Titanium Shafts versus Titanium Name

Titanium alloy shafts were very popular in the mid-1990’s with Warrior taking most of the credit for offering this popular alternative.  Over the years however, less and less titanium has been used by players as the attack shafts proved to be relatively heavy at 7.5 to 8 ounces.  Titanium defense poles were typically made in the same thickness as the attack shafts, so at 15 to 16 ounces, the weight was not too bad.  In my opinion, the popularity faded somewhat due to the high prices and lack of a reasonable warranty, and in some part because of the heavy weight.

While it is easy to spot a titanium shaft because of the very thin walls and relatively heavy weight, what about shafts that feel like everything else on the market but have graphics or a model name to suggest “Titanium” or “Titanium Enhanced”?  Well basically it means nothing.  As we stated in a previous entry, 80 to 90% of the lacrosse shafts are made of alloys 7050 or 7075.  Every aluminum alloy has some titanium added as an alloying addition to refine grains during casting.  The amount added is in the range of 0.020 to 0.10%.  This applies to aluminum that is used in lacrosse shafts, lawn furniture, window frames, beverage cans, aluminum foil – everything.  Nothing can be gained by adding more titanium, in other words you cannot gain strength by exceeding the 0.10% level.  Moreover, the alloy properties would be compromised as the extra titanium would form insoluble constituent particles.

So, if you think that the shaft that you picked up in the store that is the same weight and same thickness as almost everything else will have better performance because the word titanium is on the shaft, then think again………it won’t!

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