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SHOCKING RESULTS! – Nunchuk Shaft Review

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Nunchuk Shaft Review - SHOCKING RESULTS!

(Written By: GolfSpy Matt) Ever heard of the Nunchuk shaft?  Well we've been hearing more and more about it over the past few months...so we thought it would be a perfect product to review.  First of all this thing just sounds like a product MyGolfSpy had to review.  Come on...it's called the Nunchuk! And with all the claims we had heard about this thing since the PGA Show and its early wins on the tour (which I will be honest we didn't believe at first).  I was dying to see if this thing could actually do what it claimed.  Nothing better then finding a product like this that actually helps other golfers.

A couple things I really enjoy about writing reviews is: 1) Discovering and sharing amazing new products that actually live up to the claims they make...and 2) Bursting the bubble of companies if their product does not live up to the hype.  So, when I heard about the Nunchuk shaft by nVentix and their infomercial like claims that their shaft will make your shots fly straighter and longer, I thought this would make for a great review: either I was going to find the cure to your driving woes or I was going to get to shine a light on some phony claims made by yet another bogus golf product.  But...which would it be?  I think you might be shocked by the results!

So...How Does It Work?

So, assuming that this shaft does exactly what it says, how does it actually work?  Essentially, the tip and butt sections of the Nunchuk are very stiff and all the flex is in the middle of the shaft.  nVentix claims that this solves the problem of twisting and drooping which causes the club face to be open or closed at impact.  If you go to their website by clicking on the links in this article, you can see their high speed videos which illustrate these ideas.

How It Feels

The first thing you’ll notice about the Nunchuk: it’s heavy.  The shaft weighs 104g.  It is counter weighted, which causes a 4 swingweight jump in my test club when compared to the 60 gram stock shaft.

Also of interest, the Nunchuk only comes in one flex.  nVentix claims that because of the unique construction and technology in this shaft, this same flex is appropriate for all players.

nVentix states that the Nunchuk is a low spin shaft that will produce “True Loft” launch because of the lack of twisting and drooping.  The torque rating is 3.5.
My impressions are that the Nunchuk is heavy, it feels very substantial in your hands, but it’s not totally unwieldy.  The feel during the swing is very stable without being boardy.  nVentix describes the feel as “one piece” which is as good a term as any, in my opinion.

But...Does The Nunchuck Actually Work?

Ok, ok, so on to the meat and potatoes of this review.  I’m going to start with a whole mess of numbers, then explain the numbers, and, finally, I’ll discuss my “real world” results.  But trust me you will DEFINITELY want to read the rest of this review! There are some shocking results.  For the driver test, I put the Nunchuk up against three other premium shafts on a Vector launch monitor.  I hit 10 “good” shots with each, changing frequently so that fatigue was not an issue, not did I get grooved with one shaft to the detriment of fairness.  Results of poor shots were discarded.

DRIVER DATA

*If there is one number, it is the average.  The distance category shows the shortest, average, and longest shots.  The dispersion category shows the ball furthest left, the average, and then the furthest ball right

  • Nunchuck: Ball speed: 152   Distance: 234-254-279   Launch Angle: 9.4   Backspin: 2380   Side spin: 159 draw    Dispersion: 10L – 1L – 8R
  • Shaft A: Ball speed: 151   Distance: 243-258-273   Launch Angle: 10.9   Backspin: 3300   Side spin: 912   Dispersion: 26R-39R-46R
  • Shaft B: Ball speed: 154   Distance: 232-259-273   Launch Angle: 10.1   Backspin: 2652   Side spin: 13   Dispersion: 17L – 1L – 33R
  • Shaft C: Ball speed: 150   Distance 238-250-267   Launch Angle: 10.4   Backspin: 3508   Side spin: 852   Dispersion: 15R - 37R – 52R

ANALYSIS

With the other shafts, the first ten swings were right, right, and more right: big pushes that curved off the planet.  Then I popped the Nunchuk in and hit two or three balls right down the center.  I thought perhaps my swing was just starting to sync up, but when I switched to another shaft, the rights reappeared.  If I hadn’t set up the machine myself, I would have thought someone was playing a joke on me: the Nunchuk truly was much straighter!

Besides the straightness, you can see that the Nunchuk was definitely in the conversation as far as ball speed (#2) and was the lowest launching and lowest spinning shaft.  I also hit my longest shot with the Nunchuk.

3-WOOD DATA

*Same process and data presentation as driver.  The Nunchuk was only tested against one other shaft due to lack of availability of comparable quality shafts.

  • Nunchuk: Ball speed: 145   Distance: 235-244-255   Launch Angle: 11.9   Backspin: 3416   Side spin: 300   Dispersion: 21L – 18R – 38R
  • Shaft D: Ball Speed: 144   Distance: 224-246-259   Launch Angle: 13.2   Backspin: 3672   Side spin: 600   Dispersion: 15L – 33R – 51R

ANALYSIS

The Nunchuk showed again that it is a low launching, low spinning shaft the produces minimal side spin.  The average distance that the Nunchuk produced was a bit shorter than the other test shaft, but the consistency was much better.  Similarly, the Nunchuk seemed to keep my bad swings in check a bit more than the other test shaft did with regard to dispersion.

REAL WORLD RESULTS

On the launch monitor, the results are pretty clear: the Nunchuk lives up to the hype! But does it carry over into the real world?  The real world results are based on my work on the driving range.  I pared the testing down to the Nunchuk, one driver shaft, and one 3W shaft and hit dozens of range balls on multiple different occasions, again, switching frequently from shaft to shaft.

With the driver, my results were consistent with what I saw on the launch monitor, though the difference between the Nunchuk and the other test shafts was not as stark.  The Nunchuk seems to make bad swings into playable ones and the in-between swings into better then average golf shots. The biggest difference was the reduction in side spin or curvature on the golf ball.  A push was still a push, but they didn’t seem to turn into push-slices that fell off the planet.

In the 3W, the Nunchuk actually outdid its launch monitor performance! For me, I hit the ball much more consistently with regard to distance, accuracy, and trajectory with the Nunchuk. Similar to what I saw with the driver, the Nunchuk kept the ball from curving too much.  The ball did occasionally start right, but rarely sliced right.  The only curvature I tended to see was a small 5-10 yard draw.  The trajectory was fairly low, but the overall distance was equal to or longer than the other test shaft.

VALUE

Always the toughest section for me.  The Nunchuk sells for $259.95 through the nVentix website.  It can be used as a driver, fairway, or hybrid shaft.  Obviously, this puts the Nunchuk in the upper tier of golf shafts, price wise. I can say that this shaft does deliver what is advertised: straighter shots on a low trajectory. If you’re looking for those things and not averse to spending a good chunk of money on a shaft, then you should definitely check out the Nunchuk.

CONCLUSION

Perhaps the best endorsement that I can give the Nunchuk is that it's now currently in my 3W, and this is the first time in over a year I’ve even carried a 3W.  The improvement in consistency has been tremendous.

Beyond that, the numbers speak for themselves: the Nunchuk does produce straighter golf shots.  Will it turn bad swings into good ones?  Absolutely not.  Will it help to keep those slightly below average tee shots in play? Yes, it absolutley will!

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Brian T June 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Did you put extra weight in the head to get a similar swingweight to a normal driver because the nunchuk is counterweighted and shorter than normal, both of which reduce swingweight. I know you got good results but some people that can’t hit it don’t realise this. Also for slower swing speeds they recommend using more loft to get the launch and spin up, that might be a good point to make in the review.

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Chris June 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Will this shaft perform well with an aggressive hard swinger? I had a Proforce V2 in x-flex 86 grams. I do not have a problem with distance but I do have a problem with ball location. I like the theory behind this club but not sure it is worth the price jump since I hit the V2 pretty well. Any feedback would be great. Thanks

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Matt Waldron May 22, 2012 at 3:06 am

I’m wondering if paired with a higher lofted club head that the Nunchuk would preform well for moderate swing speeds. I just struggle to figure out which clubhead to pair it with. I play the PowerBilt N7 Airfoil 2 in 10.5 degrees, and although I like the forgiveness that the club head offers, it does tend to launch on the low side. Contrast that with my Cleveland CG Black Driver in 9 degrees, a low lofted club but hits much higher than the PB…lower CG and a difference between the fujikura and C kua shafts perhaps. Stationed in Germany it’s tough to find a good fitter. I have a Nunchuk shaft ready to install, but I don’t want to spend a small fortune trying out heads…..decisions, decisions.

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stuart April 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Nice review- saw it advertised today on global golf post to took a look and read some more – have to say that my personal view has been that shafts are getting too light for most folks to control so like many things, can see the pendulum swing back to reasonable weight shafts and this concept seems to have some mileage…

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phizzy March 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I have tested it on the range and out on the course. Unfortunately, my buddy’s trackman was in the shop for repairs that week so I don’t have numbers but here are my findings. It’s heavy and I don’t think that women or men with swing speeds of under 90 with driver can benefit from the Nunchuk. That’s just my opinion though. My swing speed is 120-122mph and I can say that dispersion wise, it’s one of the better shafts I have tested and I have tested many shafts throughout the years. My miss is a hook and my drives didn’t hook as hard out of bounds with it. I would call them hard draws, haha. It’s definately a low launch, low spin shaft. Seems to have a high kick point. Feel wasn’t super smooth but it wasn’t boardy either. Somewhere in between. I did lose 10-15 yards off the tee compared to the DI-7x I am currently using which was the biggest drawback about the Nunchuk. I would highly recommend this shaft to golfers with swings in excess of 100 mph to really benefit from it. Overall a solid offering for stronger golfers IMO.

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Joem August 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Nice review. Have you looked at doing a review of the Harrison shot maker? It is an insert that goes into your current shaft that is supposed to do the same thing as the Nunchuk shaft.

Thanks

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mygolfspy August 2, 2011 at 5:47 am

Shotmaker review is on the way Joem 😉

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Don July 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

I’m 60 and have a 5 iron ss of 83. I put a chuk in my Mizuno MP 630 FT 10.5* and fell in love. Gained distance and accuracy. Tremendous roll out. Now have a 2nd in my R9 3w 13* and love it. This shaft has kicked the fubuki I had in both of these heads out of bed, across the room and out the window. Definitely fits the slower swing and old man group very well.

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Jonathan July 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I learned via Cally uniflex shafts that my fast transition and uniflex do not agree. MGS, what kind of tempo do you have? From my understanding these types of shafts can really benifit a smooth swinger, but not necessarily a quick transitioner like myself. Input?

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MICHAEL July 9, 2011 at 6:22 am

The one flex and 3.5 torque concern me.We all remember the uni flew shaft Callaway used,definetly NOT for everyone…I like the weight of the shaft,but I’m used to a 2.3-2.5 torque shaft. I’ll give it a try though if I find it!!!

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Sam July 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

I’ve always been a great driver of the ball and I put one of these in an R11 head before the Golfweek father and Son Tournament. I hit that thing all over the course..left, right, slice…it worked OK on the range but under pressure with a bit faster swing it performed really terribly:

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Golfspy Matt July 8, 2011 at 7:07 am

Wow. Lots of interest here, which is awesome. I will do my best to answer all the questions I can. Some of you will find the answers to your questions in the review or in earlier comments.

@Golfteacher74: I think that’s a fair point – the low trajectory would probably not be optimal for slower swingers. I just can’t back up that assumption with any data at this moment.

@Anthony: 44.5″

@Jhonny: All shafts were stiff flex.

@andre thaon: Very interesting point. I’m not aware of too many other shafts in this weight class, let alone ones that are counter-balanced. It would be interesting to see how much of the “straightness” is a result of the weight/balance and how much is the Nunchuk itself.

@Brian Cass: It is definitely a lot of shaft to move through the golf ball, and I did feel myself working harder with it in my driver compared to the 60g or 70g offerings. That said, my clubhead and ballspeed didn’t really suffer as a result.

@Nate: Great question. That’s another thing I’d like to test. The “problem” with this job is that there are just too many interesting questions and not enough time to answer them all!

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Jim July 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I hit the shaft at the PGA show in Orlando. (along side Long Drive champion Mike Dobbyn).

On the other side of me was a senior as well as a young lady. All hitting the same weight, same flex golf shaft. Matt is absolutely accurate on his findings. Straighter ball for all players of all levels. You have to side swipe the ball to put side spin on it. Mis-hits still in play for the most part.

Truly an unbelievable product. I have not tried one in a 3 wood but I assume it would play the same.

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Ray July 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

OK seems pretty good for you but…..will the one flex shaft work for an old guy like me who plays A flex shafts and only hits his driver 190 yds (carry)?

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Nate July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Just wondering if similar results could be accomplished by simply using a low torque steel wood shaft. It looks like they have really addressed the graphite torque issues, but a steel shaft could possibly accomplish similar torque results, would be about the same weight, and cost about $20. …just a thought.,,, I may have to do a little research with that myself just to see! Thanks for the info!

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clam fist July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

Great review. I hope to try one of these soon
.hope I get the same results

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Brian Cass July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

Rumor has it that they are coming out with another model called the “Chinese Star.”

It’s a 34 gram shaft that your grandmother can swing at 40 MPH or that Jamie Sadlowski can swing at 144 MPH. It can be used in your hybrid, driver, fairway wood or lob wedge. Grandma and Jamie were ON the center line with all 3 swings.

Sorry….couldn’t help myself…I’m sure this is a quality offering but there is no way you can tell me a 104 gram shaft can be a good weight for a 15-20 handicap, not buying that in a million years. They may hit it straighter but a hacker/borderline hack will lose yardage with this or am I nuts?

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Chris June 23, 2013 at 6:56 am

Brian, yes you are nuts. Tested this itch my 80 year old father and he hit it right down the pipe, straight and far. Popped it in my driver be did the same. It is not the longest but it is straight and only sacrifices a few yards.

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gulpeg July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

i have one in my driver and 3W. big believer and have done as much research as i can on it.

a few things i’ve found really important are length and weighting.

here’s another forum you can go to if you’re interested that has a bunch of information. heads up, it’s 47 “pages” long and a lot of reading. one good thing, is gerry hogan the nunchuk inventor is on/in this forum and answers just about every question personally. i’ve even had some offline PM’s with him about my specific questions. check it out and good luck.

http://secretinthedirt.com/index.php/forum/133-driver-golf-shafts/10941-nunchuk-driver-shaft-unique-concept

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Foster July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

I watched the video (infomercial) but am taken back by the price…$260 is a little steep.

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mygolfspy July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

Would have to agree with you Foz in regards to the price. Only thing I would say in response to that is that is golfers have spent much more on products that didn’t work. Now I am not claiming this product will work for every golfer…but neither do most drivers people purchase.

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andre thaon July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

I think you should compare with other shafts, also counter balanced and heavier than usual. Results would be interesting.

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Garry July 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

MGS.. what kind of kick feel did you get? Say right at impact and thru the impact area. I like a feel that I would describe aas how a pole vault pole works. The shaft having a mid flex bow.. I would think ti would act like a vaulter pole. I think this is why they can go uniflex.

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kenny July 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

So how does it work for slow and fast speeds?

It seems like you are probably around 10% from average so it is pretty likely to work for you if aimed at everyone

Did you test it with very slow swings? say 70mph and how does it work for 120mph and up?

thanks

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sidvicius July 7, 2011 at 5:15 am

I watched the video, I think they shouild show where the person hands are when you see the shaft bow and the golf head forward of the shaft also the person seems to be leaning to much forward.
to me just another gimmick.

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jhonny July 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

flex and weight of the shaft A B C D ?

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Anthony July 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

What length did you cut the clubs to – this is bloody important with this shaft.

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Golfteacher75 July 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I would think that because it produces a lower trajectory that it wouldn’t be a good shaft for a slower swinger. Most golfers that I fit with a slower swing don’t produce a enough lift or spin on the ball. So a shaft the keeps loft and spin down I would think wouldn’t work to well for someone with a slower swing speed say under 80mph on a driver. But I have never hit one or tested one I can’t say for sure, I would love to try one:)

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davepenny July 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thats interesting,curious to hear the answer to Joes question.If it works for slower swing speeds it sounds like the shaft for me.

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Golfspy Matt July 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm

@ninetails: I tested the Nunchuck with an R9 driver and 3W. All of the shafts used in testing had FCT tips and were tested in the exact same heads.

@Joe: The one thing I wish I could have done was test the shaft with other players who have different swing speeds, particularly slower swingers. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to make that happen for a number of reasons. If anyone can speak to that point, please post a comment of post in the forum.

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Joe July 6, 2011 at 11:21 am

Since the shaft is heavy, does it still perform for men who has slow swing speed? Although it’s “one” flex, it’s assuming that one has to swing above certain speed to make it work.

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CH July 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

I have to think that the higher torque makes the 308 CPM feel a bit softer, but that is a lot of shaft for someone putting out 150ish ballspeed… Shaft B looks to be a very solid fit, dispersion not withstanding.

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ninetails July 6, 2011 at 10:16 am

Was only one head being used each for driver and 3 wood? If it was mentioned I missed it.

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P-Gunna July 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

Awesome, one flex for all huh? Looks like I gotta try one of these babies ASAP.

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