Mesh 101Soft Mesh
Soft mesh catches the ball well. It will have a slight tendency to lose its shape a little quicker than most pocket styles due to it having so much give. It can be a little more difficult to keep the throw consistent with soft mesh and the release will be slower than most types of stringing methods. The advantages of soft mesh is that it will not stretch as much as hard mesh, meaning there will be less maintenance involved. Soft mesh is not recommended for wet conditions.
Hard mesh is great in bad weather and will stay consistent throughout much of the life of the pocket. You get great snap out of hard mesh so you can really "feel" the ball come out of the head. It has a very quick release because there is a lot of pressure moving towards the middle of the pocket.
Six-diamond mesh is best for more advanced players who are looking for a little more power on their shots and passes. The larger mesh holes hold on to the ball well, but there is a lot more room for error in throwing. There isn't as much snap in the 6-diamond mesh and it tends to wear out more quickly than the rest. Because there isn't much surface area for the mesh, it will stretch out and become inconsistent more than the other meshes.
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