Nunchuk Shaft Review

After market shafts typically don’t get a great big piece of the billion dollar golf equipment industry. Most companies that produce after market shafts are pretty small in comparison to the big box OEMs that produce the clubs they go in. Part of the reason could be that unless you’re a hardcore golf equipment junkie the knowledge of the technology and terminology needed to actually know what you’re talking about can be pretty daunting. There are so many factors that can dramatically alter the makeup of a shaft, kick point, torque, flex, spin rate and frequency all play a role in how the shaft performs. I’m guessing a lot of amateur golfers without the luxury of high tech launch monitors and access to people smart enough to break that all down ultimately go with the shaft that the OEM has determined was a good fit.

Enter Nventix, the maker of the Nunchuk shaft. Nventix has developed the Nunchuk shaft which really makes understanding all of that technology a whole lot easier. It’s quite simple really; the Nunchuk is a single flex and single launch (called True-Loft) driver. The reasons for the single flex and launch is not to simplify the technology so that more people can understand what they’re talking about though. The Nunchuk was designed this way to help narrow the shot dispersion and to allow the loft of the club to determine the launch of the shot. There is a lot more to it than that and we’ll get into all of that in this review.

Technical Specifications:

FLEX: The NUNCHUK is sold in a single flex – the same shaft will perform well for professional golfers, high level amateurs, seniors, women and juniors. How? With the NUNCHUK , any “flex” created at the initiation of the downswing will rapidly recover in only the first few feet. Therefore, you DO NOT have to”time the kick” of the shaft.
LAUNCH: Because the NUNCHUK resists Flex, Twist and Droop during the downswing, the movement of the clubhead around the axis of the shaft is dramatically reduced relative to other shafts. As a result, the shaft is not “adding” or “subtracting” loft from the true loft of the clubhead and the swing generated by the golfer. Therefore, the golfer can reliably expect to deliver the True Loft of the clubhead to the ball at impact.

WEIGHT: Because the NUNCHUK is counterbalanced, the shaft will feel much lighter than its deadweight. The counterbalancing and stability of the NUNCHUK creates the “one-piece” feel that promotes CONSISTENCY by encouraging players to swing the handle of their golf club, rather than the club head.

Testing:
Naturally the skeptic in me is thinking “ok, so they’re giving me a super stiff and heavy shaft and telling me it will narrow my shot dispersion; prove it.” I was excited to get started with the Nunchuk when it arrived. After reading the recommendations of the company I had the shaft trimmed to 44” and installed in my Nike MachSpeed Black driver. An earlier review of this driver had proven that it was definitely a long and solid performer but one thing I struggled with was the occasional push fade (slice). This made this driver a prime candidate for me to use to test the Nunchuk. Testing for this review was done with several driving range sessions and roughly 8 rounds of golf.

My first impressions on that initial trip to the driving range were very positive. After warming up with some iron shots I went to the driver, Nunchuk installed and ready to go. Right away there was a little adjustment to the shorter length of this setup, after all it seems that every OEM is putting out longer and lighter shafts in their drivers so it felt like I was sort of going against the grain in that respect. Right away I was happy with the shot dispersion, nice and straight with a few very slight fades worked in. After hitting a few shots I began to really get into the groove and started swinging harder, this is where I first noticed what would eventually become a bit of a trend with this driver and shaft combination. The more I tried to go after a shot the more I found myself pulling the ball quite a bit. This was easily remedied by simply not swinging as hard, but I did not expect to run into this with the one flex setup of the Nunchuk shaft.

On the driving range I couldn’t get a real good picture of exactly how far I was hitting the ball. The next few testing sessions took place on the course where I’d hit my previous driver (Callaway Razr Hawk with stock RIP (s) shaft) then I’d hit he Nike MachSpeed Black with the Nunchuk. I expected a little difference in distance simply because of the 2 inch difference between the Razr Hawk and the MachSpeed Black. What I found was solid shots out of each driver would result in on average 10 to 15 yards more distance out of the Razr Hawk driver. What I found was the MachSpeed Black with the Nunchuk shaft would result in a lower ball flight and thus giving me more roll. That carry and roll consistently equaled about the same amount of carry I was seeing from the other driver. I tested this same routine over countless drives and only on shots I missed by a good margin was the MachSpeed with Nunchuk as long as or longer than the Razr Hawk.

Another thing in those comparisons that I really paid attention to was my shot dispersion. The MachSpeed Black with the Nunchuk is definitely a pretty straight driver; however I didn’t find it to be much more accurate in these comparisons. Basically what I’m saying is that if I was on with my driver on the day of testing I was hitting both drivers as straight as the other. I didn’t see a time where I was hitting my Razr Hawk crooked but hitting the Nunchuk straight. On the contrary, I did have a few occasions where on the same tee box I was right in the middle of the fairway with the Razr Hawk driver only to step up and lose one way left or way right with the Nunchuk, this didn’t happen too often, but it did happen a few times.

Lastly my testing with the Nunchuk really taught me a lot more about the feel of a shaft. I’ve talked to some fellow testers here on THP who have described a certain feel they get from one driver shaft of another and I’ve never really been able to differentiate whether or not that feeling was coming from the clubhead or the shaft itself. I found out the difference right away when installing the Nunchuk into a driver I had previously used with a different shaft. On a well struck shot everything felt great, but on a miss hit the Nunchuk just feels very harsh to me. I also noticed a substantial amount of distance loss on shots that I didn’t hit just right. That certainly can’t all be pinned on the shaft, but I’m simply just reporting what I noticed.

Overall:
The Nunchuk shaft is certainly enjoying some success on the PGA Tour this season. Multiple players have won events while using one of these shafts. With the copycat nature of equipment use on Tour I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Nunchuk shafts in player’s bags in 2012 and beyond. Personally I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe the Nunchuk is going to be geared to help guys like Jhonattan Vegas or someone else who can bomb the ball out there 330 yards consistently. Maybe when you’re swinging with that much power and velocity you’re really able to tap into what the maker of the Nunchuk imagined. Myself, however, I have come to the determination that I simply do not hit the ball long enough to give up a consistent 10 to 15 yards off the tee. Not only that but I honestly did not see enough of an improvement in accuracy when I switched to the Nunchuk. As I said, if I was on with my driver I was on with or without the Nunchuk installed, and if I was struggling off the tee I struggled whether or not I had a Nunchuk shaft in my driver as well.

I do genuinely feel that Nventix might be on to something with this shaft technology, however for me and my game I don’t believe that I saw enough of an advantage that would make me want to switch. If you’re someone who is very strong off the tee yet could use some more accuracy I definitely think you should check out this shaft. You can find a fitter and a dealer near you by going directly to www.nventix.com. You can also order one directly from that page for $259.95.

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27 Comments

  • Great write up Jason! As always thanks for your honest thoughts.

  • Great write-up Jake, well thought out and explained. I’ve followed the thread to this for some time with curiosity and while it may fit some, or even many out there, I can’t see it fitting me.

  • Great write-up Jake! Very interesting stuff with the single flex technology they are using.

  • Nice write up! Having known almost nothing about shafts in the past, it’s great to get a hold of more and more info. Thanks.

  • Thanks for a very solid and honest review, Jake. I don’t think this would be a good option for my game, but I don’t doubt that it has its place out there.

  • Good write up Jake. You saw some of the same things that I have been seeing when using this shaft.

  • Great write up Jake. I really liked the break down from start to finish

  • Thank you for the review Jake. This shaft definitely had my interest at one point but I’m not really sure. A lot of mixed feelings on this one and it doesnt seem the no-flex works for everyone. Interesting technology though and I look forward to seeing where this leads.

  • Great review, thanks! I’m trying to learn more about shafts and this helped.

  • Solid review Jake. Some very interesting ideas behind this shaft, but it’s definitely not for everybody. Myself included.

  • Great review Jake. Loved hearing your honest thoughts on this.

  • Really great review Jake! I am still doing some more testing with my Nunchuk and I am waiting for some LM numbers before I make my final decision, but it is definitely an interesting shaft and an intriguing concept. Well done!

  • good review Jake. Only one flex, very interesting.

  • Nice write up. $260 + installation + grip? That price is ridiculous for a one size fits all shaft. Part of the appeal would be a lower price in my mind. For that money you could have a proper fitting with a shaft that does what the Nunchuk claims.

  • Great review Jake, I have a hard time understanding how anybody could think one shaft will fit all but thats just me. Thanks for the honest review

  • Good review Jake, and this is why I love THP. I’m in the same boat as you, I can’t give up 10-15 yards unless the product could 100% guarantee I was in the fairway 100% of the time. Thanks for a great write up.

  • Great review buddy! I’m not sure this would be a fit for my game or not but it’s definitely a nice option for some. Not sure about the price especially since its a one size fits all solution as well.

  • Excellent review. This is the kind of honesty that sets THP apart from other sites. This shaft is also pricey.

  • Great honest review Jake. One flex definitely isn’t for everyone.

  • Good review, interesting to see you saw no real difference in accuracy but quite a difference in distance.

  • Thanks for sharing Jake, I’ve wanted to know wha tthe hype was all about. Hope this is at the outing, I would like to swing a single flex shaft. I do think that I would look to buy another driver before I puchased a shaft of this dollar amount.

  • Interesting perspective. I like how you connected the shaft to your game versus what a pro might get out of it based on some tour results.

  • Great write up! Really like the honesty in the review. Definitely interesting technology, and something that I’d like to try. THP always coming with the great information. Love it!!!

  • Thanks for the review. It’s an interesting shaft. I’d be interested to see how you hit the shaft with a higher loft to give you a better launch angle for the lower spin rate this shaft puts out. I’ve had to go up 1.5º on my driver to get the most out of the Nunchuk.

  • nice review mate
    my own shaft arrived 2 days ago and it got it’s first (unscientific) outing today at the range. For what it’s worth (compared to my existing set up) I found that when I absolutely flushed it 100% I reckon I got an extra 10 yards out of it…. at the other end of the spectrum, when I put a REALLY shonky swing on it it was WAY shorter, but significantly straighter (linked to hang-time and opportunity for the ball to deviate i suspect), and with a semi reasonable swing it was probably a fraction shorter and a bit straighter…. I liked it because of the heavier feel (going against the fashion for lighter shafts), I get a better idea of where the clubhead is and (hopefully) because of this I’ll be able to generate a higher % of decent contacts! Then again perhaps a different “heavier” shaft that my last one would give similar results!!!!
    oh – I didn’t find it to have noticeably less loft either – tested it in a Titlest 910 d3 with an 8.5 head playing at A1 setting (my driver fitting last year measured my clubhead speed at 117)
    So overall my first impressions are pretty favourable – certainly enough to keep it in my bag for extended testing

  • I have played 4 rounds with the Nunchuk paired with the R11s and love it. I was a little concerned about putting out $259. for a shaft, but glad I did. My drives are a lot straighter and a bit longer using this shaft. It does take a little getting used to because of the weight and feel, but I am considering putting this shaft in my fairway wood also. For what it’s worth, I for one am sold on this shaft. I know some people are saying it isn’t for them and they may be right. My swing speed is only around 90, but the set up I’m using works really well. I would say….bite the bullet and give this shaft a try.

  • I have this shaft and have tested/played it extensively vs. the Whiteboard 83 x-flex, Blueboard 73 x-flex, Bassara 63 x-flex, and Matrix Ozik Code 6 x-flex.

    All are quality shafts and all fit my swing (the Blueboard and Matrix slighty less so). But the Nunchuk edges out the others in my opinion due to its consistency. There are no surprises, no phantom poor errant shots. If you’re rewarded with a good drive, you’ve earned it. If it’s a clunker, blame yourself.

    I don’t feel the shaft load and unload yet impact is still solid and satisfying. Distance for me is on par with the other shafts, maybe slightly less, but harder swings are rewarded with great distance. Accuracy-wise, the Nunchuk wins.

    I swing between 110 to 115 mph on average but my buddy is about 10 mph on average less than I am and he hits my driver very, very well. So well, he’s contemplating a purchase.

    Although I fairly regularly rotate the Whiteboard and Bassara with the Nunchuk, the Nunchuk gets the majority of play. I don’t find that it lives up to the incredible hype that I’ve read elsewhere but without a doubt, in my opinon, it’s once quality shaft.

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