Bare with me as a lot of this is just a brainstorm, but there is definitely a question in here somewhere.
I watch the pros consistently drive the ball with 280+ carry and they hit their balls way up in the air. Now if you gave them a really low launch shaft what would happen? I would think they would get less carry and more roll. Or (if all else was constant), would they carry the ball the same distance? I had a discussion the other day with someone who said the guy who hits the ball 280 carry and 5y of roll is always stronger than the guy who hits it 250 carry with 35y of roll. I think that's wrong...just think about a baseball player hitting a line drive vs. a home run, yet almost always those balls are coming off of their bats around 100mph when they make solid contact. Correct me if I'm wrong.
The other thing is that I've hit low ball flight and high ball flight shafts with the same launch angles but completely different ball flights, is that even possible? I don't understand what force is at work here to make one go higher than the other, if all else is constant. I would think the LA would have to be lower on the low launch shaft, but I've seen it on a ball flight monitor be exactly the same between wildly different shafts (maybe the LM was broken, I don't know).
So what's going on here, are the launch angles actually different between two completely shafts (and I'm just crazy), or does a low launch shaft perform exactly the same as a high launch shaft (in a vacuum, with all other factors constant) in terms of distance? And if they do, then why is the low launch shaft actually decreasing the ball flight if it's not changing the launch angle or speed of the ball?