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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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Club Building 101: Counterbalancing golf clubs



Counterbalancing can take many forms, from higher balance point shafts, to heavier grips. This video explains how this relates to club building, along with the benefits of counterbalancing from both a player and design perspective.

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Callaway redesigns Odyssey R-Ball Prototype using GE’s additive manufacturing



Callaway has announced the company has signed a consultancy agreement with GE Additive’s AddWorks team, with the aim of improving its equipment through the potential of additive manufacturing. According to GE Additive’s website, additive manufacturing is a process that creates a physical object from digital design, enabling the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems.

What does this mean for Callaway’s equipment?

The opening project from the agreement is a redesigned Odyssey R-Ball Prototype putter head. Callaway originally developed the Odyssey R-Ball Prototype as a tour preferred model in Japan, which consisted of removing the front ball from the original 2-ball design. Callaway, through additive manufacturing, has optimized the acoustics of the putter while retaining the preferred shape and performance.


Brad Rice, director – R&D, Advanced Engineering at Callaway, speaking about the process, stressed that the use of additive manufacturing is the future to the production of equipment in the game of golf, stating

“Additive manufacturing is a new tool; which is quickly going beyond the aspirational phase, and into the functionalization phase of the technology. Callaway needs to learn how to use this tool well because it is inevitable that 3D-Printing of production parts is going to happen – it is the production method of the future.”

So just how has Callaway and GE Additive collaborated to create the ideal acoustics on the Odyssey R-Ball Prototype putter head? Well, the answer is by adding geometry that made it difficult for conventional casting methods, which you can get a feel for in this short video.

For the Odyssey Prototype putter to retain its optimal design and shape while altering the acoustic signature of the putter head, Callaway and GE Additive’s AddWorks’ design and engineering teams implemented additive manufacturing through the following process:

  •  AddWorks provided guidance to Callaway, based on decades of additive design background spanning several industries.
  •  The team refined existing designs to the build direction to ensure all features were self-supported or easily supported during the build. The AddWorks team designed supports for thermal stresses and overhang constraints.
  •  Topology optimization was used in conjunction with acoustical mapping to create the optimal design.

According to GE Additive AddWorks general manager, Chris Schuppe, additive manufacturing is a method which we are going to be hearing of a lot down the line, and he is expecting this to be the first of many collaborations with Callaway

“We’re taking away many new learnings from our first project together, especially around aesthetics. We have also used additive technology to create an acoustic map, which is certainly a first for us. We’re looking forward to driving more successful projects with Callaway, as they continue their additive journey.”

What the future holds for Callaway’s products through the use of additive manufacturing remains to be seen. However, the company’s bold stance on the potential of the process enhancing their equipment could be telling.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club that you game?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from uwhockey14, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for the oldest club that they still use out on the course. Despite the latest technologies continually leading to new and improved equipment, this thread shows that for many of our members, there will always be a place in the bag for that certain trusty older club.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • leo the lion: “Odyssey Dual Force 56 degree wedge which is about 20 years old. These wedges have what I believe are called Stronomic inserts in the face. The inserts are made of a very hard material and still look new. I have not found a wedge that gives more spin and control than these wedges. Ping Eye and ISI’s come close but the Dual Forces can almost stop on a dime. I also have a 52 degree that I will use together with the 56 on shorter courses.”
  • NRJyzr: “Playing Golden Ram Tour Grinds right now, they’re approximately 38 years old.”
  • Moonlightgrm: “My Ping ISI irons are 18-years old. Nothing can move them out of my bag. Easy to hit and very forgiving. I tried a set of Mizuno JPX900 forged this year, and they lasted exactly 3-rounds.”
  • sneaky_pete: “18* Mizuno Fli Hi II Driving Iron from around 2006/2007.  This will never leave the bag! Also still rocking my Adams Speedline Super S 3 wood from 2012.”
  • dpb5031: “Arnold Palmer AP30r blade putter – ~50 years old. Kasco K2K #33 (sorta between a 2 hybrid & 5 wood) – 18 years old.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club that you game?”

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