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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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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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SPOTTED: Srixon Z-785 driver, Z-U85 utility irons

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We recently spotted new Srixon Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons, which are likely future replacements for Srixon’s Z-765 driver and Z-U65 utility irons. Srixon is staying hush on the tech details at the moment but did allow us to take photos of the new equipment.

Released in 2016, the Z-765 driver was a smaller-profile, lower-launching counterpart offering to the Z-565 driver, so it could be possible that there is also a Z-585 driver, counter to the Z-785 driver that we spotted. Also, it appears the Z-U85 utility irons come in at least 5 different lofts: 2-6 irons.

See more photos below, and check out discussion on the Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons.

Srixon Z-785

See more photos and discussion about the driver

Srixon Z-U85

 

See more photos and discussion about the irons

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Brooks Koepka’s Winning Outfit: 2018 U.S. Open

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Brooks Koepka played like he dressed on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills for the final round of the U.S. Open; his outfit was athletic, well put together, boring with a bit of flash (those shoes!!), and most importantly, it got the job done.

See the golf clubs and shafts Brooks used to win.

A great representative of the new age of golf, Koepka has the frame of a baseball player, and he’s not afraid to accentuate it with tight-fitting polos and an athletic look. For Sunday, he chose a white-on-gray-on-gray look that was understated, but clean — just like his scorecard. He really made the Nike Golf Tour Premiere PE shoes, with hits of electric orange, the star. Check out the details on his full outfit below.

Brooks Koepka’s Winning Outfit

  • Hat: Nike AeroBill Classic99
  • Shirt: Nike Zonal Cooling polo
  • Belt: Nike Stretch Woven
  • Pants: Nike Flex
  • Shoes: Nike Golf Tour Premiere PE
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