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.
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.
May 29, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
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.
April 24, 2014
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.
April 17, 2014
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.
March 6, 2014
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.
February 23, 2014
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.
November 26, 2013
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.
November 19, 2013
This week 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.
November 12, 2013