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How dominant do you believe Carbon Shafts will become, at the pro level? - 07-24-2019, 08:25 PM

50% saturation in 3 years? 75%? 95%?


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07-24-2019, 08:40 PM

It depends on how many are getting paid to use them, trying to get paid to use them, or started using them fairly early in their careers.

As it stands, it looks like even some of the top sponsored guys are sticking to wood outside of the break.

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07-24-2019, 09:17 PM

I think itís already at 50%.

I say 80% years in 3 years.
  
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07-24-2019, 09:20 PM

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Ten years from now wooden shafts will be gone.


Carbon shafts will be taking over on all levels.


The price will be around $250 each in no time at all.




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07-24-2019, 09:20 PM

Next "best" thing within 2 years. Aluminium!
  
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07-24-2019, 09:28 PM

Seven. The answer is seven.

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07-24-2019, 11:56 PM

my guess is that wood shafts will return to favor

,carbon fiber and other designer favorites will be a passing fad
  
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07-25-2019, 12:43 AM

Probably carbon fiber shafts will eventually dominate, as years go by more and more young players will learn the game from the beggining using them, getting used to their feeling from scratch.

It's a similar case to Wooden LD shafts, a lot of young players by now have started playing the game using these shafts, leaving most of us "old dogs" playing with regular shafts.

I can't predict a percent - rate of saturation though, depends on economy.

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07-25-2019, 12:48 AM

They make carbon fiber shafts?


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07-25-2019, 01:27 AM

Good question? What is it? And what is a pro?
  
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07-25-2019, 02:37 AM

I've been noticing the (pro) players' cues here in Vegas at the world 10-ball tournament. A handful use the black cues, but most are still wood, even among the young players.

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07-25-2019, 03:33 AM

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I've been noticing the (pro) players' cues here in Vegas at the world 10-ball tournament. A handful use the black cues, but most are still wood, even among the young players.
Then they arenít on the tv tables. I feel every match Iíve watched as 1 or both using carbon fiber.

Itís hard to say. Who knows what new ideas are in the works. Wood shafts will never fall out of favor. Iím not sure carbon shafts are better I just think they hit different then wood. Itís a difference some people like and some donít. For the proís it maybe like an old putter for a pro golfer. If your struggling for some reason you go back to something that you remember winning a lot with ... How many times have you seen a pro golfer go back to some old putter heís had for 20 years when he struggles getting them in the hole.


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07-25-2019, 04:26 AM

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Then they arenít on the tv tables. I feel every match Iíve watched as 1 or both using carbon fiber.

Itís hard to say. Who knows what new ideas are in the works. Wood shafts will never fall out of favor. Iím not sure carbon shafts are better I just think they hit different then wood. Itís a difference some people like and some donít. For the proís it maybe like an old putter for a pro golfer. If your struggling for some reason you go back to something that you remember winning a lot with ... How many times have you seen a pro golfer go back to some old putter heís had for 20 years when he struggles getting them in the hole.
I'll have to agree with this all the way. After I saw players like Kaci and Filler win with CF and then switch back to their old blue stained wood shafts to also win...I think it will be up to the player. I think the variable is that CF is not forever. Vibrations and normal play wear will change conditions over time...Maybe not on the exterior, but the filling materials each manufacturer uses to fill the hollow void in the shaft.

Also, I've been watching the Taiwanese players closely. Both Ko Brothers and Kevin Cheng seen to stick to their southwest cues, while Chang has transitioned to CF with success. Those fellas are my bellwether as to where the scene will go.
Then there are other Asian monster players who aren't switching like Biado, team Japan Oi and Karubayashi, Siming Chen, Ga Young Kim, Wu, etc....

While many of the European players have switched and continue to play well with CF.
  
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07-25-2019, 04:47 AM

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my guess is that wood shafts will return to favor

,carbon fiber and other designer favorites will be a passing fad
Wrong. Are graphite shafts in golf a fad?? Carbon pool shafts will be the norm in five years. Or less.
  
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07-25-2019, 05:08 AM

Their use will continue to grow for various practical and financial reasons. It's a good thing because it adds money to the industry. A financially healthy industry is more likely to support the sport.

But don't read too much into it...this is about selling you and I a new cue much more than it is about changing pro pool.
  
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