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The Project X LZ iron shafts are, in my opinion, the best in the Project X lineup and suited for a broader range of golfers.
Project X has made a name for itself with its namesake steel iron shaft, and, more recently, with the lightweight and high launching PXi shaft, but the PX lineup still always felt like it was missing something…until now. The Project X LZ (LZ stands for “Loading Zone”) has the best feel in the Project X lineup and a more practical performance for a broader audience of golfers. In a way, it’s almost as if they took the good parts of the Project X and the PXi, added a little extra magic dust, and created the LZ iron shafts.
In the interest of creating comparisons and making it easier to assess where the Project X LZ, falls in the spectrum, I’ll compare the LZ’s feel to the standard PX and the PXi. The standard Project X shaft has the same stiffness profile throughout the entire shaft. This creates a stout and consistent feel. The PXi shaft is very smooth and lightweight but can almost feel a bit too soft depending on the swing. The Project X LZ has what they call “variable wall technology” which keeps the butt and tip sections of the shaft firm but produces a reduced stiffness in the mid section and makes it easier to feel the load/unload of the energy in the shaft. Short version, you can feel much more of a kick with the LZ compared to other PX shafts.
Word of warning though, make sure you get your correct flex. I would normally play a 6.5 in my PXi’s, but a 6.0 was just right for me in the LZ.
In a nutshell, the Project X LZ performed well. The smooth feel is the crowning achievement of the LZ by a mile, but that exceptional feel translates into great performance and playability. By design, the Project X LZ is a mid-launch iron shaft, and it certainly performed as such for me. Project X says this shaft will be the best fit in their lineup for a broader range of golfers, and this is likely to be true based on the “Goldilocks Standard.” Yes, some golfers will want the towering launch of a PXi and others the low bullet of the standard PX shaft, but most players out there are going to want something that’s “just right” in that middle ground for optimal distance and green holding capabilities.
The heavily mentioned exceptional feel makes for a very controllable iron shaft that should enable players to hit a wide range of shots. In my testing, I found that I was able to shape the ball as needed, but it was also easy to hit different trajectories depending on the shot required. I know a few other players, with very different swings than me, that have put the LZ into their bags and their feedback is exactly the same. These other players love the feel and control of the Project LZ.
If you’re a fan of the stability that’s often synonymous with Project X iron shafts, but haven’t historically found that you’ve quite fit into any of the PX offerings, then the Project X LZ is likely a perfect match for you. The variable wall technology Project X uses in the butt and tip section maintain that classic stability, but the reduced stiffness in the middle gives more life to the shaft and a better overall feel. For my money, I think the Project X LZ is as close to a “one size fits all” as you can come. The only people that would not mix so well with the LZ would be the players that prefer a telephone pole in their iron shafts. As always though, don’t assume anything, and make sure you properly test and fit the LZ shaft before bagging them to make sure you have the best setup for your swing.