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Spotted: Project X HZRDUS “Smoke” shafts



Photos of a new Project X HZRDUS “Smoke” shaft have popped up in our GolfWRX Forums.

Golfers probably know the “HZRDUS” name from any number of pros who currently play one of the shafts, but most notably Dustin Johnson who switched into the HZRDUS Black driver shaft ahead of the 2018 U.S. Open; he had also been playing the HZRDUS Black in his fairway woods for awhile previously.

But the HZRDUS name has a family of shafts aside from just the Black… there’s also a HZRDUS Yellow, Red and a T1100. Below are the differences between the current stable of shafts, according to Project X.

  • T1100: “HZRDUS T1100 is designed for better players with aggressive swing tempos who are looking for the ultimate in spin reduction.”
  • Black: “HZRDUS Black featured an ultra-stable midsection for players with an aggressive tempo seeking to minimize launch and spin.”
  • Yellow: “HZRDUS Yellow is a back-weighted, low spinning shaft with a straight taper midsection for stronger players with a smooth tempo.”
  • Red: “HZRDUS Red featured the same ultra-stable midsection as HZRDUS Black with a more active for players seeking a higher peak trajectory.”

Where will the new “Smoke” shaft fit into the HZRDUS family of shafts? That remains to be seen. From the photos, we can tell they will be “Low Spin” shafts, and will be available in at least 60- and 70-gram options in a 6.5 TX-Flex. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.

Until then, click here to see more photos of the HZRDUS “Smoke” shaft.

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  1. shawn

    Jul 12, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Ever since graphite shafts were introduced many decades ago, the manufacturers still haven’t solved the problem of soggy floppy shaft tip action… other than building up the shaft to 125 grams, equal to steel shaft weights. The “lighter is faster” is a total scam!!!

  2. ogo

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    “Smoke” model…. next is “Vap” model and then “Toke” model for a really really stoned swing … 😮

    • ~j~

      Jul 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      they are made in California after all… although good luck trying to convince a stoner into buying the shaft instead of the hash..

      • ogo

        Jul 9, 2018 at 5:59 pm

        Bet they are handmade by illegals because the labor content is high in setting up graphite shaft moldings. Better than picking California strawberries…. 😀
        Oh… and stoners don’t golf… only clowns …!

        • Dad

          Jul 9, 2018 at 11:54 pm

          No wonder California wants to allow illegal immigration… cheap labor to make graphite golf shafts wrapping dirty graphite sheet around a mandrel and then injecting sticky epoxy… a messy laborious job that homegrown Americans reject… for welfare $$$$.

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list



As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons



Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons


Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open



Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.


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