Thinking about picking up a new 314 2 shaft from a friend.

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I've been looking for a new shaft for my jacoby player, my first venture into the world of low deflection shafts. I shot with a brand new 314 2 that I really enjoyed. Also with an OB, jacoby hybrid edge, jacoby keilwood and some carbon fibers: Jacoby black, Revo and a j&j. Didn't care for the feel of the carbon fiber but I liked the feel and action on the OB classic plus and the 314 2. He's selling the ob for 180 and the 314 2, which I liked allot more, easily, for 350. And thoughts on these shafts or the price point? Thanks in advance.
 

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The 314-2 is a great shaft and definitely my favorite wooden shaft. $350 is probably top end for a used 314-2 but in the end, how much could you save if you waited and looked around for a few months, maybe $50. Maybe more but I don’t think it’s worth waiting. IMO, buy the shaft and enjoy playing with it.


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The 314-2 is a great shaft and definitely my favorite wooden shaft. $350 is probably top end for a used 314-2 but in the end, how much could you save if you waited and looked around for a few months, maybe $50. Maybe more but I don’t think it’s worth waiting. IMO, buy the shaft and enjoy playing with it.


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Thank you for your input. His shaft is basically new, only been shot with to test it out. Is there anywhere you would suggest to search? My online searches have been coming up around 400 plus dollars
 

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New 314-3 cost $359.
Since many players seem to be now using CF, I would think the older wood shafts would sell for a discount.
That's also what I thought but was told that once the production of the second generation was stopped, once the third generation began, the price of the second actually went up.
 

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That's also what I thought but was told that once the production of the second generation was stopped, once the third generation began, the price of the second actually went up.
I've not had the chance to hit with a 314-3, but had a hit with a Wavy jointed 314-2 which I did quite like. I think it was on this forum that I read a few commenting that the 314-2 was a nicer shaft than the 314-3? If you've had a hit with it, and you liked it. Go for it, you don't want to fumble what could be a good player for you.
 

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I've not had the chance to hit with a 314-3, but had a hit with a Wavy jointed 314-2 which I did quite like. I think it was on this forum that I read a few commenting that the 314-2 was a nicer shaft than the 314-3? If you've had a hit with it, and you liked it. Go for it, you don't want to fumble what could be a good player for you.
Solid advice. I also haven't hit with a third generation but have heard the same thing and the 314-2 hits pretty sweet. Amy experience with an OB classic or OB classic plus?
 

Flakeandrun

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Solid advice. I also haven't hit with a third generation but have heard the same thing and the 314-2 hits pretty sweet. Amy experience with an OB classic or OB classic plus?
I've not used an OB classic, but a friend has a Pro+ that I quite liked the feel of. I had far less time playing with that than the 314-2. Which is a great production line shaft with many positive reviews. I played maybe a handful of shots with the OB pro+, but I borrowed a 314-2 for a couple of days and really got on well with it. I don't think I have played enough with OB product to make an accurate or detailed assessment. But I do think, from what friends have said, that OB make/made good quality product. The 314-2 was what I was going to pick up myself, until by total chance I found a shaft I preferred (ILC Monster).
There's no substitute or better judge than yourself. If you are able to have a hit with both, do just that, and see which feels right. Play a variety of shots in different situations and see how they feel. Hope you get something right for you, that lasts :)
 

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I've been looking for a new shaft for my jacoby player, my first venture into the world of low deflection shafts. I shot with a brand new 314 2 that I really enjoyed. Also with an OB, jacoby hybrid edge, jacoby keilwood and some carbon fibers: Jacoby black, Revo and a j&j. Didn't care for the feel of the carbon fiber but I liked the feel and action on the OB classic plus and the 314 2. He's selling the ob for 180 and the 314 2, which I liked allot more, easily, for 350. And thoughts on these shafts or the price point? Thanks in advance.
Just my opinion, but there is no way I would spend $350.00 on a 314-2. If you're going to spend that much money, there are better/more options in my opinion. What joint pin do you have? If it's a radial, I might have something for you.
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I've not used an OB classic, but a friend has a Pro+ that I quite liked the feel of. I had far less time playing with that than the 314-2. Which is a great production line shaft with many positive reviews. I played maybe a handful of shots with the OB pro+, but I borrowed a 314-2 for a couple of days and really got on well with it. I don't think I have played enough with OB product to make an accurate or detailed assessment. But I do think, from what friends have said, that OB make/made good quality product. The 314-2 was what I was going to pick up myself, until by total chance I found a shaft I preferred (ILC Monster).
There's no substitute or better judge than yourself. If you are able to have a hit with both, do just that, and see which feels right. Play a variety of shots in different situations and see how they feel. Hope you get something right for you, that lasts :)
Well said. How much were you finding 314-2 shafts for when you were in the market for one?
 

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Just my opinion, but there is no way I would spend $350.00 on a 314-2. If you're going to spend that much money, there are better/more options in my opinion. What joint pin do you have? If it's a radial, I might have something for you.
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What are some better options in your opinion, in that price range, that have a similar hit? Yes, it is a radial.
 

Flakeandrun

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Just my opinion, but there is no way I would spend $350.00 on a 314-2. If you're going to spend that much money, there are better/more options in my opinion. What joint pin do you have? If it's a radial, I might have something for you.
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I agree with this, as there are a lot of options (depending on joint). I guess he's going on what is available for him to play and test. Maybe there is some wiggle room on his prices, I am sure you might be able to get him down a little.
I just searched on XianYu APP and there's a handful for around 2000RMB ($270) - in used, but like new condition. There's one heavily used for 700RMB and a couple of new ones at 2500RMB
 

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I agree with this, as there are a lot of options (depending on joint). I guess he's going on what is available for him to play and test. Maybe there is some wiggle room on his prices, I am sure you might be able to get him down a little.
I just searched on XianYu APP and there's a handful for around 2000RMB ($270) - in used, but like new condition. There's one heavily used for 700RMB and a couple of new ones at 2500RMB
Thanks I'll check it out. Is it easy to order from there from an American address and bank?
 

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Thanks I'll check it out. Is it easy to order from there from an American address and bank?
I don't think so. I was just trying to give you a price reference, but realise might not apply where you are. Try searching for XianYu on appstore. I use UK appstore account and downloaded the APP from there. But I am using it while living in China. It's kind of like a much more convenient eBay. You could try checking Taobao, that might work in the US?
 

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$350 is way too much for a used (even only test hit) 314-2. 314-3 are the latest generation and they've been out about 10 years now. Here is a brand new 314-3 for $360 from one of the big dealers joerackem. It comes in any joint, and you can get them in 29" or 30" lengths.


Funny how times have changed. I bought my first 314 for $125 or $140 in about 1999. Now I'm sounding like my dad:)
 
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dendweller

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Just my opinion, but there is no way I would spend $350.00 on a 314-2. If you're going to spend that much money, there are better/more options in my opinion. What joint pin do you have? If it's a radial, I might have something for you.
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Yeah, I don't get that, unless you're really a fan of the 2. Try the 3 from Seyberts, free shipping, free returns if you hit and don't like it and it's returnable.

Or, maybe they are in a country where I'm comparing apples and oranges.
 
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Try the 3 from Seyberts, free shipping, free returns if you hit and don't like it and it's returnable.
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