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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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Zach Cabra WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Houston Open (3/27/2018).

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Max 75X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White d+ 80X

Irons: Mizuno MP-Fli-Hi (2, 3), Piretti Limited Edition (4-PW)
Shaft: Aerotech SteelFiber hls880 (2), Aerotech SteelFiber i80 (3-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10S, 54-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM (60-10)
Shaft: KBS Tour 125 S+

Putter: Piretti 801 CU
Grip: Piretti Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Cabra with 15 clubs in the bag ahead of the 2018 Houston Open. We’ll update this post when we confirm the 14 clubs we used in competition.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cabra’s clubs.

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TaylorMade is releasing its TP Black Copper putters to retail

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We first spotted TaylorMade’s new TP Black Copper putters at the 2018 PGA Show, but the company wasn’t saying anything about specs, release date, pricing, technologies, nothing.

Then, we all saw Rory McIlroy switch to a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto putter ahead of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by 3 strokes. Of course, Rory’s specific Soto putter was made with a special insert. Click here for all of the info and specs on Rory’s putter.

Now, TaylorMade is releasing retail versions to the public in four models — Juno, Soto, Ardmore 3 and Mullen 2 — which will hit stores on 4/20 selling for $199 with a standard Black Lamkin Crossbone Pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke Pistol 1.0 GT grip.

The putters have a triple-plated finish; nickel, then copper, then black chrome, according to TaylorMade’s Bill Price (Senior Director of Product Creation for Wedges and Putters). They’re then hand-polished to achieve the antique and non-glare finish. Overtime, and especially on the sole, Price says the copper will tarnish or oxidize to unveil a gradually more antique and rustic look. Rory McIlroy himself actually had a hand in inspiring the new finish.

“Rory was talking about certain finishes,” Price said. “He wanted something non-glare, with an antique type finish…. he wanted to be reminded of something old school.” 

Thus, the TP Black Copper finish was born.

Also, the putters are machined from 303 stainless steel, they have adjustable sole weights and have the company’s familiar Pure Roll inserts in their faces. Check out more info about each of TaylorMade’s TP Black Copper models below.

Juno

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 36 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Soto

  • Hosel: Long Curve
  • Dexterity: RH
  • Toe Hang: 47 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Ardmore 3

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 12 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Mullen 3

  • Hosel: Double Bend
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: Face Balanced
  • Offset: 3/4 shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 355 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees
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Spotted: Fourteen Golf CF218 fairway woods, and FH Forged V1 wedges

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We spotted new shallow-faced CF218 fairway woods (15 and 17 degrees) from Fourteen Golf on the range at TPC San Antonio on Tuesday at the 2018 Valero Texas Open, each equipped with Graphite Design TS918 shafts. Also on the range from the company were new FH “Future Heritage” Forged V1 wedges with a different, more raw look than the ones we saw in October at the Shriners Open.

Check out more photos below, and see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the clubs in our forums.

Fourteen Golf CF218 fairway woods

Fourteen Golf’s new FH Forged V1 wedges

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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