One of the best materials for a lacrosse shaft is Scandium. Scandium offers the best strength to weight ratio and it is stronger than traditional alloys making it a great choice for players at all levels and at any position.
Lacrosse shafts are typically made of aluminum, scandium, titanium, or carbon fiber. Titanium shafts are the strongest while aluminum ones are the lightest. Each material has its own set of pros and cons. If you need a small lightweight stick, then go with an aluminum shaft. On the other hand, if you're looking for durability, titanium is stronger and won't bend as easily but it's heavier than other lacrosse shaft materials.
If you're looking for the lightest lacrosse shaft on the market, The Warrior EVO QX carbon attack shaft is 130 grams. That's over 5 ounces lighter than most other shafts on the market A design that's this lightweight allows you to get more use out of your stick without compromising the power provided by a traditional aluminum shaft.
The flex in a lacrosse shaft helps with energy transfer through the entire stick, which improves your shooting and passing.
Carbon fiber shafts are incredibly tough, making them a great option for players who might otherwise break metal shafts. Carbon fiber, or composite shafts tend to be more resilient than your average metal lacrosse shaft and are less susceptible to dents, bends and breaks in cold weather.
In theory, a lighter shaft lets you shoot harder and throw faster checks. But super-light shafts are a preference and not all players are all about feather-weight handles. The counter-argument to playing with a shaft that’s too light is that, combined with a heavier head, it can create an imbalance stick that feels wonky in your hands. So while a light shaft may seem like it can help your game, sometimes going too light can be counter-productive. Shafts, like every other piece of lacrosse gear, is a matter of personal taste.
These days virtually every head on the market can fit on every shaft that’s available. The only difference may be the position of the screw hole (or the quantity of them). Some heads now come with two screw holes for a more stable fit. And if for some reason the hole in your head and in your shaft don’t line up, you can always drill your own or find a self-tapping screw, depending on what your shaft is made of.
Different materials offer different advantages and disadvantages, so shaft construction is another decision that comes down to personal choice. While carbon fiber doesn’t dent like metal, it can break. However, these materials are all so strong and technologically advanced now that shaft breakage is not nearly as common a problem as it used to be.