SHAFT REVIEW – Project X Graphite Shafts
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SHAFT REVIEW – Project X Graphite Shafts

SHAFT REVIEW – Project X Graphite Shafts

By: Matt Saternus

How many times have you let some preconceived idea or bias get in the way of playing the best equipment for your game?  I think for many of us club-crazy golfers, the answer is “more times than I’d like to admit.”

Personally, I will admit to a bit of a bias against Project X.  Despite being fit into them on a couple of occasions, I’ve never loved the feel of their iron shafts.  Because of this, I’ve never given too much thought to their graphite offerings.  As you’ll see in this review, that would have been a HUGE mistake: the Project X graphite shafts are some of the most accurate and consistent I’ve ever tested.

Notes, Feel, Price, and Miscellaneous

I came into this review with very low expectations for the feel of Project X graphite.  I will happily report that I was wrong to expect so little.  To me, the Project X feels most similar to the Nunchuk: a solid, “one-piece” feel with very little kick or torque.  While not as smooth as a Matrix or Diamana, there’s nothing harsh about the Project X whatsoever.  I found this feel was very similar from 6.0 to 7.0.  Players with more swing speed or more aggressive tempos may disagree and could find more difference from one flex to the next.

With regard to looks, the Project X plays it safe with a solid blue color and minimal graphics.

When considering the standard and tour issue lines, weights of the Project X graphite shafts range from 60 to over 100 grams.  Flex ranges from 5.0 to 7.0 on the Rifle scale

Project X graphite shafts carry an MSRP of $275 but can be found for around $150.  The Tour Issue profiles can be found through select fitters and club builders or through some OEM custom order programs.

Performance

For the Performance testing, I hit each of the shafts in a Callaway RAZR Fit 10.5 head on a FlightScope X2 launch monitor.  I hit 20 “good” shots with each shaft, changing frequently so that fatigue was not an issue, nor did I get grooved with one shaft to the detriment of fairness.

Testing was done at Golf Nation in Palatine, IL, one of the best indoor golf facilities in the country.

*NOTE: Testing was done inside. Uur FlightScope seems to be producing somewhat different numbers indoors compared to outdoors.  To greater or lesser extents, ball speed, and spin are all coming in lower than they did outdoors, hence the carry number is smaller.  That said, it’s still an apples-to-apples comparison, so no attempt has been made to “normalize” the numbers: we’re publishing the numbers straight off the FlightScope, as always.

DATA


ANALYSIS

The Project X shafts produced very consistent numbers for me across the board.  The launch was medium-high, and the spin was very manageable, especially when you consider I was hitting exclusively fades (with the exception of a couple pulls).

The big story to me is the accuracy.  In my opinion, the “Off Line” number doesn’t really do justice to the Project X in this case.  While the shots may have been consistently off of the center line, they were very tightly grouped.  The dispersion numbers in the FlightScope graphic are some of the smallest I’ve ever achieved.  In fact, were it not for two pulled shots, I think each shaft would have posted a dispersion number under 40, which is outstanding for me.

Conclusion

As I said in the intro, the Project X graphite shafts are some of the most consistent and accurate that I’ve ever tested.  While there are not a lot of different options in the standard line, the Tour Issue line offers enough different weights and profiles to suit a wide variety of different players.  Though there are newer, “hotter” models out, aggressive-swinging players who want to tighten up their dispersion would do well to consider putting a Project X graphite shaft in their driver.

 

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      Fozcycle

      9 years ago

      I now have PX 5.0 graphite shafts in my irons, both Mizuno JPX 800 Pro & Cobra Bio Cell.

      Reply

      Fozcycle

      9 years ago

      I have PX shafts in several Drivers, and a set of Mizuno JPX 800 Pro’s…..Love these shafts. The 5.0 seems to suit my demands.

      Reply

      Dave Madsen

      10 years ago

      I play steel Project X shafts in a set of Cobra blades and really like them. I saw a slightly used Ping 2.0, 9.5 deg on sale with the Project X 6.0 graphite shaft, so didn’t hesitate to buy it. First time with it in my hands on a range with street shoes on, the shot pattern was tight (although with a mild push). Can’t wait to play in a tournament tomorrow with this driver (and with real golf shoes on). So far, we are impressed and the driver was purchased for much less than the shaft alone.

      Reply

      Dale Wille

      10 years ago

      Can anyone tell me what trimming a graphite shaft from the butt does to the preformance of the shaft. I want to go from a 46 inch driver to a 44 3/4 inch driver.

      Reply

      Nocklaus

      7 years ago

      You will hardly notice the difference.

      Reply

      Ladislav

      10 years ago

      Recently I´ve bought a Callaway X Hot Driver with a graphite Project X Regular flex shaft. I am 71 years old with a HCP 30 and I have a feeling, that the shaft is too stiff for me. Let me know your opinion and advise, please.
      Thanks
      Ladislav

      Reply

      John Barba

      11 years ago

      Nice review Matt. Have been playing a Project X Black 6.0 in my 3 wood this year — love what it’s doing!

      Reply

      golf teaching aids

      11 years ago

      You have came up with a very nice review here…its appreciable. Quite impressive! After reading this review i am thinking of considering this Project X graphite shafts.

      Reply

      Chris

      11 years ago

      I have tried the PX shafts and they do not work for me. Me, being a newbie golfer with an aggressive pissed off swing. I do have friends tat love them and have great results. Anyone I know that likes these shafts are good golfers with a smooth tempo and an actual golf swing. I am not surprised by the results of your testing. The are great for the right golfer. Which equates to a good golfer or at least someone with a smooth swing.

      Reply

      ms1195

      11 years ago

      Tour Shaft go up to 1000 grams?! They must be giving those to crazy strong player! JK. Great review, the shaft looks like a real straight shooter. I always like to PX blue color scheme as well, stands out nicely.

      Reply

      Tony Covey

      11 years ago

      What’s an extra zero between friends? Thanks for the catch. Fixed.

      Reply

      Mark

      11 years ago

      Great review! Would you happen to have your hands on some PX graphite iron shafts to review?

      Reply

      Adam Huckeby

      11 years ago

      Pretty impressive groupings there. I had a project x shaft in an i20 for a short while. I saw similar results…tight groups but not particularly amazing ballspeed. Thanks for the review !

      …Also I was just wondering if you guys think you might be getting any hybrid reviews in this year.

      best

      Adam

      Reply

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