A very rough draft of some topstring instruction illustrations; detailed instructions about why and how will coincide.

The Medium

0 - Published November 14, 2012 by in Stick Tech, String Jobs

When thinking about the best way to get certain messages I’d like to share with players and the lacrosse community, I kept going back, in my thoughts, to how the message is delivered. I’ve come to the realization that one medium is almost never always better than another; it depends on the content, and also the learning style that suits the receiver best.

Here is a perfect example: Why is it that some people can put together an IKEA dresser in 15 minutes and others in 15 hours? I bet if IKEA made a little YouTube clip for each dresser  that they sold, the time for the 15 hour people would change drastically – that’s visual illustrations and words vs. video.

As for my message, the importance of knowing what a pocket is and how it functions in order to help make you the best player you can be, I’ve decided that both video and written mediums are worth exploring. After 5 months of writing scripts and shot lists for Stringing Revolution, the DVD, and shooting it down in Austin, I feel comfortable saying that this DVD will be the most comprehensive set of instructions about what a pocket is, fundamentally, how it works and how to make it work best for your game.

So, the video portion of my message is covered, but what about for the IKEA 15 minuters? On to the book, while the intention of the book is to teach a larger message than the relation of pocket to game, it will cover all of the above. After doing some initial writing on the technical execution of stringing a pocket, I feel comfortable that I can word it in a way that matches up with some simple illustrations. Any book, much like the IKEA instructions, tells a story; if this book has instructional intentions, exactly like the IKEA manual, the book must present that information in a way that allows the reader to digest it then apply it in 3D.

A book shows you what to do, but doesn’t show you…if you know what I mean. A video literally shows you. Time is a real factor here – the time spent watching a video and applying its information is much, much shorter than the time spent reading a book, comprehending it in your mind and then applying. This can be good or bad – the more time you spend thinking about a complex subject, the easier it is to understand. Book = more time = understanding better? Certainly, this is not true all the time; sometimes, you just need to see it.

I thought it was worth mentioning just to state that we should all be open to any medium; you might just find a different way of thinking about your IKEA dresser issues, and, perhaps, your lacrosse game too. Also, I wanted to share a very rough draft of some initial topstring illustration concepts that I’ve put together for Zen, Lacrosse and the Art of Stringing; the instructions in the frames might be a little hard to read, so I will transcribe them.

A very rough draft of some initial topstring instruction illustrations. Detailed instructions about why and how will coincide with a more advanced version of these illustrations.

Frame 1

“These are the holes you’ll use.” (the 2 top sidewall holes and 4 top holes)

Frame 2

“A closer view of first holes.” (top sidewall hole and top hole #1)

Frame 3

“Tie a know in your topstring.”

Frame 4

“Stretch your mesh.”

Frame 5

“Fold the mesh over so the row with 9 diamonds is perfectly aligned. Holes used: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9.” (stars are to denote “bunny ears”)

I will have detailed instructions to go along with these simple ones, to explain why you do certain techniques, but it is fun to see how much you can get across with little words.

In order to make sure this DVD and book hit the world the way they need to, please consider supporting my fundraiser! The book will be something special, and I need the communities support to make it happen. Thanks in advance.