Project X Pxi Iron Shaft Review

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The new Project X PXi iron shaft incorporates the hallmarks of the Project X band—tour-caliber spin control và tip stability—in a lightweight package. Project X PXi"s lighter weight produces greater distance và improved feel through an optimized butt to lớn tip stiffness calibration.

 

"The new PXi is the culmination of years of research and development & it is the most sophisticated steel shaft thiết kế in the history of the game," says Chad Hall, director of product marketing and global tour operations for True Temper Sports. "PXi maintains the same launch trajectory & same spin rates that has made Project X a favorite on the pro tours. Our engineers modified the thiết kế to soften the feel in the hands for the shorter irons and stiffen the longer shafts within a set. This is a high-powered combination that produces greater distance và improved feel beyond anything in the game today."

 

This particular shaft, for me, was an experiment. I"ve sầu never been big on Project X steel shafts, if I"m being completely honest. I have sầu, however, noticed lots of players that have been putting these into lớn play in the particular type of club that I was building. That club? A utility iron. I saw Tiger put one in his prototype Nike utility iron (looks a lot lượt thích a VRS 2 iron to me personally) & several others not as notable doing much the same in utility irons. Being as I, lately, have sầu had a fascination with them, I decided why not give sầu this a try, being as several DG Tour Issue players on Tour have been putting them in this same type of club. Not withstanding the fact that I also tried a Dynamic Gold already in this particular club upon receiving it.

 

So, I gave a shout to an email tương tác at True Temper/PX/Grafalloy that I have sầu khổng lồ see which particular shaft I should purchase lớn go in this particular clubhead to lớn match as best as possible with my swing and current iron shafts (DG Tour Issue S400"s hardstepped once). The recommendation was lớn go with a Pxi 6.0 in 2 iron length (it was going into lớn an 18 degree Fourteen Hi-660 v2 utility iron). Searched high & low, & finally found this particular shaft.

 

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Build Notes, Feel, Miscellaneous

 

As I mentioned, I already had the club in mind for the testing for this shaft, và had already tried it with 2 shafts (The stoông xã Graphite Designs G009 và a Dynamic Gold X100 1 iron softstepped). But neither option I"d tried brought the club alive sầu for me. I just wasn"t a bạn of the Graphite Designs shaft, and the X100 just launched it too low (I softstepped it once in the hopes that it"d bring the flight up marginally from normal DG flight). So what"s a man left lớn vị except keep trying shafts? The clubhead was dead sexy khổng lồ me already. Had an táo bottom up to a B-cup top and the curves were in all the right places. I had lớn make it work so I could hit it. (No innuenvị there at all).

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B-Cup up top:

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So I brought in the replacement, the Project X Pxi 6.0 in a 40.5 inch (2 iron) length, as per recommendations from the PX guru. I removed the old shaft, cleaned out the bore và dry fitted, marking the shaft where it"d be prepped up to lớn 1/8” below the top of the ferrule. Then I took her to lớn the belt sander & went lớn town. There is a slight, clearcoat lượt thích coating on the shaft. You could see once you were through it & lớn the bare metal as you were sanding. For a clubbuilder, I like this as I don"t have sầu to lớn keep stopping to lớn make sure that I"ve sầu abraded the tip. It changes colors from the regular tolor, to a white powdery color baông chồng lớn bare metal as you abrade it. I notice the small nuances, sorry.

 

So once I got all the prep work done, I checked it again by dry fitting it. It"s all good and I phối my epoxy (3m 810 is the choice here). I put a thin film on and slide the ferrule up almost lớn the fully seated point. Then, I wipe the excess from the shaft tip, set in some shafting beads to lớn ensure that it aligns perfectly in the hosel. Recoat the shaft & slip her in, bumping it to lớn seat the head. I then set it up in my drying raông chồng lớn cure. I should mention that I did spine and FLO this shaft and it came out graphics down in the optimal orientation.

 

Once it"s at full cure, I then get the measuring stick out (in my case, a Mitchell Club Length Ruler và sole plate). Stoông chồng length is 40” on this one, but I decided lớn cut the raw shaft length to lớn 39 7/8” so that it"ll come out, when measured lớn the butt of the grip, lớn 40” dead on, & playing length is 1/8” short. Rethành viên, I"m trying khổng lồ build a control club for the tee box that I can flight how I want it, whether high, normal, or the low stinger. So I cut it a hair shorter than stochồng. Yes, I"m a stickler for finite measurements.

 

Once I cut the shaft off, I then blueprinted it and did an old school trick for vibrations (doweled the shaft). Put my 2 wraps under the right hand that"s customary for my irons and the one full length wrap additional and away we went khổng lồ blowing the grip on. Did my customary waggle test và it felt great. Just enough snap to let me know it"s going to lớn kick like a mule through impact. I liked that the shaft was slightly lighter than my normal shaft as well because it helped get the swingweight up (it"s at D4.5). I also chipped a few balls across the living room with it, just to get somewhat of a feel for the head/shaft full bộ, and it had that nice solid thwaông xã feeling. Time khổng lồ take her lớn the range & play whack-a-mole.

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Performance

My first process of running it through the ringer was getting loose and then hitting balls on the range, no monitor, no data, nothing involved, just get a feel for it. So I hit some wedges, then some 8 irons, then a handful of 5 iron shots, & I finally got loose. Time for the kiểm tra. Started with this in the normal position in the stance, slightly forward of center, just lượt thích a long iron. The ball just seemed to lớn jump off the face and go straight as you please. Hmm... I like this I"m thinking. So I hit 6-8 more, & rope after rope, I was striping this sucker. Okay, try khổng lồ work it. Yep, move it left or right with no problem and under control. This is good, it"s gonmãng cầu make for a lot of fun on shorter par 4"s và the really long par 3"s (there"s 1 at my trang chính course that I"d be using this if it"s a back pin location and the tees are all the way back). With that out of the way, let"s see what happens trying to hit other shots. Move it up in my stance, và BOOOOOM, high floaters that just carry và carry and then lvà soft. High floaters moved either direction? Yeah, I had those too. And the last kiểm tra, và the shot I really wanted khổng lồ be able lớn hit? Move sầu it deep inlớn my stance và hit the stinger with it. I"ve sầu been looking for a club that I can get to lớn vày this for at least a month, especially for this time of the year when it"s cooling, the leaves are falling, và the fairways are firm. I want this shot in the bag khổng lồ find the fairway và get some roll out of.

 

All or nothing, it"s time khổng lồ see if this club has a stinger in it, and if this shaft will let me hit a controlled shot that was low & screaming. Point of no return was setting it up on the tee. I took my stance, took my swing, và psheeeew out it came like a bullet. And it did exactly what I want this shot to bởi vì. It stayed low (no more than 25-30 feet off the ground with a 5 yard draw), và then when it hit the ground, it was roll đô thị. Yes, I got excited over this. I hit shot after shot, and reloaded the bucket again. WOW!!! This is working like a charm. I could hit a low cut with it, but I mainly wanted it for the stinger that I hit that"s a low running draw, và it performed flawlessly.

 

 

Data

Normal Ball Position

Swingspeed: 92.4

Launch Angle:22.5 degrees

Spin: 4043

Carry: 231.6 yards

 

Stinger Position:

Swingspeed: 91.9

Launch Angle: 19.8

Spin: 3802

Carry: 224.3 yards

 

Analysis

My analysis of this shaft is that it performs very well for me in this particular club. I have sầu not hit it in any other club, and I can not make any analysis of how it"d perform for me in irons versus my current S400 DGTI"s hardstepped once. I bởi vì, however, know that for this 2 utility iron, it works phenominally and does EXACTLY what I was wanting it to bởi vì. The stinger is as easy lớn hit as it"s ever been (I used to actually carry a 2 iron in my MP33"s when I was playing high school golf, and this club was easier to hit because of the wider sole). I haven"t ever bagged a utility iron, unless you count the 503.H. I tried a B"Stone AirMuscle & never could get along with it, mainly due to the graphite shaft that was in it. This one, however, performs flawlessly for me. The feel, IMO, is much less harsh than the standard ProjectX shafts (which is one thing I never liked about that particular shaft). And with it doweled, the feel is even more solid. So far, I"m loving this combination and it has me wondering whether I should buy a 6 iron shaft and try it out in my irons to see what happens.

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Actual Results (Visual flight)

Visually, the flight is exactly what I was looking for, and it bores through the wind. I did take it out a few days ago when Hurricane Sandy was just moving through this area and we were getting the start of the wind from it. The ball cut through the wind nicely with zero ballooning. The shaft performed well in those conditions as well. And most tellingly, the feel didn"t change even with the colder temperatures from what we were getting lượt thích some steel does. It didn"t get more harsh. I absolutely love the shaft in this head, feels great, performs exactly as I want it lớn, and it"s very controllable.

 

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned above sầu, I"m seriously giving some consideration to lớn purchasing a 6 iron in this shaft and testing it versus my DG Tour Issues in my current irons, just khổng lồ see what would happen. I bent them to more traditional lofts (Tour Issue A4 Tour Blacks), so I"m just curious if this shaft would add any more distance or control for me. I"m also just curious about how the shafts perform in a regular iron as opposed khổng lồ a utility iron. That, and I"m a club ho" that loves to lớn tinker.