Aldila NVS Orange Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
Aldila has made some of the most popular and successful driver shafts ever.
But every golfer should know that success on the Tour doesn’t always translate to success at your local course.
You have to be keenly aware of the needs of your game in order to lower your score.
If you are a mid to high handicapper looking for better accuracy from the box, Aldila has you covered.
Today we will be reviewing the Aldila NVS Orange: an Aldila shaft that promises better feel and accessible distance for a wide array of players.
Aldila NVS Orange Shaft Overview
When we tested the Aldila NVS Orange we were amazed at how straight it flew.
The accuracy alone isn’t what was surprising; it was the fact that the Aldila NVS Orange was accurate while feeling very active at the same time.
As advertised, the Aldila NVS Orange doesn’t feel like it has any dead zones. There is plenty of activity which helps out a lot with club head speed and smash factor.
The Aldila NVS Orange comes in three weight classes with the heaviest shaft clocking in at 68 grams.
That should tell you that this shaft was made for those of us who don’t swing the driver like Bryson DeChambeau.
We tested this shaft with our drivers and 3-woods and it performed similarly for both.
Aldila hypes the enhanced feel that this shaft affords the player quite a bit. But this is our only point of contention regarding the marketing.
As far as feel goes, a bit of it is actually lost due to how active this shaft is. It doesn’t feel bad; but you do lose track of the driver head a bit on release.
Why is the Aldila NVS Orange So Popular?
The Aldila NVS Orange is a popular choice among fitters because it pairs very well with game improvement woods.
Throughout our entire driver test session, the Aldila NVS Orange never produced egregiously off-line shots. The most we got was 25 yards left or right – and that’s on 110% swings.
How Does the Aldila NVS Orange Perform?
The big story regarding this shaft is accuracy.
Even on mis-hits, we weren’t getting outrageous hooks or slices. Most of our testers experienced increases in club head speed and smash factor.
As you can imagine, this also resulted in better ball speeds. Since our balls were staying on-line, we gained some distance simply through accuracy as well.
The Aldila NVS Orange has a low kick point. While it’s not the smoothest graphite shaft we have ever tested, at no point did it feel jolt-y or jarring.
It really activates when unloading and you can just feel the power transferring to the club head.
This shaft also launches high and stays in the air. The spin rates were a bit inconsistent.
For the most part, they were in the medium range; but we saw them dip low and spike high on some shots.
2-way misses were virtually non-existent so again, this shaft is one that will definitely help you stay on the fairway.
The Aldila NVS Orange feels light in the hands and allows you to swing within yourself or swing harder than normal.
It keeps up with you either way. While we didn’t test Aldila NVS Orange 45 weight class, we can imagine that it would feel a bit noodly.
Most of our testers preferred the Aldila NVS Orange 65.
Aldila NVS Orange Shaft Specs
|Specs||Aldila NVS Orange|
|Available flexes||Amateur, regular, stiff|
|Weight||47g – 68g|
|Butt||0.620, 0.615, 0.625|
What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
Amateur flex should be reserved for straight up beginners.
Regular flex will work for moderate swing speeds and the stiff flex version would be good for players swinging their driver above 80 MPH.
What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
The Aldila NVS Orange is available in three weight classes.
The Aldila NVS Orange 45 would be good for swing speeds under 75 MPH.
The Aldila NVS Orange 55 is better for players swinging between 75 and 80 MPH and the Aldila NVS Orange 65 is for 80+ MPH swingers.
Why is it so Good?
Even on mis-hits, the Aldila NVS Orange stays straight.
It’s a great choice for any player who needs help staying out of the trees.
Aldila NVS Orange First Impressions
We aren’t huge fans of the orange color scheme and we were a bit disappointed in the feel that had been hyped up.
However, we were very impressed with the way this shaft handles all kinds of swings. Full swings feel fluid and over-the-top swings stay on-line.
Key Features & Performance
Aldila used ultra-thin carbon fiber layers to increase the stability of this shaft.
This material also imparts a good amount of flex to this shaft so you get some help with club head speed and smash factor.
Aldila NVS Orange Driver Review
Moderate spin and high flight.
The Aldila NVS Orange will help you keep your balls airborne and pick up carry distance.
Aldila NVS Orange Fairway Wood Review
The Aldila NVS Orange pairs well with game improvement fairway woods and won’t add too much weight.
Aldila NVS Orange Pros & Cons
- Straight flight
- Good flex
- Good for beginners
- Good carry distance
- Orange color scheme
- The feel isn’t as pleasing as we hoped
Overall Score: 94/100
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Who Should Buy it?
The Aldila NVS Orange is a good choice for beginners and high handicappers.
It will most likely yield near-instant increases in carry distance and it stays straight even on mis-hits. This would also be a good shaft for older players who aren’t swinging their woods as fast as they used to.
In any case, we recommend that you try the Aldila NVS Orange uncut before you trim it. Some of our testers actually got better distance before they cut the shaft down to size.