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The Project X HZRDUS Black offers golfers with strong swings low spin and impressive accuracy.
Project X, one of the top names in iron shafts, scored a major victory in the graphite market last year with their handmade LZ shafts. The LZ stands for “Loading Zone” and offers more feel, kick, and speed for players looking to boost their distance.
In 2015, Project X continued their hot streak with the release of the HZRDUS Black. This shaft was an immediate hit on the PGA Tour because it’s designed to be the counterpoint to LZ: it provides accuracy and low spin for players who already have plenty of club head speed.
When I plugged the HZRDUS Black into my PING G30, my first thought was, “Wow, all black everything.” The HZRDUS Black is matte black, just like many of today’s driver crowns, and there’s very little decoration. Aside from the grey HZRDUS logo, the only graphics are the Handcrafted logo and the cleverly re-purposed hazmat placard which shows the shaft’s weight, flex, spin, and torque. If you like to keep your driver stealthy, the HZRDUS Black is for you.
If you ever used any of Project X’s original blue graphite shafts, the HZRDUS Black will feel very familiar to you. Stability is at the forefront with just enough kick to keep the shaft from feeling too stiff. This is important because when a shaft is too firm, golfer tend to over-swing and lose control. The HZRDUS Black gives you just enough action to keep your swing smooth and let the shaft do its job.
The Project X HZRDUS Black says “Low Spin” right on the placard, and that’s not an exaggeration. Even as my spin numbers eke higher (swing changes in progress), I had to work to get a reading over 2000 RPM. Interestingly, I didn’t see a big drop in my launch angle. I was still able to keep my launch in the low teens to produce strong, medium-high drives.
Just as impressive as the low spin is the accuracy. As I mentioned above, the shaft has just enough “life” to it that I didn’t feel like I had to swing all out. I made normal, aggressive swings and found every shot doing exactly what I expected. That’s not to say that every shot ended up in the middle of the fairway, but every shot ended up where it deserved to. If I hung the face open, the ball pushed right. When I made a good swing, the ball flew straight down the middle. With this combination of predictable, consistent ball flight, it’s easy to understand why the HZRDUS Black has made such deep inroads on the PGA Tour.
Even if you don’t have PGA Tour club head speed, you can still benefit from the low spin and accuracy of the Project X HZRDUS Black. As always, the key is being fit into the right weight and flex. When you get this shaft dialed in, fairways will seem wider and you can look forward to strong, piercing drives.