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In the late part of the 2015 golf season (which is technically the early part of the 2016 golf season, but we’ll leave the silliness of PGA Tour scheduling for another day), Project X’s HZRDUS Black absolutely took off. To build on the success of the new HZRDUS line, Project X has released the HZRDUS Yellow. Already a winner on the PGA Tour, the HZRDUS Yellow has a unique construction designed to create a slightly counter balanced feel.
Though the HZRDUS Yellow has the same graphics as the HZRDUS Black, the change in the base color makes them very different animals. Where the Black is subtle and stealthy, the Yellow screams, “Look at me!” While the bold yellow won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I think it’s a great fit for golf’s younger, bolder niche.
Overall, the HZRDUS Yellow feels very similar to the HZRDUS Black – very stout with just enough kick to keep you from over-swinging. This tip-stiff design is a big part of why the players on the PGA Tour love it: they can swing hard without fear of overpowering the shaft.
The key difference between the HZRDUS Yellow and the HZRDUS Black is the weighting. The HZRDUS Yellow has a little more weight in the butt section of the shaft which drops the swing weight approximately 3 points. Depending on your sensitivity, this could be a huge difference or a non-factor. For me, it was just enough to notice a difference without it feeling too alien.
If you look at the hazmat placards on the two HZRDUS shafts, you’ll see that they’re nearly identical: 2.9 torque ratings, low spin, and just one gram of weight difference. As such, you’d expect that they’d perform almost the same, and you would be right for the most part. Overall, both shafts are low spin, fairly low launching, accurate, and consistent.
Where the two shafts diverge is weighting or balance point. The counterbalancing in the Project X HZRDUS Yellow shaft did affect my driving. I found that with the counterbalanced HZRDUS Yellow, my angle of attack was more positive (I “hit up” more) leading to higher launch, a bit more spin, and a drop in accuracy. Please note: that is only how counterbalancing impacted me in this particular shaft. You may experience the opposite result with a counterbalanced shaft. If you want to get the full benefits of upgrading to a HZRDUS shaft, be sure to see a qualified fitter to make your purchase.
The Project X HZRDUS Yellow shaft has a very clear target in mind: players who want low spin and accuracy without a high swing weight. The HZRDUS Yellow delivers the same feel and performance as the HZRDUS Black, but with a different weighting that could unlock improved distance and accuracy from some players.
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