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KBS Revamps Online Shaft Fitting Process

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Drivers get all the attention when it comes to custom fitting. Pairing the right driver head with the right shaft can bring a golfer as much as 10, 20, even 30 more yards off the tee.

But despite what many golfers believe, longer drives aren’t the key to lower scores. Tour players love to hit their drives long and straight, but they’ll trade an iron shot that finishes close to the pin for a long drive every time. For that reason, it is just as important for golfers to have a properly fit set of irons as it is for them to have a properly fit driver.

Think of it this way — if a golfer chooses the wrong driver shaft, he or she has messed up one club. If a golfer chooses the wrong iron shaft, however, he or she has messed up as many as eight clubs.

That’s why KBS spent the last 12 months compiling feedback from 75,000 golfers for its revamped online fitting software on the company’s website. Developed with proprietary software from the company’s R&D department, the KBS Fit System offers one of the most comprehensive online shaft fitting systems for golfers.

The new design and updated software asks golfers to answer seven questions and at the end provides them with recommendations for a hybrid shaft, iron shaft and wedge shaft. The results page also includes information about local KBS dealers that can further dial in the fitting and order the shafts for the customer (a golfer’s name, email address and zip code is required to go through the process).

You can see my online shaft fitting results above.

Click here for more discussion in the Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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  1. Joe Golfer

    Oct 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I couldn’t find KBS trim codes on their revamped website, but found them by googling KBS and trim charts. KBS makes excellent shafts, but folks who build their own clubs should be aware that component catalogs sometimes list just one set of trim options for these shafts, though KBS itself has several. The parallel tip “Tour” shaft can range from 4.0 to 5.5, depending on how much one trims. Likewise, the S flex can range from 5.0 to 6.5. Each extra inch of tip trim equals half a flex (.5). Thus, there is overlap. If one follows some component catalog charts, they will only get the softest flex in that range.
    If one is pretty familiar with one’s swing needs, one can dial in the specific cpm that they want, as I think each 3/16″ of extra tip trim equals .1 increase in flex.
    If one orders the S flex and simply follows the trim codes from some component suppliers, they will wind up with a 5.0 shaft, even if they might have expected a 5.5 or 6.0 or higher. Just giving folks a heads up that those ranges exist, and you can get exactly the flex you want if you read the trim charts from KBS itself rather than some of the component companies.
    If your online fitting says you play an S flex Tour shaft, you still need to know that the S flex ranges from 5.0 to 6.5, a full flex and a half range difference depending on tip trimming.
    Also, the 90 gram weight plays considerably softer than the Tour wgt, to the extent that if you play an R+ in the Tour model, you likely will be told by the new fitting model that you’d be an S+ in the 90 gram model.

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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Greatest Adams hybrids of all time

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It’s almost impossible that, over the past decade, you or someone you played golf with didn’t own an Adams hybrid. The fact that they can still be found in the bags of players on the PGA Tour demonstrates the kind of cult-like dedication some players have to those clubs.

They were in everyone’s bags—from low handicaps to golfers just trying to break 100. Simply, Adams was hybrids in the early-to-mid 2000s. In an age when many would still call them “cheater” or “old man” clubs, Adams pushed the envelope of design and ushered in a new era of small, workable-yet-forgiving, anti-left clubs.

Adams was also one of the first companies to do exclusive combo sets off the rack for better players with the initial Idea Pros and then later with the Idea Pro Golds. It’s a common practice now, but at the time it was revolutionary.

Here is a list of some of Adams’ all-time great hybrid designs.

Original Idea Pro – 2008

This is the one that started it all. After going through a number of tour issue prototypes leading up to the retail release, the Idea Pro had a lot of buzz, and it delivered. It wasn’t that other companies weren’t producing hybrids at the time, but the sheer popularity of the Adams outweighed what others had in the market thanks to it working its way to become the number one hybrid on the PGA Tour. It also came stock with an 80g Aldila VS Proto Hybrid shaft that was directly aimed at better players, and considering the aftermarket price of the shaft on its own, it made the Idea Pro a no brainer for those looking to replace harder-to-hit longer irons.

XTD – 2014

This was the final hybrid ever made by Adams and was packed with technology: all-titanium construction, crown, and sole slots for greater face deflection and ball speed—along with an adjustable hosel. TaylorMade had taken over ownership at this point and engineers at Adams took advantage by using the proprietary TaylorMade adjustable sleeve—this allowed for more shaft options for many golfers that had used TaylorMade hybrids in the past.

The entire XTD line from Adams was premium by design and from the driver to the hybrid, offered real-deal shafts and tight quality control. This is still a hard club to beat.

Idea XTD Super Hybrid Ti – 2012

You could argue the 2012 Super Hybrid XTD was the original bomber hybrid. Thanks to the multi-material titanium construction, it produced a higher-than-expected launch, along with exceptionally low spin. For faster players, this was a perfect control club off the tee and easily replaced a 5-wood (in the 19 degree). Don’t believe it? Check out this historic review from the GolfWRX Archives: GolfWRX.com – Adams Super Hybrid Review (2012)

Super 9031 – 2013

The Super 9031 was released the year after the original Idea Pro Blacks and featured an updated white paint job along with a technology upgrade that included both sole and crown slots for faster ball speeds compared to the original (hence the “Super” designation). It has a high toe, flatter lie angle, and open appearance from address—something better players love! Although I should attempt to be unbiased, I will admit that not only did I love these hybrids, but I still hold a place in one of my travel bags.

It’s not just me that has a sweet spot for the Super 9031, you can still find these in the bag of PGA Tour player Brian Gay.

Boxer A3 Idea – 2007

You might be wondering that after all of the others on the list, how the A3 earned its spot. Well, it’s quite simple. Just before the launch of the Idea Pro, the A3 and A3OS (oversized) were massive sellers at the retail level. The sets offered classicly shaped irons alongside easy-to-hit hybrid clubs into the longer clubs. Although never marketed towards better players, it did have a bit of a cult following to the point that even Vijay Singh was using one during the 2008 season in replacement of a 5-wood. They came stock with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red hybrid shafts and in both right and left-handed to outfit almost any player.

GolfWRXers, did you have any of these clubs? Check out the Cult Classic Clubs Discussion in the GolfWRX.com forums.

 

 

 

 

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SeeMore releases new RST Hosel series of plumber neck design putters

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2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

For 2020, SeeMore has introduced their new RST Hosel series of plumber neck design putters in 7 models.

Through RifleScope Technology (RST), the fluted barrel hosel aims to bring a new approach to the classic offset plumber neck in a design where player’s hands will sit slightly forward of the ball at address and impact.

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

For the first time in company history, SeeMore has combined a plumber neck hosel with their RifleScope Alignment Technology.

Designed for players to place their hands forward, the putters utilize the company’s RST alignment system which is often seen in the company’s straight shaft putters. The RST alignment system hides the red dot of the putters (to lock in your alignment) by using the lower portion of the new RST Hosel.

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

The RST alignment system is designed to provide a true reference point for golfers leading to an improved set up and stroke. Per the company, the technology ensures “that the putter face will be square to the target at set up, address and impact, with the loft of the putter also set the same every time giving a consistent roll on every putt.”

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

The base of the plumber neck in the new series enters the head on a single plane angle, at 70 degrees. The design aims to provide an entry point of connection closer to the sweet spot than a standard plumber neck – leading to improved feel and balance.

The 2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series are available to purchase now at SeeMore.com with prices ranging from $250-$400.

2020 SeeMore RST Hosel series

 

 

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