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Traditional Thursday: Two Leather Pockets

0 - Published April 17, 2014 by in Stringing, Traditional

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

- Published April 8, 2014 by in Gear

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

- Published April 1, 2014 by in Gear, The Life

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

- Published March 6, 2014 by in Gear

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

- Published February 23, 2014 by in Gear, Youth

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.

Top String Tuesday: Two Triangle Top String

0 - Published November 26, 2013 by in Mesh, Stringing, Tutorials

This week I’m sticking to the blue and orange theme that I went with in last week’s Braided Top Shooter. I love the triangle top string. I love the way it looks. I love the way it keeps the ball from hitting plastic and I love the fact that you get to use two different colored top strings to customize your pocket a bit. This week I decided to get a little tricky with what I am calling the Two Triangle Top String. The Two Triangle Top String is essentially the same thing as a triangle top string.

Braided top shooter

Top String Tuesday: Braided Top Shooter

0 - Published November 19, 2013 by in Mesh, Stringing, Tutorials

This week I thought I would mix it up a bit and throw together a top shooter tutorial.
I got a lot of positive feedback on last week’s photo tutorial so I’m sticking to it this week with a photo tutorial for a braided top shooting string.  This shooter was introduced to me by the one and only Jeff Brunelle, and what I love about it is that the braided top shooter plays a lot like a dropped top string.

Andrew Ratzke Allstar top string tutorial

Top String Tuesday: AllSTAR Top String

0 - Published November 12, 2013 by in Mesh, Stringing, Tutorials

For this week’s Top String Tuesday, I wanted to bring you something special in honor of Veteran’s Day and the good ol’ US of A. Now, I can’t take credit for the creation of this top string. Our very own Michael Allen sent me a photo and suggested it may make a great TST… He was right, obviously, so I wanted to break it down through an easy to follow photo tutorial. I am a visual learner and felt that with the ins and outs of this top string it would be best to stay away from the video this week and just take you through step by step so that you can follow along at your own pace.

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Top String Tuesday: Leathers with a Dropped Top

0 - Published November 5, 2013 by in General, Stringing, Traditional

Over the past few weeks we have been digging into what I call the “dropped top string.”  Two weeks ago I strung up a Huron Top String and last week I showed you how to string a quick and easy Iroquois Top String.  This week I’m teaming up with the one and only, big Billy […]

Top String Tuesday: Iroquois Top String

0 - Published October 29, 2013 by in General, Stringing, Tutorials

This week I will walk you through my approach to stringing an Iroquois top string. Like the Huron top string, the Iroquois top string features what I call a “dropped top string”.

Huron Top String, Woozle Style!

Top String Tuesday: The Huron Top String

0 - Published October 22, 2013 by in Stringing, Tutorials

Learn how to string a Huron top string from Andrew Ratzke of Lacrosse All Stars. Huron top string tutorial.

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Gear Review: Dolomite 13 Shaft by Warrior Lacrosse

0 - Published October 8, 2013 by in Gear, Gear Reviews

The Warrior Dolomite 13 shaft is one of the lightest shafts on the market right now. Designed to provide players with maximum performance without the weight of heavier metal blends, this shaft is both sturdy and good looking.

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Gear Review: Proton Power by STX Lacrosse

0 - Published October 4, 2013 by in Gear, Gear Reviews

The STX Proton Power has been a classic ever since Paul Rabil rocked the blue, black and white versions of the head at Hopkins. While it was designed to score, this head can do it all.

Huron Top String, Woozle Style!

Top String Tuesday: The Dropped Top

0 - Published October 1, 2013 by in Mesh, Stringing

Here are some reasons why you would string a dropped top string types of pocket. You can take it or leave it, but its important to know how the pockets will impact your stick before you take the time to put one in.

Triangle Top String

Top String Tuesday: Triangle Tutorial

0 - Published September 24, 2013 by in Mesh, Stringing, Tutorials

The Triangle Top String (TTS) is easily one of my favorite top stringing methods. It’s a slight spin-off of a typical 9-diamond top string, but I have found that it keeps the mesh tighter to the top of your lacrosse head, which really helps prevent the ball from hitting plastic.

Chenango Top String Tutorial

Top String Tuesday: Chenango Tutorial

0 - Published September 17, 2013 by in Mesh, Stringing, Tutorials

Created as a potential solution to the new college lacrosse head and shooting string rules, the Chenango Top String causes a really tight channel and a natural “U” in your shooters.

Gear Review: Hammer U Head by STX Lacrosse

4 - Published March 25, 2013 by in Gear Reviews

Andrew Ratzke checks out the STX’s newest defensive masterpiece, the Hammer U head.

Stringing like Sam Bradman

0 - Published January 25, 2013 by in LXM PRO, Mesh, Stringing

Sam Bradman can flat out score, and while we all know a good player can play with just about any stick, he must be doing something special with his stringing. Fortunately for us, STX just wrapped up a three part stringing series in which Bradman teaches viewers how to lace up a gamer like his.