I'm not a banger. I've been shooting for 30 yrs. I play objectively better with the Pechauer Rogue i'm using currently than previous setups which have included: standard maple (Frey SP, Viking, McDermott), 314-2, 314-3, Mezz WD700, HXT 11.8, Cynergy 11.8.Never said wood was better than cf. Ever.
I only point out that cf ISN'T better. Not the holy grail.
They (any ld of either) both play just as good as their user.
I only preach that cf isn't going to make a player better.
But any ld shaft definitely helps make shooting easier imo.
If I had a dollar for every idiot that went straight from a high-deflection maple shaft to a low-deflection cf shaft and then told me "it's the cf that makes the difference...."
It's not the shaft's MATERIAL that makes you better dumass, it's the low-deflection.
My wood, $360 Vantage shaft has the same low-deflection as my (tried for 6 months) $500 12.9 Revo (now my break shaft).
I shoot better with my wood Vantage.
AGAIN, IT'S THE LD PROPERTIES OF THE NEW SHAFTS, NOT THE MATERIAL, THAT IS MAKING THESE BAR-BANGING IDIOTS BETTER!!!!!
It feels better in my bridge hand gloveless. Can be mid thin-ness (12.4mm) have a long taper but still be quite stiff which is much harder to do with wood as a material. It sounds and feels good (to me) when it hits the ball. Doesn't ding under normal conditions which is in stark contrast to my predator shaft that I dinged constantly. It just agrees with my style of play better than all of the other shafts I've used.
That said, I don't think carbon is some magical material that makes you play better (I've never met anyone who believes that, ever) but I do think that carbon along with foam and other materials can help you accomplish certain properties in a shaft that you just can't with wood alone.
That's how and why materials evolve over time.