Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX Shaft Review

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX Shaft Review

By Paul Liberatore

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Project X have created their first ever golf shaft made with 100% aerospace grade material. The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX golf shaft is the next-generation of HZRDUS made for players looking to dial in their performance off the tee. The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX shaft is a low launch, low spin golf shaft designed for aggressive players looking to control their ball flight without giving up distance. This review details the new HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX shaft and helps you decide if this shaft can help your game. 

Key Features

The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX shaft is made with 100% aerospace grade material to increase performance and reduce product variability.

The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is ultra-stiff in the middle section with a very stiff tip to promote a low launch, low spin, controlled ball flight.

HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX uses Hexcel HexTow HM54 carbon fiber to increase stability without creating a rigid feel.


HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black is targeted for aggressive swingers. Golfers that prefer ultra-stable golf shafts may also fit well into the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX even if they do not have the fastest club head speeds. 


Generally, higher swing speed players will do well with the low launch, low spin design of the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX, the best way to know for sure is to go test it for yourself with your local club fitter.


Design and Technology

Top-to-bottom, the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is outfitted with premium materials. HM54 and IM2C HexTow carbon fiber blends create a balance between stiffness and stability for this high performance golf shaft. Each piece of the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is designed to work together. The butt section is stable and blends nicely into an ultra-stiff middle section and stiff tip section. The combination of these three sections create a high kick point golf shaft to promote penetrating golf shots from the tee box and fairways. 

PROS

  • The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is made from 100% aerospace grade, premium materials.
  • Project X combines a ultra-stiff middle section with a stiff tip section to create a stable golf shaft that produces low launch and low spin.
  • Aggressive players will love how effortless the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is to swing at high club head speeds.

CONS

  • Golfers with moderate tempos will likely prefer the loading patters of softer middle section golf shafts.
  • Upcharge golf shafts, like the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX, will be too expensive for some golfers to justify.
  • The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX golf shaft will only be available to try at advanced fitting locations.

Our Experience

Comparing the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX golf shaft to previous models like the HZRDUS Smoke Black and HZRDUS Smoke Yellow instantly gives the impression of increased stability and power. The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX stands up to swing speeds at all levels, including above PGA Tour averages. Importantly, the Smoke Black RDX shaft is not a burden to swing. It loads and unloads easily and helps promote more stability, especially in the transition from backswing to downswing. 

Frequently Asked Quest

What are the key features of the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX shaft?

The Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX shaft is designed for aggressive swingers looking for a very low launching, low spinning shaft. It uses aerospace-grade carbon fiber from Hexcel to provide an extremely stable and stiff profile. Key features include a penetrating ball flight, tight dispersion, and the ability to handle full swings without ballooning.

How does the feel and performance of the Smoke Black RDX compare to previous HZRDUS Black shafts?

Compared to previous HZRDUS Black models, the Smoke Black RDX has a more crisp and responsive feel in the hands. It maintains the same ultra-stable and low-launching characteristics, but with slightly improved feel and swing speed potential.

What are the available weights and flexes for the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX?

The HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX is available in 60g weights in R+, S, and X flexes.

How does the Smoke Black RDX compare to the Smoke Blue RDX in terms of performance?

The Smoke Black RDX is the more stout and stable of the two, producing a very low, penetrating ball flight. The Smoke Blue RDX has a slightly softer mid-section that provides a bit more kick and launch angle.

Are all HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts the same, regardless of being stock or aftermarket?

Yes, according to Project X, all HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts are the "real deal" with no differences between stock and aftermarket versions.

Conclusion

Golf shaft changes can make subtle but important modifications to golf swings. Players that feel their swing is very close and can use a nudge in the right direction can often look to a shaft upgrade to help take their performance to the next level. Project X has developed the new HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX for golfers looking to maximize their performance and hit the golf ball with more power and more precision. HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX provides stability and control without creating a harsh feel. Golfers with fast club head speeds and aggressive transitions will love the balance the HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX can provide.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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