Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 Shaft Review

The shaft is the engine room of your golf club and when we are talking about the driver we are talking about something that needs to help you generate speed.

Not just that, in order to score well, the driver shaft must be stable and accurate too. Confidence is key from the tee.

In recent years, Project X have created a huge stir in the shaft world from being a leader in iron shafts and now into the wood shafts. The HZRDUS line-up has been a massive hit for the company and today we’re looking at one of their marquee products the Smoke iM10.

Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 Shaft Overview

This shaft comes in two sub-models, one for low-launch/low-spin and one for mid-launch/mid-spin.

This shaft employs a new technology from Project X called HexTow which creates a stiffer and more stable shaft but with extra feel. This is something that many golfers will just love.

Why Is The Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 Shaft So Popular?

It is rare to find a super-stable shaft that also provides a lot of feel and feedback.

There is also the now iconic branding on this shaft which looks undeniably fantastic. HZRDUS shafts are known for a characteristic low and penetrating ball flight at the start of the shot and this is great to behold.

Another thing that people love about this shaft is the fact that if you flip the installation you can get a very clean and clutter free look, something many value. The feel is something that really pleasantly surprises people with this shaft and is absolutely worth reiterating.

How Does The Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 Shaft Perform?

Very well. That’s the shortest answer but both shafts in this line-up workQ incredibly well.

Those who need a little help with launch conditions will see greta benefits from the mid shaft but even with that the spin numbers are very tight. 

The low shaft has another performance trick up its sleeve, no pun intended, it is counter-balanced. This adds another layer of stability to an already impressively stable shaft offering. This really is pushing the technological envelope and delivering performance in droves.

What Flexes And Weights Are Available?

Project X fans will know that they have a number coding system to denote shaft flex.

There is a huge depth to this line-up so let’s look at each sub-model separately to see what’s available.


The mid comes in three weight options, 50g, 60g and 70g. The 50g is available in 5.0 (reg) 5.5 (firm) and 6.0 (stiff). The 60g comes in 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 (x-stiff). The 70g comes in 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 flexes. The choice is vast!


There is less choice in the low model which comes in 60g and 70g. The 60g offers 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 and TX (tour x-stiff) whilst the 70g is offered at 6.0, 6.5 and TX. There is a spectrum of low weight and 5.5 flex for those with a swing speed of around 90mph up to heavy and TX for 120mph.

Why Is It So Good?

When you combine feel, stability, a strong, low piercing flight and many choices of model, you have a phenomenal golf shaft.

There are so many options in this product portfolio that almost any golfer from intermediate up to elite tour player can find something that will help them.

This is a shaft that inspires confidence. It will reduce dispersion, give you added speed and help you feel your way to better golf all in one. This is a piece of golfing engineering greatness and should be celebrated.

Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 First Impressions

I was blown away by how stable and quick this shaft felt at first.

I have tried other HZRDUS shafts in the past and not been too excited by them but this is a whole different beast. I have tended to find these shafts quick but “boardy” and lacking feedback, this one bucks that trend.

It feels alive in your hands as it whips through impact delivering that pent-up energy into the ball. The feel is just lovely and it is almost like it makes you feel like you can hit any shot possible. A real joy to hit.

Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 Pros and Cons

There is, of course, no such thing as a free lunch. So let’s have a brief look at the good and bad that this shaft brings.


  • Great product line-up that will compliment many golfers
  • Unbelievable feel that is hard to find in such a stable shaft
  • Understated paintwork which looks fantastic and isn’t distracting


  • It doesn’t come cheap, this probably isn’t a surprise
  • It is a custom upgrade so you will need to source it as an after-purchase upgrade
  • The choice is so vast that you really need to be properly fitted to get the best from this model

Who Should Buy It?

There is no getting away from the fact that this shaft only starts to become advantageous with intermediate golfers.

Beginners won’t see much benefit in spending the money to put this into a driver. However, intermediates up to elite skilled golfers should be interested in this shaft.

You’ll be bored of me saying this but this shaft is for the golfers who want steel shaft levels of feel paired with graphite shaft levels of stability.


Shaft technology has exploded in recent years.

As clubs hit many rule-bound limits, the new frontier seems to be on shaft manufacturers who are giving golfers new power and stability that has never been seen. The engines are getting more efficient and it is incredible to behold.

The Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 represents the living embodiment of what these technological advances can do. If you are looking for speed, stability and feel (find me a golfer who isn’t) then this is a great place to take your search!

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