Aldila NV 2KXV Green Shaft Review

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The Adila NV 2KXV Green is a low launching, low spinning shaft that delivers surprisingly smooth feel.  A worthy heir to the NV name.

Introduction

Newer golfers may find this hard to believe, but there was a time when high tech, expensive aftermarket shafts weren’t a big deal.  The original Aldila NV – in all its shiny green glory – was one of the first rock star shafts that made it cool to upgrade your graphite.  Now, many year later, Aldila has created the NV’s successor, the NV 2KXV Green.

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Feel

The original NV was famous for being low launching and low spinning.  It was not famous for great feel.  The NV 2KXV Green, however, feels great.  The butt and mid sections load easily in transition and have a smooth kick through impact.

The other thing I like about the feel of the NV 2KXV Green is the balance.  The weight feels very evenly distributed throughout the shaft placing ample mass in your hands while maintaining good feel for the club head.

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Looks

I will admit to being a bit disappointed that the Aldila NV 2KV Green went away from the original green-all-over look, but the new look is still pretty sharp.  The graphics borrow heavily from the Rogue with lots of 1s and 0s across the upper section.  With the exception of the green NV logo, the graphics are done in shades of grey, so they’re very low key.  One other thing that I only noticed when I put the shaft into play is that it actually has two different shades of black: matte black on the lower half and a gloss black on the upper.

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Performance

One of the things I liked best about testing the Aldila NV 2KXV was that there was no adjustment period when I put it into my PING G driver.  The balance and feel were good, nothing extreme that required figuring out.  When it came to the ball flight, it was the same thing: I got exactly what I expected (and deserved) from the first swing.

The low launch, low spin performance that you would expect from the Aldila NV are here in the new version.  The ball flight was strong and controlled with low spin and lots of roll out.  The stiff tip also helped to minimize the right-to-left ball flight that I often fight.

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Conclusion

In terms of performance, the new Aldila NV 2KXV Green delivers exactly what you would expect: a controlled, piercing ball flight.  What might surprise you, in a very good way, is the exceptionally smooth feel.  This is one of the rare shafts that actually does deliver the best of both worlds.  Check out your local Aldila fitter to give it a try.

Matt Saternus

11 Comments

  1. Matt, How did the NV 2NVXV Green compare to the Tour Green? – I know that that was 3 years ago. Also you reviewed the Tour Green in 65g and the NV 2NVXV Green in 75g. Did you notice the weight difference?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      As you say, the Tour Green review was 3 years ago, so I’m hesitant to make any definitive comparisons. My recollection is that they’re both in the same ball park – players who like one will like the other.

      -Matt

  2. What swing speed do u need for this shaft to get mad performance? Thx

    • Matt Saternus

      Bruce,

      It’s just a matter of matching your speed, tempo, etc to the right flex and weight. That just requires working with a knowledgeable fitter.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. How is this with the Cobra F8+ 3-4 fairway wood

  4. Wayne Martin

    Hi all
    I have just fitted a NV 2KXV into my Titliest TS3 Driver 75G, also a 75G into my 917 Titliest 3 Wood and a 85G into my Hybrid and they are great !!
    Few years ago I had the earlier NV 75G in my Cleveland driver and I thought that was good the newer 2KXV shafts are something else.
    This Shaft is a Great product Aldila !!

  5. Hey Matt,
    How would you say Aldila and Fujikura compare in terms of stiffness? Does S=S typically?

    • Matt Saternus

      Nick,

      It depends a lot on the model. To me, Aldila shafts usually feel stiffer, less active, but there are exceptions.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Ive read that the Aldila nv 2kxv green is similar to the Fuji speeder evo I 661 and 665. Which are really easy to load shafts with stiff tips and low torque. But they are called medium launching by fujikura. They are also firm in the handle and medium middle and medium tip (as rates on Fuji’s site)

    I swing my driver about 98-102 on average. I am not a high hitter of the ball but I get about perfect height with the speeder and I’ve gotten low flight with a red board diamana. I want something slightly stiffer than the 661 with less spin. Think I should try this.

    I’m debating between getting the 65g or 75g for my driver in stiff green model.

    The high torque on the Aldila scares me. The speeder seems like I can release it hard as I want and I never get wild directional problems. But I also don’t get big distance variability between an easy swing and stepping on it hard to get a little extra

    • Matt Saternus

      Clayton,

      Personally, I don’t think the NV is a good comp for the Speeder. If there’s something in your driver you’re unhappy with, I would strongly recommend working with a fitter to find a combination that will get you the performance you’re looking for.

      -Matt

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