Welcome to the first installment of our new series. I wanted to take the time and show you the cool projects that come in and out of my wood shop. Justin Skaggs from WoodLacrosseSticks.com wanted me to make a new lacrosse shaft for an old STX SAM that he picked up.
The STX SAM stands for Super Attack Midfield. It was one of the first plastic heads to really take off. Its predecessors were heavy and cumbersome, and people were still in love with their traditional woodies. The SAM came in and changed the game.
The throat on these sticks are not the same as the ones you are used to. The circle fit requires a shaft that has been tapered down from the handle. Modern Lax players don’t know the struggle.
The key to restoring any old stick is to act like the head is one of a kind. Years and years of sitting in the sun, being abused by players, and being swapped from shaft to shaft have made the throat unique. I like to get the shaft started with the machines, but I always finish by hand sanding the product. This allows me to get a secure, tight fit.