April 14, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- The new Project X shaft is a low-spin, low- to mid-launch shaft for big hitters. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Sticking with the recent trend of tip-stiff driver shafts that produce low launch and spin characteristics, Project X unveiled a prototype model at the RBC Heritage with a significantly stiffer overall profile that's geared for players with higher-than-average swing speeds.
The prototype is currently available on TOUR in one flex (6.5X) and weight (62 grams), but True Temper Tour reps confirmed the goal is to eventually have the shaft available in weights ranging from 65-to-95 grams in 6.5 and 7.0 flexes.
"This is our new Hand Crafted Project X shaft," said True Temper Tour rep, David Wilson. "It's going to be a low-spin, low-to-mid launch shaft for bigger hitters that need that stiffer tip and profile."
Ryan Moore was the first player to put the shaft in play at the Shell Houston Open and noted that he was able to get the launch and spin he was looking for, as well as hit his go-to shots off the tee. Recent PGA TOUR winner James Hahn also requested a new driver build with the prototype to test on Monday at the RBC Heritage.
Project X released a Hand Crafted line in the last year that featured a weave pattern in the middle of the shaft that was significantly softer than previous Project X graphite models and acted as a loading zone on the downswing.
Wilson was quick to point out that while the shafts share the Hand Crafted name, the new prototype has a completely different profile than the previous version that had a higher launch and moderately higher spin rate.
"This shaft has a higher bend point that gives it a lower flight," Wilson said. "There's no Loading Zone in this shaft. It's just firm from the butt end of the shaft to the tip. Torque-wise, it's in the low three range, so it's going to have a good feel to it.
"We've seen a lot of players go up in loft but want a stiffer profile shaft to get the low spin they need. We think this is a great option for a lot of the stronger guys on TOUR."
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