This stick feels incredible at this point. I've kept up with all the wall ball and shooting lately and I have also been using hot water and a tennis ball after every wall ball session. One thing I've been doing also is using a baseball bat right after I wet the pocket. The bootlace is a little thicker than crosslace so it takes a little longer to break in and I think that using the baseball bat will also help a lot. I am starting practice for my high school team tomorrow and this is the stick I will be using. I used it last week for tryouts and it felt amazing. By the time this contest ends I know that it will be one of the best sticks I have ever used!!