Project X Cypher Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
Lightweight shafts are always tricky.
They are better for players with slow to moderate swing speeds; but they often lack control and balance. Still, the reality for a lot of us is that we simply can’t use heavier, stout shafts because of our swing tendencies.
Thankfully though, there are a lot of options for those of us whose names aren’t Bryson DeChambeau. But even if a shaft is light, it doesn’t mean that it will be the right fit for your driver and fairway woods. Today we will be taking an in-depth look at the Project X Cypher.
Just by reading the spec notes on this shaft, you can tell that it will be lightweight and generally easy to manage. But again, these kinds of shafts can hide a dark, inaccurate underbelly that will do more to detriment your drives than help them. Will the Project X Cypher be a good fit for you? Find out in the following review.
Project X Cypher Overview
The Project X Cypher shaft comes in a wide range of weights but the heaviest version tops out at 74 grams.
This tells us that the Project X Cypher line was not meant for heavy hitters. Instead, the Project X Cypher is targeted at slower swing speed players who want help with distance.
When we tested the Project X Cypher, we used the 60 gram version in 5.0 Flex. This is equivalent to regular flex and 60 grams is pretty light. We wanted to see if a lighter version would maintain stability as our testing staff runs the gamut from moderate to fast swing speeds.
Right off the bat, we could feel that the Project X Cypher has a surprisingly stable mid-section. There is definitely a kick point that you can feel; but it doesn’t resonate through the entire shaft. Instead, you get a bit of release from the tip section but really good balance throughout the rest of the shaft.
Another interesting thing to note about the Project X Cypher shaft is that it is available for woods and irons. The concept behind this variety is that a player can score lower by having more consistency throughout their bag. We didn’t test the Project X Cypher with our irons – just our fairways and drivers.
Why is the Project X Cypher So Popular?
We can’t speak for other golfers but for us, we really liked the smooth feel of the Project X Cypher.
The mid-section feels really stable even when you load up on a swing. So the consistency is there and you get a mild kick lower on the shaft. This all equates to a smooth-feeling shaft with mild activity that you can predict with pretty much every type of swing.
How Does the Project X Cypher Perform?
We were really surprised to see that such a lightweight shaft produced such low spin rates.
On average, the spin rates we were seeing from the Project X Cypher were in the 1900 RPM range. For our testing session, this meant good flight consistency; but lower than expected launch.
Still, we really liked that the Project X Cypher produced straight shots. It was very easy to find the fairway with this shaft; but don’t expect much in terms of roll out distance. The launch is natural mid-low unless you have a really low CG driver head that makes it really easy to get under the ball. In that case, you are likely to get optimal launch angles with the Project X Cypher shaft.
But the name of the game in terms of performance is consistency. We were delighted to see that the Project X Cypher kept us on the short grass even with mis-hits. The mid-section stability really comes through when you need it – in other words, it will cover up a lot of your mis-hits.
Project X Cypher Shaft Specs
|Specs||Project X Cypher|
|Available Flexes||4.0, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0|
|Weight||47g – 74g|
What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
The Project X Cypher is available in 4.0 to 6.0 flex.
If you are a slower swing player and are accustomed to amateur flex, the 4.0 version will work for you. For moderate swing speed players, the 5.0 and 5.5 flexes will be a better fit. For players swinging their woods above 85 MPH, the 6.0 flex will play well.
What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
The Project X Cypher for woods comes in weights ranging from 47 grams to 56 grams.
The 47 to 49 gram range will benefit players with swing speeds below 80 MPH. The 53 to 56 gram range will be better for moderate swingers.
Why is it so Good?
The Project X Cypher is a good shaft because it is very consistent.
You can predict what kind of shot you get based on your swing.
Project X Cypher First Impressions
The first thing that any player will notice is how light this shaft is.
It feels fast and manageable throughout your swing.
Key Features & Performance
The Project X Cypher features a graphite weave which helps keep the midsection stable and contributes to the consistent performance of this shaft.
Project X Cypher Driver Review
The Project X Cypher performs well with low CG driver heads. The low spin rates will also likely help you increase your carry distance.
Project X Cypher Fairway Wood Review
With fairway woods, the Project X Cypher works as a distance enhancer. Long approaches are made easier and you can bet on staying on the fairway.
Project X Cypher Pros & Cons
- Straight flight
- Low spin
- Mid-low launch
- Good for slow swing speeds
- Limited roll-out help
- Not good for fast swing speeds
Overall Score: 94/100
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Who Should Buy it?
The Project X Cypher would be a great fit for senior players or high handicappers who want to improve their accuracy.
It’s very easy to stay on the fairway with this shaft and it’s light enough to work for moderate to slow swing speed players.