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Andrew Ratzke

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An MCLA alum and recent Portlandia transplant, Ratzke spends most of his time playing and coaching throughout Oregon. When he isn't on the field he's searching the web for the latest and greatest in lacrosse and lifestyle gear to keep you and your style game up to date.

Traditional Thursday Tutorial: Kobra with a Twist

Recently we received an email from a reader asking us if we'd be willing to put together a tutorial for a Kobra pocket. After scanning the interwebs for a few hours I decided to dive into a twist (pun intended) on a Kobra. Below is my take on what it seems like people are calling a Kobra Lite pocket.

String Your Own: Vertical Twist Top String

I started looking at old dropped top strings that I had strung up and then dove into the depths of the interwebs to see what other people had done up. I think that one issue I have had with stringing a dropped top string like an Iroquois Top String is getting the tension right. I came across a Vertical Twist Dropped Top String and decided I would do a tutorial on how I strung mine up.
Pita pocket leather spacing tutorial

Traditional Thursday: Spacing Middle Leathers on a Pita

Last week a reader asked about pointers for spacing out the middle leathers on a Pita Pocket. I am sure there is a long list of strategies for adding space to the middle leathers, and with a little creativity, I tried to test out a few.

Traditional Thursday: Two Leather Pockets

A few weeks back, Connor dropped a Metrik ton of traditional on us. His use of box knots and his variations on some pretty traditional... well traditional pockets, got me thinking about stringing up a new pocket for myself. I just so happened to have a Proton Power laying around so I went about twisting something up.

Gear Review: Barrier Waxed Mesh

Spring lacrosse is here, and you know what they say about Spring... spring showers bring another waxed mesh company. Kidding aside, I've spent the past few weeks trying out some of Barrier Waxed Mesh and so far I'm liking what I see.
learn-to-dye dye lacrosse heads

Beginner’s Guide to Your First Head: Learn to Dye

We helped you select your very first head, now it's time to learn how to dye it! Andrew Ratzke walks you through all the steps for a successful first dye job. Let's make those lacrosse sticks look pretty!

Gear Review: ECM Black by East Coast Dyes

When Connor asked me if I wanted to test out some of East Coast Dye’s new Black mesh, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a piece. We’ve been looking at nothing but rain in Portland these past few weeks so I was excited to see how this stuff held up.

Beginner’s Guide to Your First Stick: Picking a Head

When buying your first lacrosse stick, all of the options can be quite overwhelming. That's where we come in. The Beginner's Guide to Your First Stick will help those who are new to the game of lacrosse decide what type of stick will work best for them.

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