The Difference Between Men's Composite and Metal Lacrosse Shafts

Jan 24, 2020

As a lacrosse player or parent you might ask, which is better - a carbon fiber lacrosse shaft or a metal lacrosse shaft? Watch our video as our Product Manager, Brandon Butler explains the main points of difference between a men's metal lacrosse shaft and a composite lacrosse shaft.

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BEST CARBON COMPOSITE LACROSSE SHAFTS 2020

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To start, let's break down the carbon composite lacrosse handle market. The majority of these handles are advanced carbon-fiber technology that delivers superior strength to weight ratio and can perform in almost any weather condition. These are some of the biggest players in the carbon composite lacrosse shaft market and these shafts are some of our Lax.com Pro's favorites:


 

BEST METAL LACROSSE SHAFTS 2020


Metal lacrosse shafts come in 4 basic configurations with regards to their mixtures of metals which include: Alloy, Titanium, Scandium, & Krypto Alloy. The manufacturers essentially mix many of these metals 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 invest in a metal shaft until they are sure they like the feel of it.   As a general rule, 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 true, especially for 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 a list of our Pro's picks for some of the best metal lacrosse shafts.

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So the question is carbon composite or metal? Our Lax Pro's 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 composite 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 does not bend, it only snaps. Questions? Talk to a Pro, 855-255-5294.


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