2011 Gear Review: Blue Magic Wooden Shaft


It’s been a good long time since I’ve had a stick with a wooden shaft.  I own a Mohawk traditional wood stick, but that is from another universe entirely.  The last wooden shaft I had was a Crooked Arrow and it was a hefty piece of super stiff wood. Basically, it was a war club that also doubled as a really heavy lacrosse stick.

So when I received a wooden shaft from Blue Magic Lax I was really surprised at how lightweight it was.  The shaft I picked up is made out of oak and that means it’s strong and hard.  It has a density of .075 g/cm³!  Crazy, I know.  The shaft is obviously not as light as some of the current shafts on the market, but it’s no clunker either.  Considering that some of the products out there can top $200, the high-enders should be lighter.

I popped a Gait Torque on the shaft and used it last weekend in my fall lacrosse league and was impressed by how it held up.  I was concerned about the stick breaking (because of how light it felt compared to the old Crooked Arrow shafts) and emailed Phil of BML… and he basically told me to stop being such a pansy.  Just use it and see.  So I did, and while the shaft could still deliver a really solid crosscheck, it also felt good passing and shooting.  The wood flexed a bit (which I like) when I really tried to crank it.

bag city. tightened that pocket up. promise.

I definitely plan on using this shaft again.  It might not be my day to day but I’m a fan now.  Remember when I said shafts can retail for around $200?  Well, guess how much this shaft costs.  Go ahead, guess.  Wrong.  A red oak short stick costs $15.  Yes.  $15.  A Pine shaft costs $5.  I can’t be the only one that thinks that is crazy.  Phil is in college at Winona State University (where he plays lax) and he and his buddy Michael make these wooden shafts in a garage right here in the good ol’ USA.  This might just be a little more American than apple pie.

You can also have a number or initials burned into the shaft, so it can even make a nice gift to your favorite laxer (no, not yourself).  I’m sure if you pleaded with the BML guys, they’d write something longer for a little extra charge.

You remember my previous Gear Reviews? Well, if you don’t, we said we would take price into consideration, and since this is a very usable piece of equipment, made in the USA, that is beyond affordable I’m giving the Blue Magic Lax red oak shaft an impressive 7 out of 10.  Not too shabby for 2 guys in a garage making wooden shafts in their spare time.  Wood shafts are cool and this one is definitely worth purchasing.


  1. I have been looking for a crooked arrow for some years now and I haven’t been able to get my paws on one yet. I started playing Lacrosse at 18 years of age and have been with the sport off and on (because of the demands of my job) for 20 years now. My first stick was a Brine with a flimsy aluminum shaft and then I bought a STX with a seperate shaft which was the crooked arrow. I chose the crooked arrow because I was slashed with one in a game against Budweiser in Louisisana and it hurt like hell. I used the stick faithfully for many years after that and delivered some pretty nasty checks and slashes during that time and then one sad day, I broke it stick checking in a game and was then sent to my destiny in the US Army and never saw on again. I will try the oak stick and hopefully I can get the same enjoyment out of it as I did the crooked arrow. I am currently a player for Bayou City in Houston, TX and I play as a Middie and attack.