Here is a quick guide to boy's lacrosse equipment. Pay attention to the link inside this article that talks about sticks. Stick maintenance/ setup is a tough thing to deal with. The one thing I can say is the way the stick is strung makes all the difference in the world. It is hard to find someone (especially locally) who can string a stick well. Remember it's likely a young person who has been taught or told how to string it and may have never played lacrosse. It's often easier to have someone at lax.com to string a stick for you as they have strung hundreds of sticks. If you need adjustment to your "pocket", see the video below on adjusting how your stick throws .