Fair point. Hustler do mention something about the chute being designed to help velocity, in their video demo. I cant recall if when I first noticed the clumping whether I had the chute down or not, I did use the chute for the first month or so. I guess I could put it back on to give it a try. Personally I dont think it will make any diff, but no harm in trying. Unless someone else has already ruled this out?