Project X HZRDUS Red Shaft Review

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The Project X HZRDUS Red shaft adds a higher launching option to the successful HZRDUS line.  More “action” without loss of tip stability.

Introduction

Project X has done a masterful job building the HZRDUS lineup.  It started with the HZRDUS Black which was an immediate sensation on the PGA Tour.  Then they added the HZRDUS Yellow, a counterweighted version of the Black.  Now they’re inviting more players into the HZRDUS tent with the HZRDUS Red – a higher launching option.

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Feel

My expectations for the HZRDUS Red were that it would bear little resemblance to the HZRDUS Black in terms of feel.  After one swing, those expectations were busted.

The HZRDUS Red does an unbelievable job of maintaining the tip stability of the HZRDUS Black while adding a noticeable amount of kick in the midsection.  If you like the consistency of the Black but want more action, the HZRDUS Red is going to be perfect for you.

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Looks

You can probably infer what color the HZRDUS Red is.  But rather than give us yet another shiny red shaft, Project X added something new by opting for a matte finish.  This is the first time I’ve seen matte red on a shaft, and I think the look is killer.  It’s bold and unusual.

Like the HZRDUS Black and HZRDUS Yellow, the graphics on the HZRDUS Red are minimal.  The HZRDUS name is printed along the middle of the shaft, and the top features the specs on the hazmat placard.

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Performance

The performance of the Project X HZRDUS Red shattered my expectations, just like the feel did.  I put it head-to-head against the HZRDUS Black, and I was expecting the Red to launch higher, spin more, and struggle handling my big miss, a hook.  What I got was an unexpected speed boost – an average of 3 MPH of club head speed!  I don’t know that everyone will see this bump, but I think players with borderline swing speed may.

My negative expectations were shattered, too.  The spin and launch were slightly higher, but the accuracy was exactly the same as the Black.  The tip section held up to my hardest swings, and I saw no out of control hooks.  I wasn’t looking for a new gamer shaft, but I may have found it.

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Conclusion

There are tons of players who would love to play a shaft with a stable tip who simply don’t have the swing speed for it.  HZRDUS Red is the answer to those players’ prayers.  This shaft has superb consistency without sacrificing feel, and you may even see a ball speed boost like I did.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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20 Comments

  1. I was surprised to read you’re considering making this shaft your gamer when your numbers look so much better with the Speeder Evolution II 757. What factors make you want to switch?

    • Matt Saternus

      Max,

      I’m not certain that I’ll change, but it’s a possibility.

      Numbers from one review should never be compared to numbers from another. There’s a lot of variance from day to day and certainly month to month.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Hi Matt,
    Did you use the shafts in the top picture (ie. 75g 6.0)?
    I like my Oban Devotion 65 04 (Stiff, 67g) and can load it when I swing out of my shoes but would be better with something very slightly less stiff in the tip. I tried a Rogue Silver 60 (Stiff, 69g) with reasonable success but think I would be better with just a little more weight.
    My ss is 100 to 102 like yours, slowish takeaway, almost a pause at the top and then pull down hard from the top. My average driver total distance is 260 yards.
    Unfortunately I can’t get fit for these shafts but would be interested in your thoughts on whether I would be better suited to the HAZRDUS RED 75 in 5.5 or 6.0?

    • Matt Saternus

      Darren,

      Yes, I used the shaft pictured.

      I appreciate the difficulty of finding a fitter who has all the shafts you want to try, but we strongly avoid making any specific recommendations because it’s a disservice to our readers.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Thanks Matt, I wasn’t really after a hard and fast recommendation, just more information that would help me decide what to short list to hunt down to try out. But I do appreciate the position you are in.

    Can I ask whether you found the Red 75 6.0 to play stiff or soft to flex and whether, if you did consider adopting the Red as your gamer, you would definitely go with the 6.0 or first try the 5.5 or 6.5?

    Thanks for all your reviews, I enjoy reading them.

  4. Hi Matt,
    I was hoping you could tell me what the difference is (if any) between the shaft pictured and the hzrdus red shaft in a black finish with red writing?
    I’ve been glancing at these on ebay and notice the hzrdus red comes in 2 different colours but can’t find a reason why.

    Thanks.

  5. Surprised you play stiff with such a slow club head speed. Your spin under 2000 is where you want to be, but I’m guessing that’s b/c your swing and ball speed are lower than most players of stiff shafts

  6. Hi Matt, I am considering getting the hzrdus red 75g (not the handcrafted version) for a fairway wood. Would you say the hzrdus red is best suited to a fairway wood? Would be interested to hear what shafts you have hit recently that you thought would be great in a fairway wood. Have always played low launch shaft such as diamana d+ in my 3 wood but as I am not getting any younger a sligthly higher launching shaft would help.

    Many Thanks

    Kind Regards

    Jon

    • Matt Saternus

      Jon,

      The HZRDUS Red is the highest launching in that family, which will help some people in fairway woods.
      There’s no way to say any given shaft will be good for everyone in a FW because fit is everything. Even though I would benefit from launching a FW higher, if I put a tip soft shaft in a FW, it would be a disaster.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Peter Sewell

    Hi my driver ss is 90 which Hzrdus red shaft do I go for on my srixons driver?

    • Matt Saternus

      Peter,

      With the caveat that you can only know for sure with a fitting, I would guess that stiff would be fine.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. matt what is the difference between handcrafted red hazdus vs red hazdus as downunder in australia the handcrafted shaft is 350 dollar upcharge cheers love reading your insights

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      The Handcrafted version is the “real deal” version, the aftermarket one. It’s likely a bit stiffer and, more importantly, the quality control tolerances are tighter. The other version is made to be a stock option. It can still be a fine shaft for the right player, but it’s not the same as the aftermarket version reviewed here.

      Best,

      Matt

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  10. Hi Matt,

    I am looking for a new driver shaft and after reading your review think that the Project X Hzrdus Red may just be perfect for me, I have a driver swing speed of 107-108 mph (although I did manage a couple of swings of 110 mph when I tested the Callaway Epic Flash a few weeks ago).

    I am not a high ball hitter but playing mostly on links courses thats maybe not a bad thing, I have been told that a shaft with mid launch and low-mid spin suits my game the best so in your opinion does the Hzrdus Red meet those specs, also would you recommend the 60 or 70 gram version and in terms of stiffness would you suggest that I look at the 6.0 or 6.5 flex.

    Thanks
    John

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      I would strongly recommend that you get a fitting to find the right shaft. I understand the appeal of not spending the money for the fitting, but the cost of buying/trying/reselling ends up being much higher in the end.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Les Schraeder

    I am looking for a recommendation for a high launching graphite shaft for my Callaway Apex driver. My swing speed is in the high 80 range and my normal result is a straight ball flight. My normal drive carries about 225 and sometimes the total length is about 240 so a bit more distance would be nice. I am using a 10.5 degree lofted driver.

    • Matt Saternus

      Les,

      I cannot make a credible recommendation over the internet (no one can). I can only advise that if you’re serious about seeing improvement in your driving, you need to work with a high quality fitter.

      Best,

      Matt

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