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The new Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX and HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX shafts are made of military grade carbon fiber for even higher consistency. Black is great for the fast, aggressive swinger. Blue hits a sweet spot of stability and kick.
In five short years, Project X’s HZRDUS line has gone from brand new to a mainstay in the golf world. It’s become one of the go-to shafts for players seeking low spin and total control over their tee shots. In year five, Project X is releasing the third generation of HZRDUS – HZRDUS Smoke RDX. Using military grade carbon fiber, it aims to be the strongest, most consistent HZRDUS yet.
Check out the newest RDX shaft, the HZRDUS Smoke Green RDX, HERE
Check out the Project X HZRDUS Black GEN4 shaft HERE
The new HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts maintain the overall look of the HZRDUS line while adding new base colors. The change from HZRDUS Smoke Black to HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is fairly small. Instead of the matte charcoal grey, the RDX uses a sharp, high gloss black. The branding is the same, save for the addition of “RDX” behind the “Smoke”.
What will turn heads is the base color on the HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX. Blue is my favorite color, so I’m already in the tank for this one, but the finish is spectacular. It’s rich, it’s shiny without having too much glare, and the blue changes tone depending on the light.
Sound & Feel
I’ll start with one of the reigning champs for stability, the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX. Like it’s predecessors, the original HZRDUS Black and the HZRDUS Smoke Black [review HERE], the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is rock solid. My swing speed is as high as it’s ever been, my transition is aggressive, and I still couldn’t make this shaft twitch. Like it’s immediate predecessor, it doesn’t feel boardy or harsh, it simply doesn’t move. As someone who values consistent feel, I love this.
The HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX is a totally different animal. Like the Yellow HZRDUS shafts of the past [review HERE], the differences start with it being counterbalanced. The Blue feels notably heavier in the hands, and the head feels lighter. Additionally, the stiff butt and tip sections sandwich a very soft middle. This creates a pronounced kick through impact without the downside of a loose, torque-y tip.
My notes on the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX make heavy use of the word “No.” No torque, no kick, no surprises, no curve, no ballooning. If you’ve liked previous HZRDUS Black shafts, the RDX will be everything you hoped for. In addition to launching penetrating missiles off the tee, it feels surprisingly easy to swing. Even in TX flex (which is a little ambitious for my speed), I never felt like I had to stand on it. Normal swings, easy swings, and all-out swings all produced boring trajectories with virtually no curve. For me, the launch and spin were a little too low to optimize my distance, but the accuracy and predictability were phenomenal.
Now, it may have something to do with the color, but the Smoke Blue RDX performed better for me than any Smoke Yellow ever has. I liked the feeling right away – the heavier grip and lighter head. Then I nuked the first ball, so I really liked it. With the counterbalanced shaft and a little more kick, my angle of attack ticked up, my swing speed went up, and my launch angle and distance followed. I lost a little predictability but not much, and I was happy to make that trade for the extra distance.
Let’s shift to a little tech talk about what makes the new Smoke RDX shafts different from HZRDUS shafts of the past. The primary difference is the quality of carbon fiber. Project X has worked with HexTow to use aerospace-grade carbon fiber. Specifically, they’re utilizing HexTow HM54 and IM2C to give the shafts more strength, stability, and consistency.
Also, according to Project X, in the RDX line there will not be a “Small Batch” label as there was with the original Smoke. All Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts will be the “real deal” whether they are stock or purchased aftermarket.
The Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is available in 60, 70, and 80 grams. At 60 and 70 grams, Project X offers 5.5 (regular), 6.0 (stiff), and 6.5 (X-flex). At 80 grams, only 6.0 and 6.5 are available. The Project X HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX comes in the same three weight classes, 60, 70, and 80 grams. What is different is that the Blue RDX adds TX at 60 and 70 grams, drops the 5.5 at 70 grams. and has only TX at 80 grams.
With just two offerings, the new Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX line covers a wide array of golfers. For the super aggressive, high speed player, the Smoke Black RDX is ideal. It provides tons of control while keeping the launch and spin low. For everyone else, the Smoke Blue RDX provides a balance of stability and kick in a counterbalanced package that may help to boost swing speed in some players.