesse player, rather than a heavy hitter, as it will soften somewhat over time. Otherwise, for ground balls, clearing passes, and ball retention while dodging, I find the Triton hard to beat. Warrior Vice an...
by CelticLaxer
Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: Goalies Stick length
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Re: Goalies Stick length

40 inches is the "standard" goalie length shaft. By comparison, the standard short stick shaft is 30 inches. Although I'm shorter than moffat, I play with a longer shaft. I cut 2 inches off of a standard goalie shaft, just to avoid digging the butt end into the ground (a habit I've since o...
by CelticLaxer
Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: Stepping to the ball
Replies: 3
Views: 1249

Re: Stepping to the ball

Spend time working on driving your bottom hand forward on EVERY shot. Not only will this put your stick in better position to control rebounds, the habit will help pull your body forward, helping you step to the ball on every shot. I had a similar habit for years- good stick-side and off-stick low, ...
by CelticLaxer
Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: U14 goalie stick
Replies: 8
Views: 2433

The STX goalie heads are a bit harder to get cradling & dodging down. The Sentinel is a better for all-around utility, but in the long run the STX heads are the easiest to pass well with.
by CelticLaxer
Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: yelling
Replies: 11
Views: 3692

Take voice lessons in the off-season to learn how to best use your voice without losing it. Or try being in a musical in the off-season. Seriously!
by CelticLaxer
Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:38 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: what type of stringing should i get?
Replies: 17
Views: 1134

A nice soft 8-diamond is my current love. Great pocket, good consistency, and as much whip as you want! If you want less whip, find a stiffer 8 diamond piece & string the same way.
by CelticLaxer
Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: Im looking for a new goalie head
Replies: 9
Views: 2339

A few new heads are out that look really good. Harrow's 1-piece goalie stick is good, but it might be too stiff to hold up against crank shots. Warrior's new ODB head is really all the best parts of the Big Nasty, minus those god-awful wings. Throw it on an STX 2-degree offset head & it should b...
by CelticLaxer
Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Harrow. The Freeze and the Ronin?
Replies: 4
Views: 378

I managed to get an early Freeze & have been playing with it. A couple of things to know: Yes, it does have a one-year warranty, like other heads. Really nice design. Does everything very well. VEEEEEEEEERY stiff!! This may be a problem against the really hard shots. No give whatsoever! For deta...
by CelticLaxer
Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Goalkeepers Chest Plates
Replies: 1
Views: 196

I'm a fan of the Gait Sentinel chest pad. Lots of padding, but not heavy. Also, it cuts in at the arms to allow good movement. Of the many goalies I've coached, they've nearly ALL gravitated to the Warrior MPG chest pad. Perfectly good padding without being excessive & all the optional shoulder ...
by CelticLaxer
Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:14 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: protective gear
Replies: 20
Views: 801

I have Gait Insanitys as goalie gloves & Gait Hyperflex as field gloves. Love them both. Had I been smarter, I would done it the opposite way. The wrist on the Insanity is more than necessary for goaltending, but the protection is phenomenol. Only concern- the Insanity is cut big & roomy. Wh...
by CelticLaxer
Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:06 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Goalie stringing
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Best bit of advice I can give: Before stringing sidewalls, run a string from an outermost bottom string hole in and out through the mesh holes up the side of the mesh to the outermost top string hole, then run it back down to the same bottom hole through the mesh the opposite way. Pull it TIGHT befo...
by CelticLaxer
Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:58 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: Im looking for a new goalie head
Replies: 9
Views: 2339

Depends what you're looking for

Pick the head based on what you're looking for: Help throwing- STX Exclipse & Guardian are the easiest to string up for great passing. They do tend to be the toughest to cradle & dodge with though. Help cradling/dodging- the offset on the Brine goalie heads (Xtreme, Money, & Eraser) make...
by CelticLaxer
Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: Goalie gloves and thumb protection
Replies: 17
Views: 4734

Difference in thumb tips

There's a big difference in thumb tip designs on goalie gloves. Warrior, STX (and Brine...sort of) have flat thumbs that still allow the ball to smack squarely on the end of the thumb. Most of the impact is still transferred in. Gait goalie gloves, older Brine goalie gloves (see Gels circa 2002/2003...
by CelticLaxer
Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: Goalie Sticks
Replies: 17
Views: 5792

I have a wife who's a goalie too, so don't take seriously

"Hi, honey- ready for your game now?...what do you mean you forgot your stick? I told you not to forget it...No, I don't have a backup with a short shaft on it!...No, I'm not gonna run home and get it!...Well, what do you expect me to do about it now?...Alright! Fine! HERE!! Use this. I'll see ...
by CelticLaxer
Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:45 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: Leg Pads
Replies: 116
Views: 29229

(New to the forums, so pardon the late comment) When I started playing, I wore American football pants- thigh & knee pads only. They were minimal, didn't slow me down to any noticeable degree, and enabled me to focus on stopping shots, even after getting hit. A MAJOR bonus was that it encouraged...
by CelticLaxer
Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:27 am
Forum: Goalie Tips
Topic: IFWLA rule - goalkeepers can't score
Replies: 7
Views: 2064

This is a case where the US Lacrosse rules offer some insight. The ultimate issue is the pocket, shooting strings, etc. The US rulebook states that a goal can only be scored by "a legally strung field crosse" and obviously a mesh goalie pocket, with or without hockey lace shooting strings,...

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