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Most advanced lacrosse players buy separate heads and shafts so they can fully customize their sticks to their liking. 

There are way more individual head and shaft combinations than there are complete sticks—which are often targeted more at beginner-to-intermediate players.

The problem is, having so many options can make it difficult to decide which option is the best. Especially when it comes to lacrosse shafts that are all generally the same shape.

To help, I created this guide covering what I think are the best lacrosse shafts available today for all positions. You can also learn more about what to look for in a shaft later in the guide. 

Note: This guide covers men's shafts. If you need one for the girls' game, check out our guide to the best women's lacrosse shafts.

Keep reading to see our top 4 picks for each category or click to one of our full guides:

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Best Lacrosse Shafts

To find the best lacrosse shafts, I created a database of all shafts on the market today and researched information—such as weight, material, and durability—to find pros and cons for each. 

I did this by reading customer reviews, watching videos, and visiting the manufacturers' websites. I then traveled to my local sporting goods stores to feel as many in my own hands as I could.

From there, I narrowed down my list to the best 10 shafts for each position. In this guide, you can see the top 4 attack/middie shafts, defense shafts, and goalie shafts. Soon I'll be publishing shaft guides by position with all of my top picks for each. 

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Attack & Midfield Shafts

1) STX Sc-Ti Series (Multiple Options)

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Material: Scandium/Titanium alloy
  • Weight: 4.94 – 6.7 oz
  • Shape: Varies based on choice
  • Grip/Finish: 2 mil steel shot grip finish
  • Colors: Platinum, Black, Gunmetal, Blue
  • Flex: None
  • Warranty: 6 months

Throughout my high school and college lacrosse career, I almost always used an STX Sc-Ti Pro. They were lightweight and held up extremely well. I actually don't think I ever broke one or even had any major dents or dings in them.

Now, STX offers 5 different versions of the Sc-Ti shafts which all vary based on shape and weight. The variety of offerings helps STX take the top spot on our list because you can find a shaft that fits your preferences while knowing it's going to perform well.

STX's Sc-Ti shafts are the company's top-tier metal shafts and are made of a scandium/titanium alloy. They come with a 2 mil steel shot finish to give you better grip and control.

If you prefer metal over composite shafts, you'd have a hard time finding a better option than an STX Sc-Ti shaft.

Here is an overview of each of the 5 shapes:
1. X: Extreme concave shape
2. X+: Extreme concave grip with extra thickness
3. O: Concave octagonal (traditional feel)
4. R: Ridge profile for extra feel and grip
5. S: Asymmetrical design that is octagonal on one side and concave on the other

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2) Maverik Hyperlite

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Material: Carbon fiber
  • Weight: 4.8 oz
  • Shape: Slight concave
  • Grip/Finish: Smooth matte finish
  • Colors: Black, White
  • Flex: None
  • Warranty: 6 months

The first carbon fiber shaft on our list of the best attack shafts is the Maverik Hyperlite. It's one of the lightest shafts on the market today (and the lightest shaft Maverik has ever created), weighing in at only 4.8 oz.

Unlike some other carbon fiber shafts, the Hyperlite is designed not to flex. If you are used to metal shafts but want to try out a carbon fiber shaft, this may be a good option instead of jumping straight to a shaft designed to flex.

The Hyperlite has a slight concave shape and a matte finish for a smooth feel. It comes in black and white, both of which have blue accents and a checkered pattern on some (white) or all parts (black) of the shaft.

One of my favorite parts of the Hyperlite is the adjustable butt end that you can move on the shaft depending on where you prefer it.

If you are looking for a lightweight carbon fiber attack shaft, look no further than the Maverik Hyperlite. It checks all of the boxes when it comes to a great shaft and there's a reason it's used by countless pro and collegiate players.

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3) Warrior Burn XP Carbon Shaft

Drip Level: 4.9/5

Details

  • Material: Carbon composite
  • Shape: Octagonal
  • Grip/Finish: Dot matrix on bottom half
  • Colors: White
  • Flex: High
  • Warranty: 6 months

The Warrior Burn XP Carbon Shaft is the second composite attack shaft on our list due to its durability, light weight, and great feel.

If you like flexible shafts, then the Burn XP Carbon is arguably your best bet. The XP stands for “extreme power” and you can really feel it when shooting. Compared to stiffer shafts, you can really feel this shaft flexing as you shoot, helping increase shot power.

There is a dot matrix grip on the bottom half of the shaft that helps reduce the need for tape. Many players have to tape up other to add grip but this makes them much heavier. This makes the Burn XP Carbon's natural grip a huge plus.

The shaft comes with two end caps: a Warp end cap that provides more leverage when shooting (my personal preference) and a normal end plug that is smaller and lighter.

Overall, if you are a fan of lightweight and flexible carbon shafts, the Warrior Burn XP Carbon is a phenomenal choice.

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4) StringKing Metal 3 Pro Shafts

Drip Level: 4.9/5

Lax Monkey: 135, 155, 175, 195

Dicks Sporting Goods: 135, 175

Details

  • Material: Metal alloy
  • Weight: 4.76 – 6.88 oz
  • Shape: Slight concave
  • Grip/Finish: Sandblasted finish
  • Colors: Silver, Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

The second metal shaft to make our list of the best A/M shafts is the Metal 3 Pro from StringKing. It comes in 4 different variations which differ in weight. The table below can help you decide which option is best for you.

The grip on the Metal 3 Pro feels like most other metal shafts and it has a slight concave shape that gives you good control of the shaft. It comes in silver and black and features minimalistic decals giving the shaft a great overall look.

The biggest downside of this shaft is the weight of the versions designed for more advanced players (175 g and 195 g). While these aren't super heavy, there are lighter metal shafts available.

With that being said, we've found the Metal 3 Pro shafts to hold up extremely well over time. After playing a full fall ball season with mine, there wasn't a single dent or ding, just a few scratches there and there that had no impact on the shaft's performance.

StringKing Shaft Weight Guide

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Defense Shafts

1) STX Sc-Ti Defense Series (Multiple Options)

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Material: Scandium/Titanium alloy
  • Weight: 13.4 – 14.11 oz
  • Shape: Varies based on choice (see below)
  • Grip/Finish: 2 mil steel shot grip finish
  • Colors: Platinum, Black, Gunmetal, Blue Steel
  • Warranty: 6 months

If you prefer a metal shaft, you can't go wrong with an STX Sc-Ti Defense shaft thanks to their durability and relatively light weight.

The STX Sc-Ti shaft line has been around for 10+ years and remains one of the best and most popular options today thanks to their light weight and high strength.

There are 4 different weights/shapes to choose from depending on your play style, including the X (extreme concave, 13.4 oz), R (ridge, 13.76 oz), S (shift, 14.11 oz), and O (octagon, 14.11 oz).

Here is an overview of each of the 5 shapes:
X: Extreme concave shape
R: Ridge profile for extra feel and grip
S: Asymmetrical design that is octagonal on one side and concave on the other
O: Concave octagonal (traditional feel)

The STX Sc-Ti Defense shafts have a clean, minimalistic design and come in a variety of colors. There is a thin butt end that attaches on the inside of the shaft.

2) Warrior Burn XP Carbon Defense

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Material: Carbon composite
  • Shape: Traditional octagonal
  • Grip/Finish: Matte finish
  • Colors: White
  • Warranty: 6 months

Just released in October 2021, the Warrior Burn XP Carbon Defense is one of the best shafts for both defensemen and LSMs currently available.

It is designed to strategically flex to provide more power on shots and long passes as well as checks. If you like how it feels when your pole flexes (which typically only happens with carbon fiber shafts), then you'll definitely like the Burn XP Carbon. 

Another great thing is the dot matrix grip that gives you a good feel of the shaft in your gloves but won't tear them up like many other shafts with rougher grips. This reduces the need for tape which can weigh your shaft down.

The Burn XP Carbon Defense comes with two end caps which you can switch out based on your preference—a larger one that provides more leverage for checks, passes, and shots, and a lighter one if you don't want the extra weight.

Overall, if you are a fan of lightweight and flexible carbon D poles, the Warrior Burn XP Carbon is a phenomenal choice.

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3) STX Fiber O Defense

Drip Level: 4.9/5

Details

  • Material: Carbon composite
  • Shape: Octagonal (traditional)
  • Grip/Finish: Targeted grip zones
  • Colors: White, Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

STX makes a second appearance on our list of D shafts with its elite carbon shaft: the Fiber O Defense.

The Fiber O shaft has a more-traditional octagonal shape with targeted grip zones that give you a better feel of the shaft and reduce the need for tape.

While the STX Fiber O Defense shaft isn't the lightest available, it holds up very well over time and isn't prone to splintering like other carbon fiber shafts. This makes it a great option for both defensemen who are constantly laying checks as well as LSMs who carry the ball in transition.

The Fiber shafts have a moderate amount of flex. It's not as noticeable as the Warrior Burn XP Carbon but you can definitely feel it a bit on hard passes and shots.

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4) StringKing Metal 3 Pro Defense (2 Shafts)

Drip Level: 4.8/5

View on Lax Monkey: 360 or 400

Details

  • Material: Metal alloy
  • Weight: 12.7 or 14.11 oz
  • Shape: Slight concave
  • Grip/Finish: Sandblasted finish
  • Colors: Silver, Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

The StringKing Metal 3 Pro Defense comes in two weights/strengths to best suit your age and skill level. Check out the chart below to determine which makes the most sense for you.

Both options are relatively light and durable. To achieve this, StringKing analyzed warranty claims from their older metal shafts to find the specific spots that needed reinforcement. 

In addition, StringKing also offers a 6-month warranty should your shaft break, bend, or develop any major dents or cracks.

The shafts have a slight concave shape that gives good feed in gloves as well as a sandblasted finish that gives a better grip than a completely smooth shaft.

The Metal 3 Pro Defense, which comes in silver and black, is one of the best-looking shafts available today with a small logo on one side and info about the shaft on the other.

StringKing-Metal-3-Pro-Defense-Suggestion-Chart

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Goalie Shafts

1) Maverik Hyperlite Goalie Shaft

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Material: Carbon fiber
  • Shape: Slight concave
  • Grip/Finish: Smooth matte finish
  • Colors: Black, White
  • Flex: None
  • Warranty: 6 months

We start off our list of the best lacrosse shafts specific for goalies with the Maverik Hyperlite. It's one of the lightest shafts on the market today and the lightest shaft Maverik has ever created. 

Having a light shaft is essential for goalies. The lighter your shaft, the faster you can move your hands to make saves. This—combined with its strength—makes the Hyperlite our top shaft for goalies.

Unlike some other carbon fiber shafts, the Hyperlite is designed not to flex. If you are used to metal shafts but want to try out a carbon fiber shaft, this may be a good option instead of jumping straight to a shaft designed to flex.

The Hyperlite has a slight concave shape and a matte finish for a smooth feel. It comes in black and white, both of which have blue accents and a checkered pattern on some (white) or all parts (black) of the shaft.

One of my favorite parts of the Hyperlite is the adjustable butt end that you can move on the shaft depending on where you prefer it.

If you are looking for a lightweight carbon fiber goalie shaft, look no further than the Maverik Hyperlite. It checks all of the boxes when it comes to a great shaft and there's a reason it's used by countless pro and collegiate players.

2) Maverik A1 Goalie Shaft

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Material: Scandium alloy
  • Length: 36″
  • Shape: Concave
  • Grip/Finish: GritGrip
  • Colors: Black, White, Silver
  • Warranty: 6 months

It's rare that a company produces two elite shafts for a single position—especially when it comes to goalies—but the Maverik A1 shaft is another great option for the guys between the pipes.

If you prefer metal over carbon fiber for your goalie shaft, the Maverik A1 is our top recommendation. It uses a Scandium alloy that provides great durability without adding a lot of weight.

In addition, the A1 uses a GritGrip finish that gives you a great feel of the shaft regardless of the weather conditions. We've tested the A1 shaft in the rain and found that it was still easy to control and there was no slippage.

Like the Hyperlite, the A1 has Maverik's popular adjustable butt end that allows you to move the end cap to where you prefer.

Overall, if you are a fan of metal goalie shafts, the Maverik A1 makes a strong case for being the best option currently available.

3) StringKing Metal 3 Pro Goalie

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Material: Metal alloy
  • Length: 36″
  • Weight: 5.01 or 5.71 oz
  • Shape: Slight concave
  • Grip/Finish: Sandblasted finish
  • Colors: Silver, Black
  • Warranty: 6 months

Another great metal goalie shaft is the StringKing Metal 3 Pro. StringKing has really made a push to be one of the best shaft makers in the game and this product is a strong reflection of that.

There are two different weights based on your level of play. StringKing recommends that those 15 and under go with the 142-gram option while older players go with the 162-gram option.

Both options have great durability and are lighter than many other goalie shafts. They also have a nice concave shape that provides for a great grip on the shaft plus a sandblasted finish to provide a bit of grit.

Besides the performance, my favorite thing about StringKing's shafts are their clean, minimalistic appearance. They have small logos on one side of the shaft and subtle logos on the other side giving information about the shaft.

How to Choose the Best Lacrosse Shaft

Not sure what to consider when buying a lacrosse shaft? Here are 7 of the most important things to think about that can help you find your best fit.

1) Size/Position

The first step in choosing a lacrosse shaft is figuring out what size you need, which is mainly based on your position and (possibly) age.

Let's start with position.

Attackmen and midfielders (excluding LSMs) always use 30-inch shafts. Defense shafts are always 60 inches long when bought new, but some players may elect to cut a few inches off to get better control. Finally, goalie shafts can be anywhere from 30 to 40 inches depending on your preferences. If you like a 30-inch shaft as a goalie, you can use any attack shaft.

If you or you child is younger (around 12 or under), you may elect to go with an even shorter shaft than the above sizes. You'll find that many “youth” shafts are a few inches shorter and sometimes have a smaller diameter to help younger players control them better.

Young defensemen, especially, often use shorter shafts than the standard 60-inch pole. A good rule of thumb is to not use a stick that is any taller than you. So, for example, if you or your child is 5 feet tall, you shouldn't use a shaft that is any longer than 4'2″ since most heads are around 10 inches long.

2) Durability

Though durability is hard to judge just by looking at a picture of a shaft or even feeling it in your hands, it is important to consider. 

The best way to do this, in my opinion, is by reading customer reviews and watching YouTube videos created by players after they've used the shaft for awhile. 

This can help you get an idea of how well the shaft holds up over time. If you see that a shaft has a lot of complaints about breaking, dents, bending, etc., then you may want to look for a different option.

3) Weight

Almost as important as durability is weight. Having a lightweight shaft allows you to move your stick faster, improving your shot speed, quickness, dodging, checking, and more.

Unfortunately, weight and durability work against each other for many shafts. Typically, the lighter a shaft, the less durable and strong it is.

In the past decade, however, lacrosse companies have developed advanced metals and composite materials that provide great strength while still being light.

This is often the biggest difference between the best lacrosse shafts (like those listed above) and cheaper shafts that are either light and weak or strong but very heavy. 

4) Material

There are two main types of lacrosse shafts available: metal and composite. Historically, most shafts were made of metal (besides the OG wooden shafts, of course). 

In the past decade or so, companies have started developing composite shafts, often made of carbon fiber, that perform just as well and, in a lot of cases, better than metal shafts.

So which is better?

There's no right answer. It really depends on your personal preference.

Carbon fiber shafts typically have a higher strength-to-weight ratio and flex more than metal shafts. The flex especially can take some getting used to when switching to a carbon fiber/composite shaft. Many companies even offer shafts with different flex points allowing you to find a shaft tailored to your game.

Metal shafts, on the other hand, don't flex much and switching from one metal shaft to another should feel pretty natural. Metal shafts get dings and dents in them more easily than composite shafts—but these don't make them unusable like composite shafts are once they crack. 

Composite shafts are more prone to catastrophic failure than metal shafts because they shatter instead of just getting a few small dings. So while an average carbon fiber shaft may hold up better, once they break, they are pretty much useless.

5) Shape

There are a few common shaft shapes including concave, rounded, and rigid. The STX Sc-Ti series, for example, includes 5 versions: concave (Sc-Ti X), rigid (Sc-Ti R), shift (Sc-Ti S), octagon (Sc-Ti O), and extreme concave (Sc-Ti X+).

Like the metal vs. composite debate, there is no “best” shape for a lacrosse shaft. I recommend feeling a few different shafts—either in a store of by testing out some of your teammates' shafts—to see which feels the best to you.

Be sure to feel the shafts with your gloves on as this is what you'll be playing with in a game.

6) Finish/Grip

You should also consider the finish of your lacrosse shaft. By finish, I mean the grip or what the outer material of the shaft feels like.

Most shafts aren't perfectly smooth—and that's a good thing. You want some kind of texture on the shaft so you have a better grip on them. For example, some shafts have a sand blasted finish that give you some traction while others use a rubber grip.

This is something else that you'll have to test out for yourself to figure out what you prefer. Try different shafts to see which feels the best in your gloves to decide which to go with.

7) Cost

Which lacrosse shaft is best for you also depends on how much you want to spend. Top-of-the-line shafts can cost well over $100—especially for d poles which start to push $200.

There are many quality shafts for all positions, however, that cost under $100.

If you are trying to save on your lacrosse stick, I actually recommend going with a cheaper shaft and more expensive head. I think there's a larger difference between the best lacrosse heads and cheaper/less advanced options than shafts.

In my career, I think I've only broken one shaft, and I don't find that a slightly heavier shaft makes much of a difference. At the end of the day, all shafts have the same basic shape and weight doesn't fluctuate that much compared to heads.

In the future, I hope to make an article highlighting my favorite cheap lacrosse shafts to help players looking for more affordable options.

Standard Lacrosse Shaft Sizes

Here are the most common regulation shaft sizes by level of play and position. Note that “Adult” refers to high school and higher.

Position

Youth

Adult

Attack/Middie

28" – 30"

30"

Defense

28" – 60"

30" – 60"

Goalie

28" – 40"

30" – 40"

How We Rate Lacrosse Shafts

We take our ratings seriously and only recommend products that we would use ourselves.

To come up with our ratings for each product, we test the product ourselves whenever possible, review product specifications (weight, strength, material, grip, etc.), and read customer reviews/talk to lacrosse players we know that use the product.

When testing lacrosse shafts, specifically, we weigh the shafts, feel them in gloves (for both grip from the shape of the shaft as well as the texture of the finish), shoot with them to understand how they flex, and check them with another stick to see how they hold up.

When it's not possible to extensively test a product ourselves, we spend extra time talking to real customers who have used the product for a while themselves.

If you ever have any feedback for any of the products listed on this page or have a recommended addition, please contact us and let us know!

Complete Your Stick

Need a new head to go with your shiny new shaft or a nice bag to put it in? Check out our other guides that can help you find your perfect fit:

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Dave Rathmanner

Dave is the founder of Lax Drip. In his 15+ years of playing lacrosse, he always had trouble figuring out which gear to buy without a reliable and trustworthy gear review site—so he created the resource he always wished he had. Dave has played lacrosse at the high school, college, and adult levels and continues to play to this day.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jake

    I feel like I would get a better idea about these shafts if you included the weights like you did with your best heads section

    1. Dave Rathmanner

      Hi Jake,

      Great idea—thanks for the suggestion! As I go through and update the guides for 2022, I’ll add in the weights.

      Best,
      Dave

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