Project X Shafts vs. Tour Concepts

I’ve always been a high ball, high spin player. For a while now, I’ve been looking for shafts to help bring my ball flight down and reduce spin. After hitting a set of Adrian Wadey’s Bridgestone J33’s with Project X’s that felt like telephone poles, I was sold. The ball flight was so much more consistent and flat than my Titleist 681’s with S300 shafts. The only problem was that Adrian had no idea what flex his shafts were and there was no frequency machine around to test them. I ordered some 6.5’s and decided to give them a try.

project x shafttour concept shaft

After getting back home from the Utah Open qualifier, I put in an old set of irons, some TourStage Z101’s with Tour Concept X100 shafts. These were DRAMATICALLY better than the S300’s, so I kept them in and tested them against a 7 iron 681 with the Project X shaft I installed in it as a test. The test club came to a D3 swing weight and frequencied at 7.5 on the Rifle scale, or a soft X-flex. I took both seven irons out and after a warm up, was hitting my Z101 about 172 yards to a practice green at our course. I then pulled out the Project X and was pretty bummed with what happened next.

I hit the first shot very solid and it actually ballooned on me, starting on a nice lower trajectory and then climbing high and falling out of the sky 10 yards short of where I was just hitting the TC shaft. I just considered it a fluke and hit some more. Each shot flew higher and shorter with MORE spin than the Tour Concept X100. The TC shaft frequencied slightly stiffer at about 8.2, or just over half a flex stiffer, and that likely had some influence, but overall, I was dissappointed with this first go around. I’ll have to keep digging to see if I can the specs on Adrian’s clubs. Note, the loft angle of each club was identical at 31*.

My Golf Swing Changes

I spent the last 6 months or so learning more about Hank Haney’s golf swing theory that he has taught Tiger Woods. I had guidance from Hank’s director of instruction in Texas and made great progress in learning this hybrid two plane swing. I did this for the purpose of educating myself more in depth to better help my students in the future. After 6 months, I’m DONE! I’m in the process of going back to my swing, the Rotary Swing that I teach and you can track this progress here. It’s always interesting to make changes and then try and go back to where you started. It can be like learning to walk again, but I enjoy the process because it helps me relate to my students who are making changes. I get to experience the same challenges and frustrations and now you get to share it with me on my blog!

The first thing I am targeting is the movement of right heel during the downswing. Right now, it is lifting off the ground and moving straight up rather than in toward my left. This is causing my right hip to kick in and creating instability in my lower body. My lower body is getting too far out in front and out of sync with my upper body and this is causing some inconsistency in my ball flight. You can see what I’m talking about in the picture.

right heel lift in golf downswing

You can see how my right heel is lifting straight up and my right knee moves in too much. This week I’ll be working on getting it to move more toward my left foot to keep my lower body from getting too far out in front and creating the jammed up look and feel I have at impact.