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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.