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The Project X LZ shaft has a huge kick, great consistency, and excellent ball speed. These shafts are hand crafted in the USA.
When you think of hand made golf products, you might think of head covers or putters; shafts would be pretty far down the list. But why? If a craftsman’s attention to detail can make a putter beautiful and functional, why shouldn’t the same apply to a shaft?
That’s the question that Project X raises with their new LZ Hand Crafted shafts. Made one at a time by five master craftsman in San Diego, California, these shafts also feature two new technologies designed to provide distance, control, and consistency.
The name “LZ” stands for “Loading Zone,” and one swing will let you know exactly what that means. In the middle of the shaft (shown above), you get a strong load in transition and a big kick through impact. The character of the kick is exactly what you’d expect from Project X: tight and strong without being sloppy or twisty.
What makes the Project X LZ unique is that you get a big kick in the middle with great stability in both the butt and tip of the shaft. This helps to make the shaft very accurate and also gives it a really consistent feel from swing to swing.
What kind of graphics go with a hand made shaft? Hand drawn ones, obviously. The graphics on the Project X LZ were hand drawn by their graphic designers, and they feature the shaft’s torque, weight, flex, and loading zone. The color of the graphics relates to the weight: white for the 50 gram, blue for the 60 gram, and lime green for the 70 gram, as seen above. Overall, I think it’s a cool, understated look that fits really well with the story of the shaft.
The Project X LZ is billed as a shaft that is easy to launch while still managing to keep the spin down. As you can see from the numbers above, it definitely delivers on that promise.
One of the most notable things about the Project X LZ is the consistency. Most shafts that have a big kick require a lot of timing, and that can lead to big misses and ugly dispersion. The soft middle of the LZ shaft features Project X’s proprietary FlexLok technology which keeps that kick feeling the same swing after swing. This means less timing and tighter dispersion on the course.
In addition to my testing, I spoke with our friends at Club Champion about the Project X LZ shaft. They told me that in their fittings they’ve seen this shaft help to boost players’ ball speed, particularly in the 50 gram version, while still managing spin effectively.
One final note: the Project X LZ is available in 3 different weight classes (50, 60, and 70 grams) and flexes from 5.5 to 7.0. The variation goes beyond simply changing the weight and flex: Project X moves the shaft’s loading zone in each model to better fit the player who will be using that shaft: the LZ is lower in the lighter, more flexible models and higher in the heavier, stiffer versions.
It’s tough to find fault with the Project X LZ: it delivers great ball speed, accuracy, and excellent launch and spin conditions. It also has a powerful kick. On top of all that, it has that special “It” factor of being handmade in the USA in very limited quantities.
The Project X LZ shaft is available exclusively through OEM custom departments and True Temper Performance Fitting Centers like Club Champion.