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The Project X LZ Tour graphite iron shaft has a lot of its steel counterpart’s performance characteristics but with the smoothness and weight of a graphite iron shaft.
I thought highly of the steel Project X LZ iron shaft I reviewed last year. While the 120g steel LZ was good for a broad range of players, others might want a lighter shaft with similar performance. To meet this demand, Project X released the LZ Tour graphite iron shaft. The LZ Tour graphite iron shafts utilize a reduced stiffness in the midsection for maximum shaft load and weigh in at 90 grams.
For a graphite iron shaft, the Project X LZ Tour graphite shafts look so sweet. The butt and tip sections are plain black, but the midsection has a weave pattern to it. I can’t speak to whether or not the weave has any practical impact, but it showcases the “Loading Zone” concept and looks cool. Project X uses their familiar silver and blue graphics which really pop on the black graphite.
This review was the first time I had ever hit a Project X graphite iron shaft of any type. Given Project X’s excellent reputation I wasn’t too concerned about how they would perform, but I was curious how they would feel. Comparing to the steel LZ iron shaft, I think the graphite shaft’s kick is a little smoother. The steel LZ has a notable pop whereas the graphite LZ has a smoother release. I tested the graphite LZ in a Callaway Apex MB, and the graphite absorbed a lot of shock on mishits. Despite being graphite, the LZ Tour is still very responsive.
True to Project X‘s advertisement, the LZ Tour graphite iron shaft has a mid-launch with low spin. The LZ Tour isn’t the lowest spinning shaft I’ve hit, but I wasn’t seeing many balls zip back on the greens. The trajectory was right in the middle which made the LZ extremely controllable. If you’re starting from the middle, it’s much less work to flight the ball up or down as needed. Naturally, this made managing the wind much easier.
Finally, I want to talk punch shots. I’m not ashamed to admit that when I played a full round with the LZ Tour shafts, I had to work from under trees a few times. The LZ Tour graphite shafts may be the best punch shot shaft I’ve ever hit. Something about them made it feel effortless. The analogy may be tough to relate to, but it felt like throwing a saucer pass in hockey. All it took was pulling the club back and flicking it forward to punch the ball right on target. This made a very lasting impression on me and is a testament to the LZ Tour’s playability.
The lighter graphite Project X LZ Tour aren’t exactly apples-to-apples with their steel counterparts, but they’re a great shaft. Their performance is similar, but the lighter weight and smoother feel sets the graphite LZ Tour apart. If feeling that kick is less important to you and you’re looking for something a bit easier to play with great feel, consider the Project X LZ Tour graphite iron shafts.