The Difference Between Composite and Metal Lacrosse Shafts
As a lacrosse player you might ask, which is better – a carbon fiber lacrosse shaft of a metal lacrosse shaft? Watch our Product Manager, Brandon Butler break down the main points of difference between your typical metal lacrosse shaft and a composite lacrosse shaft.
LAX.COM COMPARES THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN METAL AND COMPOSITE LACROSSE SHAFTS
CARBON COMPOSITE LACROSSE SHAFTS
First of all, lets break down the carbon composite lacrosse handle market. The majority of these handles are advanced carbon fiber technology that deliver a superior strength to weight ratio and can perform in almost any weather condition. The biggest players in the carbon composite lacrosse shaft market and have hit our Lax.com best sellers list are:
- Epoch Lacrosse – Offers the pinnacle in carbon lacrosse shafts. The new Gen 7 series comes out October, 2016.
- East Coast Dyes - The Carbon Pro and their extensive carbon shaft varieties are top choices for high school players.
- Maverik Hyperlite Series - The hottest selling carbon shaft release of 2016.
- Warrior EVO AX1 - Top MLL and collegiate choice of elite level athletes.
Why a carbon composite shaft? All carbon composite shafts provide the ability to “reload energy” as you shoot the ball. Essentially, the shaft flexes with the ball in the head when you start your shooting motion, and then this power is delivered into the speed of the release as the ball comes out. The good news is that with the right flex, you will shoot the ball harder, the bad news is that you may sacrifice some accuracy as the shaft snaps back. Carbon shafts are primarily favored by step down middies that want that extra few MPH blow by power when shooting from the outside. They are gonna put the ball on cage, and let the sheer speed of their shots overpower the goalie.
Carbon composite shafts come in different flex points and your ability to shoot the ball certain speeds will determine how stiff you may want your shaft. If you are not shooting fast enough to flex the shaft you are using properly, then you are not utilizing the technology. If you shoot too fast, and overpower the shaft, you will see a definite drop in accuracy as you have over flexed the shaft and it will get a bit wild on the snap back.
One of the other huge advantages of most carbon shafts is that they have a natural, fine grainy texture. This means that tape weight can be eliminated as most of them have just enough grip to give you that feel on the stick in wet weather or if your hands are sweaty. The exception to the rule here is the Maverik Hyperlite Matte Grip, which is coated with a special finish to make the shaft as smooth as silk.
METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS
Metal lacrosse shafts come in 4 basic configurations with regards to their mixtures of metals.
- Krypto Alloy
The manufacturers essentially mix many of these metals together to achieve different strength to weight ratios, as well as price points. The shafts that have the most expensive materials, like titanium and scandium, deliver the best in class weight and strength that elite level players demand. Some of the other aluminum mixes come out a bit heavier, and are suitable for newer players who don’t want to make that big investment yet.
As a general rule of thumb… ask any coach or serious player… and they will advise you to get the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE SHAFT YOU CAN AFFORD THAT WILL STAND UP TO THE LEVEL OF PLAY FOR YOUR AGE AND ABILITY.
This rule holds mostly true for those advancing youth players. You want the entire stick to be as light as possible to foster easier ball handling… and that always starts with the shaft. The good news is that in recent years, many manufacturers have come out with a host of ultra-light shafts that won’t break the bank. Here is the short list of the 5 best lacrosse shafts for advancing youth players.
- StringKing Metal Shafts – Starting at $99
- Nike Vandal Lacrosse Shaft – $70 – Comes in a wide variety of colors
- Maverik Mission Blank Shaft – $104 – Offered in black, silver and grey
- STX Surgeon Sc-Ti Shaft – $124 – Offered in black, carolina and royal blue
- Warrior Evo Shaft – $90
So the question is carbon or metal? Here at Lax.com we believe that most advancing youth players will benefit from the light-weight consistency of metal shafts. Once you start to shoot over 80 MPH, its time to explore carbon and see if it fits your game. Most defensive players opt for the strength and stiffness of metal, but those who tend to bend a lot of metal poles will revert to carbon as it it does not bend, it only snaps.
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If you have any further questions about which shaft is right for you, give one of our Pro’s a call at 855.255.5294 or email us at email@example.com.