Nunchuk shaft designed for stability for all golfers
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Perhaps we wouldn’t be having this conversation if two golfers, Jhonattan Vegas and Brandt Snedeker, hadn’t won PGA Tour events while using this unusual shaft.
Both won with the Nunchuk shaft. When he captured the 2011 Bob Hope Classic, Vegas had the shaft in three Nike VR Pro clubs – driver (8.5 degree), 3-wood (15 degree) and hybrid (19 degree). Earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open, Snedeker used a Nunchuk shaft in his Adams Idea a12 Proto hybrid (20 degree).
The Nunchuk message is revolutionary: Inventor Gerry Hogan, an Australian inventor, is telling the world that golfers of all abilities and all swing speeds should be using the same shaft.
Not according to Hogan or officials of nVentix, a privately owned company in Dallas, that is making and selling the shaft.
Hogan designed the shaft “to help the everyday golfer,” said nVentix CEO Mike McCall. “He started with the concept that the most important thing in golf is to hit the sweet spot.”
Stability is the Nunchuk calling card.
“We have eliminated any need to have flex or kick in the golf shaft,” said Bryan Nicholson, the company's chairman of the golf advisory board. “We minimize the amount of torque in the shaft, which virtually eliminates all (clubhead) droop. The clubhead is stabilized, giving the player the optimal opportunity to find the center of the clubface.”
Nunchuk is designed for drivers and fairway woods. At the PGA Merchandise Show in January, a new hybrid shaft was introduced. The company also is developing an iron shaft.
The shaft is relatively heavy – a 46-inch (uncut) blank weighs 104 gramsq – although it doesn’t feel that way. The reason? The Nunchuk is counterweighted, with a balance point 22 inches from the butt end of the shaft.
Nunchuk is stiffer in the two ends and softer in the middle. This is where the name Nunchuk comes from – a version of nunchaku, a traditional martial arts weapon with three sections.
“Sometimes there is a misperception that the shaft will slow down a golfer during the swing,” Nicholson said. “It doesn’t happen that way. In fact, we find golfers getting equal or greater speed when they use our shaft.”
Video of the Nunchuk at impact shows a stable shaft and clubhead.
Art Sellinger, two-time World Long Drive champion and owner of Sellinger’s Power Golf, with two retail locations in the greater Dallas area, said: “I think many shafts are far too soft and light, causing golfers to be inaccurate. I’m a firm believer in providing stability in the shaft.”
Forget swing speed, McCall emphasized.
“The shaft is designed to return to that (impact) position without regard for swing speed,” he said.
The Nunchuk shaft is manufactured by UST Mamiya, a highly regarded shaft company.
For installation, the shafts are cut to length on the grip end. There is no cutting or tipping at the clubhead end of the shaft.
The Nunchuk shaft is available from Nike Golf’s custom-order department. Other club companies are evaluating the shaft. A network of Nunchuk custom clubmakers can be found on the nVentix website (www.nventix.com). The shaft sells for $275.