That happens but you never played the shafts in question lots of people have new stick syndrome feels good plays good confidence gets better , but that's really meaningless in this coveration since you haven't played with one to know the difference, as a 5 you may not even if you did ,,I am glad I did not read this before I made my first and only trip so far to Vegas nationals.
Being the first time I ever flew with a cue on a plane I was paranoid about taking my 2,500.00 custom. It just so happened that a friend wanted to practice a week before we left and I did nit have my cues with me. So I borrowed one that he had for sale. Actually he had a dozen he had bought at a tournament for resale. All cheap sneaky petes. I fell in love with it and he sold it to me at cost. A whopping 20.00.
Took it to Vegas a week later and played the best I ever have before .. I was a 5 and playing 9 ball. Beat one 5 by 38-4. Beat another 5 by 38-9 . Lost 55-37.needing only one ball to win. He was up 18-0 before I ever got to the table.
Sometimes its the Indian and not the arrow....as long as it is a straight arrow.