What's the deal with intermediate shafts?
I started playing about nine months ago, and I've been using a salvage shaft from a broken Vapor xxx that I turned upside down, cut down to fit, and popped a wood Bauer blade in.
I figure it's about time I get a second (legitimate) stick, and I'm thinking of staying the two-piece route.
So I take my Frankenstein stick into the pro shop today, and I start looking at some Easton shafts. And they're great. And I find one that's the exact length of my salvaged Vapor shaft, but with a flex of 75. And so I think, "Great! This will let me keep using the blades that I like, and I won't have to cut down a longer shaft."
Then I realize that it's an intermediate shaft. "Ohhhhh......."
So my question is, what's the deal with them? Who are they designed for? I get that they're lighter (which to me seems like a good thing) and have more flex (again, seems like a good thing, since I'm still learning and am nowhere near taking slapshots), and they're cheaper on the whole. Anything else I'm missing here?
By the way, I'm 31 years old, stand at 5'9" without skates, 153 lbs. For those people around my height and weight, what do you use? An intermediate shaft, a cut-down senior shaft, or do you just play with a longer stick?