Project X EvenFlow Riptide & Riptide CB Shaft Review

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The Project X EvenFlow Riptide and Riptide CB shafts offer the signature energetic feel of Evenflow but with more stability.  Golfers can choose between standard weighting and counter balanced.

Introduction

In an environment where so many shaft manufacturers are focused on dropping spin and launch, Project X’s EvenFlow shafts were a breath of fresh air (review HERE).  New for 2020, this popular family has been given a few tweaks to better suit golfer’s equipment needs.  I tested both the Evenflow Riptide shafts to see who should be plugging them into their drivers this season.

Looks

Given the stunning looks of the original EvenFlow shafts, Project X had to bring their A game for the Riptide, and they did.  Like the original, the appeal is in the underlying background design – a wavy mix of blues (CB) or black and grey (standard).  The understated design fades to a solid color halfway down the shaft to remove distractions.

The branding on the Riptide is a bit larger than on the original EvenFlow, but it’s not huge.  Project X plays on the watery theme with a pattern inside “Riptide” that calls to mind the frothy churn of the surf.  The finishing touch is the iridescent “Small Batch” logo near the grip.

Feel

The original EvenFlow Blue was one of the most explosive feeling shafts in recent memory.  It’s a feel I love, so I was eager to test the Riptide.  It did not disappoint.

Even on controlled swings, the EvenFlow Riptide sends a jolt of energy flying down the shaft into the ball.  And while some shafts can be active at the expense of being smooth, the Riptide strikes a great balance.

In comparing the Riptide to the original EvenFlow Blue and Black, I feel that the Riptide falls between the two.  It’s more explosive than EvenFlow Black, tighter than EvenFlow Blue.

The Riptide CB is a perfect clone of the Riptide, but with more weight in the butt to reduce swing weight.  I’ll dive into this difference more in Performance.

Performance

Regular readers know that when it comes to driver shafts, I prefer a smooth, active feel, but I need stability.  The EvenFlow Riptide gave me a near-perfect balance of the two, particularly for my smoother winter swing.  With the amount of kick in the shaft, I didn’t feel the need to swing like a maniac, and that produced solid accuracy.

Both EvenFlow Riptide shafts are billed as mid launch and mid spin, and I found that to be accurate for me.  My drives were launching in my normal window with spin that is fairly average for me.  I was seeing carry distances that were near optimal with plenty of roll out and a strong ball flight.

What was interesting was how much the counter balanced shaft affected my swing.  With the Riptide CB, my angle of attack became even more positive (“hitting up” on the ball more).  This produced a higher launch angle and less spin.  The downside was that my accuracy dropped off.  While the CB version wasn’t better for me, I love that Project X is offering the same shaft in both standard weighting and counter balanced.  This allows golfers to find out if counter balancing can enhance their tee shots.

The Project X EvenFlow Riptide is available in 50, 60, 70, and 80 gram weight classes.  In the 50 gram class, 5.5 and 6.0 flexes are available, which translates to regular and stiff.  At 60 and 70 grams, there are 6.0, 6.5, and 6.5TX flexes: stiff, X-flex, and Tour X.  The 80 gram version is only available in 6.5TX for the big hitters.

EvenFlow Riptide CB has a slightly lighter weight range – 40 grams to 70 grams.  At 40 grams, there’s a 4.0 (Light or Senior) and 5.0 (Regular) flex.  50 grams offers 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0.  In 60 and 70 grams, you can get 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, and 6.5TX.

Conclusion

The Project X EvenFlow Riptide shafts are wonderful successors to the original EvenFlows.  This new version perfectly balances the best elements of the two originals.  Additionally, the counter balanced option gives fitters a chance to play with weighting to dial in each golfer’s driver.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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11 Comments

  1. paul schofield

    There are so many shaft offerings today it is becoming cluttered and confusing. So much so that fitters cannot stock all the possibilities that are available so the consumer misses out on a lot that is new

  2. Donald J Kimbriel

    What is the improvements over older project X series shafts and why should one change to riptide shafts? What should one expect.

  3. Don Kimbriel

    Improvements over project X Hazards shafts. Please add this to previously post comments.

    • Matt Saternus

      Don,

      The EvenFlow isn’t an “improvement” over the HZRDUS line, it’s designed to fit a different type of golfer.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. I swung the new SIM Max yesterday and had a Riptide 6.0 – 60g on it, both numbers i’m used to for my driver shafts. After two swings I had to check the shaft to make sure it wasn’t a 5.0 by mistake, felt extremely flimsy and unstable. They didn’t have any 6.5 or 6.0-70g available to switch with but FYSA, you way want to go with a higher labelled flex or weight if in the 95-100 mph range.

  5. Hi Matt how would the 50 compare to the UST Helium? Looking at both for SIM driver.

    • Matt Saternus

      Rich,

      I haven’t hit the UST Helium, so I can’t give you a comparison there. We would be very happy to review UST Shafts, but they have not responded to our previous inquiries. If you’d like to see their shafts reviewed on Plugged In Golf, please let them know through social media.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Matt,
    Is it common for CB shafts to increase AoA or is that just how they work with your swing?
    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      Good question. I don’t have any data to know whether or not my reaction to CB shafts is the norm.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Hi Matt,

    I decided to go with the CB 50 in a 5.5. Thanks for the great review. Quick question they are asking logo up or down. I know there is no performance and it’s personal preference. However I wanted your take as these are really cool graphics.

    Thanks

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