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KBS C-Taper Shaft Review
First let me say a couple things..first it took me a bit longer to get a Fair bit of play on FIRM ground…as its been far to soggy in the PNW lately…but I traveled over to the eastern part of the state where the ground is firm to duplicate more realistic playing conditions than the mush around Portland/Seattle!
Let me preface what I have been playing prior to the C-TAPERS, I play to single digit handicap, iron play for the most part has been one of the stronger parts of my game. When playing well I like to take a small divot…I have been playing PX 6.5′s for a while now and PX 6.0 prior to that for the past several years…with a couple runs of DG x100′s just to keep things interesting. I have also spent a great deal of time and money trying pretty much every brand and style of iron shafts that come around…but alway have come back to my steady eddies PX’s due to the reduced spin, flight and consistence distances. In fact my good buddies Swanry30, desallie and I did a Trackman shoot out between PX and DG recently and pretty much confirmed what I had seen in the real world for quite some time…DG just spin too much for me and where the PX don’t and hence I’m about 1 club longer with them (individual results will vary) but those are mine.
Second, the C-TAPERS are like No other shaft I’ve ever tested…and in all honesty it took me a while to get accustomed to the differences-in fact the first 5-6 times I initially hit the c-tapers I was quite perplexed as to what I was experiencing due the sound and feel even thou the results were always there and I wasn’t confidant in what I was going to write about and tell of my experience until first I got out of the SOGGY pit of the NW and hit some firm ground.
I don’t have any Trackman numbers yet (hopefully soon) so most of what I’m relating is by good ole ballflight and distance.. I hit my Satin PX 6.5 side by side the C-Tapers as the comparison.
Feel: The C-Tapers are very quiet in the feel department…meaning they are soo smooth that I really wasn’t sure I was loading the shaft this was quite a contast to the PX which has quite a ‘pop’ to them and the DG’s which you really feel the action of the shaft all the way thru the shaft. While the C-tapers are, what I would call as ‘Refined’ as it gets…the load seems to be transfers through out the shaft almost without notice…which initially I found this alarming but soon understood what was happening as the results were there.
Sound: Again I’ll use the word ‘Quiet’, as in contrast to my PX the sound of impact is very muted, soft, yet firm but certainly many decibels lower. Again I found this puzzling combine with the feel- once I became accustomed to it very pleasing.
Ballflight: This is where rubber meets the road, I would agree with KBS statement about 5% lower than the competition. I found specifically the mid and long irons (6i-3i) to flight lower than the PX’s. And the short irons a bit closer to the PX flight.
Workability: The C-Tapers are definitely more workable(or rather feel more) than PX, but DG still is the king on the feel dept. when it comes to working the ball but not necessary the results. I found the actual workable part of the C-tapers could come close to hanging with DG’s even thou they didn’t necessary feel like they were..make sense? But I would say they are a great bridge between PX and DG in this category.
I had a shot on a par 4(hit my 3w off the tee left on a dogleg right into the trees)…was sitting about 165yards out uphill to the green surrounded by Pine trees…but had a small window to needle thru 3 trees in front of me but had to keep the shot low …So I have to hit a low hook just to get to the fairway(which was all I was trying to do)..So I set with a 5i and the shot came out perfect and actually went about 2 ft past the green…(for those of you keeping score).I missed the putt for par!
Distance: The I would also say KBS statement is likely true again with the 5% gain in distance, this was more evident in the mid and long irons to me..I will also throw this into the distance segment…I choose the S+ set of C-tapers, imo they feel very close to flex of my PX 6.5′s Satins, however I think the X flex’s would be a better comparison in straight terms of the px.6.5 for distance, as the added spin which allows the the shafts to Be Workable also spins just a bit more and coupled with a 1/2 flex under what I should be playing makes them play just a tad shorter than what I have be accustomed to…I look forward to picking up a set of X flex’s in the very near future as KBS C-tapers have all the things I have been looking for in irons shafts.
Final thoughts: I really believe KBS has a winner with the C-Tapers, this is by far the best KBS shaft I have tried- they look awesome, the abilities to feel and work the ball is great, the ball flight is consistent and distance is good but I have since determined that the S+ are slightly too soft for my iron game, but loo forward to giving them a go again when I get the correct flex. And after all of that I really think KBS has great product here, perhaps even the best of them all-
Inspired from tour player feedback, the KBS C-TAPER shaft is specially designed to produce a lower flight and spin rate while delivering the signature benefits of a piercing trajectory and smooth feel. By stiffening the shaft profile in the lower taper rate and early tip section, the C-TAPER is engineered to maximize shot performance for players that currently have too high a trajectory.
Incorporating signature AST technology, the C-TAPER shaft produces a smooth feel through contact while maximizing energy transfer for distance gains and better control of the ball.