The Maverik Critik complete stick is a great value for players that are just starting out in the game. Strung with performance mesh, and a mid-low pocket, by the professionals of Maverik in NY. This complete stick comes with a traditional shape shaft. The shaft is a 7000 series alloy that can take some punishment. This is definitely a step up from the traditional, "tennis racket" strung complete sticks and worth the extra investment. This complete stick include Maverik's patented ABE (Adjustable Butt End), so that you can adjust it for perfect hand placement on your shaft.