Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion.
The whip debate is one that has been around since the beginning of lacrosse sticks. This article will outline some of the benefits and problems that whip and lack of whip will cause for a player. For those of you who do not know what whip is, I will start with a definition of what whip is.
WHIP: In a lacrosse stick, when the ball is hooked by the mesh, shooting strings, pocket, or plastic it will leaves the stick early. When a stick has a high amount of whip, and the player follows through overhand to the target with his stick, the ball will be hooked and throw down or low. The higher the amount of whip, the higher the degree of hook. In a stick with no whip, the ball will throw directly at the target the stick is pointed towards.
This chart displays the pros and cons that a player experiences from using or not using whip in their stick:
It is easy to see that there are many factors that need to be considered when deciding if you want whip or not. Here are some rules and tips to help players decide and maintain their whip:
1) New players should always begin and learn with no whip so they can develop a full and accurate throwing and shooting motion.
2) Offensive players should use some degree of whip so they can have increased hold and harder shots.
3) Defensive players and goalies should try to use less whip or no whip so they can throw long, cross-field clearing passes.
4) Players should get used to the amount of whip they like and STICK WITH IT! Changing your stick around means changing your mechanics as well.
5) ALWAYS have your backup ready with the same amount of whip that you like so it is game ready if you need it.
6) Not sure what to do? Ask for a medium amount of whip to try the best of both worlds.
Universal Lacrosse provides custom stringing by professional stringers with any amount of whip or pocket placement preferred.. just ask! Any questions, comments, or added tips? Please feel free to comment below!
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