What Is A Greaser In Lacrosse?
A ‘Greaser’, simply put, is an old, weathered or over-aged Lacrosse ball which has become hard, slippery, and difficult for a lacrosse player to handle. This can happen because balls are left out in wet weather, exposed to the sun for extended periods of time, or simply when they have been played with enough that they harden and become waxy and slippery. But did you know that most Greasers can be restored easily at home? Try these methods before you resort to buying new LAX balls!
If you have a child who plays lacrosse there’s a good chance you have some ‘greasers’ laying around your home and yard. If you own a lot of lacrosse balls, but your player is asking you to buy some new ones more, you probably have a load of ‘greasers’. But did you know that there is no need to purchase new balls? There is a way to easily restore them to be playable once again. Read on for all the details!
What Does A LAX Greaser Look Like?
The photo above shows an example of a ‘greaser’ lacrosse ball, not long after it started becoming difficult to manage. Did you know that you can easily degrease LAX balls, so you don’t need to spend the money to replace them?
It’s not hard to fix a greaser – and there are 2 ways to do it. This ball isn’t too bad, but greasers can become much worse than the one in this photo.
How To Fix A Greaser In Lacrosse (LAX) | How To Degrease Lacrosse Balls
Now that you know the answer to the question, ‘what is a greaser in lacrosse’, chances are you’d like to try to fix them (if you have one). Rest assured, it’s very easy to do so, and it doesn’t take much time.
There are 2 main ways to fix ‘greaser’ lacrosse balls, and either method will make them far easier to play with. Sometimes it will restore them to like-new condition! Here are the two methods for how to degrease lacrosse balls:
- The dishwasher method
- The soapy water method
How To Fix A Greaser Using The Dishwasher Method | Degreasing Method #1
This fix for a greaser lacrosse ball is simple. You just rinse the ball off with water, and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher, to run in a normal wash load. The cleaners will help to break down the hardened surface, revealing a cleaner looking and grippy ball.
This is the easiest way to restore a greaser to like-new condition.
How To Fix A Greaser Using The Soapy Water Method | Degreasing Method #2
This fix for a greaser lacrosse ball takes a bit more time and effort, but can be just as effective. First, fill a bucket with hot, soapy water. Allow the greaser/s to soak for several hours. Once removed, you can scrub them with a scrub brush to remove any residue that remains. The soap helps to break down the hardened surface, and after soaking a scrubbing, your lacrosse ball will have a grippy surface once again, and be restored to a playable ball.
What If I Try To Restore My Greaser, And It’s Still Hard/Slippery?
There comes a time when your ball is just past its prime. If a ball is too far gone, the methods above will improve the ball, but not for long (or not much). In this case, you may need to retire the ball to the dog toy pile, and purchase a replacement.
Visit our post on the best lacrosse balls here, to read up on some of our favorite Lacrosse Balls if you need to replace yours.