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Top String Guide  with pictures in PDF format for download

When we’re attaching a piece of mesh to a stick for the first time it can be a little intimidating, but don’t get discouraged, it’s a lot easier than it looks. To start, we’ll need four pieces of nylon cord and a piece of mesh. Two of the pieces of cord should be at least 22 inches long, these will be for the sides. One piece of cord should be at least 24 inches long, this will be the top string. The last piece of cord should be at least 12 inches long, this will be the bottom string. Make sure to melt the tips(to keep it from fraying) with a lighter AND A PARENT! Be careful, melting nylon can burn you! So to start off, I like to temporarily anchor the mesh to the 2nd hole from the top on either side of the head. After your mesh is WELL stretched, notice that the mesh looks and feels slightly different on each side. We want the ball to come in contact with the side with more texture. With that side facing you, fold back the top row or so of mesh until you have 9 diamonds along the top row. Tie a knot on one end of each 22 inch cord and  thread one through the 2nd hole from the top on each side of the head with the knot staying on the outside. As you are looking at the front of your stick, use the cord on the left and run it through the top left diamond in the folded over mesh. Now stick the cord back in the plastic hole(2nd from the top) and pull it tight. You can now do the same to the other side. Once both sides are held on, it’s time to focus on the top string.
 
We’ll use the 24 inch cord and tie a knot in one end and feed the other through the top hole(above the one you just did) on the top left side(looking at the BACK of the stick). Run that end towards you through the top left(still looking at the BACK of the stick) diamond in the mesh and loop it around the plastic and feed it back into the hole the same way you started.  Pull it tight and now you’re ready to attach the mesh to the top of the head. It’s important to keep each of these knots as tight as possible and remove any slack in the cord.  Looking at the FRONT of the stick, feed the cord in through the top left mesh diamond and weave it back out towards you through the 2nd hole from the left in the top row of mesh.  Now feed it through the first plastic hole on the top of the head, pull it down to the left and bring it back(toward you) through the gap between the plastic and the mesh. Loop it around(to the right)and through the same gap so the cord is hanging in the back side. Now feed it through(toward you) the back side of the hole in the plastic that we just used and drop it through the loop we just made. Pull everything tight and you’re ready to move on!
 
Once the knot is tight(looking at the FRONT), feed the cord through the 3rd diamond in the mesh and pull it back out through the 4th diamond. Now tie the same knot you just learned in the 2nd plastic hole along the top and feed the cord back into the 4th diamond hole in the mesh. Now pull it over the top of the mesh and feed it through(away from you) the 5th diamond in the mesh. Next, pull the cord through(towards you) the 6th diamond in the mesh and tie that knot again. Once it is tight, feed the cord back through(away from you) the 6th diamond in the mesh. Now pull it through(toward you) the 7th diamond in the mesh and tie that knot again! Once it is tight, feed the cord through(away from you) the 8th diamond in the mesh. Almost done!
 
Now pull the cord back through(toward you) the 9th diamond in the mesh and into the plastic top side hole on the right side of the stick. Just wrap it around the back of the plastic and back into the same hole and tie it off. It’s important to have all of the slack out of the spaces between those knots. The top string is the most important part and if it’s goofy, it’s better to redo it and have a more accurate end result. Your stick is your personal tool to your success on the field. Take pride in what you are doing and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Feel free to try out different knots and placement of the mesh, in the end, it’s all about what feels right to YOU.