Max McCool: How to string the Corner Pocket

This is a version of the Corner Pocket. It is a combination of mesh and traditional that creates a visible channel for the ball. For this pocket, I had a piece of mesh that was specially made for the job, but you can cut up a piece of regular mesh if you'd like. Just decide how many diamonds wide you want in your strip, and cut right on the outside of those diamonds. Burn the sides of the mesh so that it doesn’t unravel, though.

For this pocket, I used one 2.5 foot top string, two 3.5 foot strings for the vertical runners, two 6 foot crosslace strings for the twists, and your normal sidewall strings (1.5 feet each).

To start, I strung my sidewalls. This is almost always my first step. If your head has a lot of sidewall holes, you’ll probably want to use a good number of them to give you more options for your crosslace. Then I folded the top row of my mesh over so that there are six diamonds at the top. You should start by coming UP through the outer diamond, and then doing a normal hitch through the scoop. My how-to picture might look different, but that’s because I changed it after I got all the way across. Just look at the final “top” picture and go with that. I centered two diamonds on the two middle scoop holes, and really stretched the mesh across the top.

Next I folded the 3.5 foot strings in half and made a loop to go around the outer scoop knot. This is just to anchor them at the top and outermost part of the mesh. From here, I weaved them down the outer row of diamonds, just like you would a woven shooting string. Since the Proton Power doesn’t have too many holes near the bottom, I used the lowest sidewall hole and connect the two halves in a knot near the bottom. When you do the other side, make sure to keep them at an even depth so that your channel is even.

Now it’s time for the crosslace. Start up at the top and go in the highest sidewall hole. Go to the first hole on the side of the mesh and go down through it. Make sure you go between the twisting string that is woven through it, so that you get one of them. This will help the durability of the mesh. Make a loop around it, and then twist the nylon around itself to get a good, horizontal twist. Go back to the sidewall, loop around it, and then repeat the process with the next lowest diamond. Keep your crosslace anchored on the sidewall as much as possible so that it doesn’t slide around at all. A general rule I go by is that I always want my crosslace anchored below the diamond it is even with. That way it provides some resistance. When you get to the bottom, tie it off. Do the other side exactly the same way. Lastly, put in a bottom string connecting the mesh to the throat holes.

Finally, throw in your shooters. I used the rows of diamonds in between the crosslace-connections for a smoother release. When those are in, grab a ball. The best part about this pocket is that you can easily adjust the depth of the whole pocket by using the mesh-runners. See the pictures below for a visual guide. Good luck with this one, and if you have any questions, post them up here and I’ll answer them.





























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