Whole heartedly agree with this statement. I been using a warrior dolomite and innovative 1100 tapered both have last me long times and totally worth the price.Umm, no, it is not absurd. Woodies may be cheap, but they get as limp as a wet noodle after a few games while composites either do not lose stiffness at all, or very little. I also do not agree that woodies are better balanced, and I really don't know what this "low-friction" you are talking about is. Finally, my one-pieces (each of which I bought for the price of two or three woodies on ebay) have lasted me an average of a year each, which makes them not only better-performing, but more cost effective than woodies as well.