Thanks for links and info.
Too bad the golf shafts are all tapered. Don't see how a segmented folding pole could be made very well from the tapered tubes.
Thanks also for the links. The Rockwest link has been often posted here, but the prices are quite high. Had not seen the Clearwater link. The prices are better, but I wonder if they make $ sense if the Italian Gabel Superlite carbon poles are still available from Costco.
If one is looking for tube for mid poles, the same question arises when the Ruta Locura poles are available in the $50-$60 range.
Very much agree regarding pultruded carbon tubes. Working on a CF pack frame, there were repeated breaks with pultruded rod. Finally found a .248" wrapped fiberglass tube that fit tightly over a pultruded carbon rod, both from Goodwinds, that seem so far to have solved the problem. This approach might work with larger diameter pultruded tube, or maybe I just got lucky.