STX Sc-Ti Alloy Lacrosse Shaft Review

Drip Score
9.3/10
Overview

STX’s alloy attack/midfield shaft.  There are 5 shape options with 5 weight and color options.

Key Details
  • Position: Attack/Midfield
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Legality: All levels of play
  • Colors: Platinum, Black, Gunmetal, Blue Steel, Copper
  • Cost: $109.99
  • Year Released: 2023

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Key Details of the stx sc-ti alloy lacrosse shaft review

STX Sc-Ti Alloy

Brand

STX

Cost

$109.99

Year Released

2023

Best position

Attack/Midfield

Weight

Various

STX Sc-Ti Alloy Drip Score

STX Sc-ti Alloy Drip score

Total: 9.3 - See Updated drip score here.

Stiffness: 1

Durability: .9

Material: .9

Scandium-Titanium Alloy

Weight: 0.9

140g (X), 150g (R) , 160g (S), 170g (O), 190g (X+)

Shape(s): 1

X, R, S, O

End Cap: 0.8


Flex: 1

Name / Brand: 0.9

STX Sc-Ti Alloy

Colors: 1

Platinum, Black, Gunmetal, Blue Steel, Copper

Overall Look: 0.9

Shapes, Material, & Weight

The different shaft shapes are: Extreme Concave (X, 140g), Ridge (R, 150g), Shift (S, 160g), Octagon (O, 170g), and the Extreme Concave + (X+, 195g). I have tried the X and O shape and I like them both. From what I see, the other shapes look like they’d be comfortable to hold as well. Each shape has a different weight to it, so you can’t go buy an O shaped shaft at 150g which makes sense, but it would be nice to be able to do that. It is convenient that they made a heavier X shaft in the X+ because of the extreme light weight of the X shaft. However, that shaft is extreme on the heavier end which not many people will want to use in my opinion. It is good for defensive middies but that is really the only position I can imagine people will for (unless you play box).

The Scandium-Titanium alloy is a good, strong material from what I know. I don’t know the break rate of the shaft but can imagine the lighter the shaft, the more likely it is to break. It has a glossy feel which gets very slippery when wet so I would recommend putting some tape on it.

Flex & End Cap

Being an alloy shaft, there will be no flex at all. This can be good or bad depending on your preference. Flex does cause inconsistency and because of the way we shoot lacrosse, the flex doesn’t make a shot faster. This is because it will never recoil (which is the phenomenon that would make the shot faster) until the shot is finished and it will always stay in that flexed position as you are shooting. Even if it did recoil, it would be inconsistent and make shooting and release points very tough to predict. That being said, this shaft is great for those who don’t like flex.

These shafts have their new elite end cap on them. I like them, however they can only sit at the bottom of the shaft. Many players like to artificially shorten the shaft by putting a tape ring somewhere close to the end of a normal end cap, or use some sort of plastic or rubber ring that can shift which other companies have on their shafts (Maverik A1 shaft and ECD Carbon 3.0 are good examples of this). However, the end cap itself is durable and is a good weight and the ring size is good. I just wish you were able to adjust it along the shaft.

All of the holes are fairly large so you shouldn’t have any issue getting a string through, however, this can potentially affect the pocket because the string has a lot of wiggle room in each hole. That being said, I had little trouble getting the pocket I wanted. Could it have more stringing holes? Definitely. But you should be able to string just about any pocket in this head.

Pros & Cons of the STX Sc-Ti Alloy Shaft

Pros

Cons

Which Shape Should I Buy?

The shape you should buy is mainly dependent on your position with the weight of the shaft. Younger players should consider the X shape as it is very lightweight. I would not recommend it for older players (13+) because shafts of this weight tend to break more easily, though attackmen may like this shaft because of its weight. 

For attackmen and goalies, the R or S shaft would be ideal for you. Both attackmen and goalies need a lighter shaft for more stick speed. 

Offensive, two-way, and face off midfielders should be more inclined to buy the S or O shaft as they are built with more material which will be less likely to break while checking but not as heavy to slow down shot speed. Finally, defensive and two-way middies should consider the O or X+ shaft because of the strength and power of shafts at this weight. Shafts at this weight are less likely to break and give more force when checking.

Conclusion

Overall, this is a good shaft especially for the price. It gives you many options for color and weight which gives the best options for every type of player. It is relatively inexpensive, so if you’re looking for a good shaft at a lower price, this is definitely the shaft for you.

About Author

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Nathan Branson

Nathan, Nate, or Branson (as he was known to his teammates) played Division 3 lacrosse at Messiah University as a starting midfielder for all three years where he played in both offensive and defensive capacities. He will be heading to Drexel in the fall of 2023 as a graduate student in physics with the potential to play one more year there. In his youth career, he played every position for at least a season (other than goalie) so he has a great understanding of every position and the game as a whole. He has suffered some injuries throughout his career, from broken collarbone to torn ACL. He has a large interest in sports analytics and is excited for more analytics to be introduced to lacrosse.

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