KBS $-Taper Golf Shaft Review

KBS $-Taper Golf Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

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Before the KBS $-Taper became available to the public, it had two tour wins. Cameron Smith at the Zurich Classic and Si Woo Kim at the Players. The release to club builders was delayed as KBS tried to new label application process. Eventually, they gave up and cut it loose with the current label process.

This shaft used a different step design from prior KBS shafts. The steps are longer, almost to the point of being hard to see. The discussion of the $-Taper starts at the 8:45 mark in this video shot at the 2017 PGA Merchandise show. Kim describes his objective for this shaft, a variation of the KBS tour that reduces spin. As soon as I finish writing this review I will put tips on the review samples to test the shaft. 

As I measured the $-Taper I had an expectation of what I expected to see, that was not the case.

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Enjoy and Good Golf,

Do not assume you will react to this profile exactly as I did. We are all different and react to shafts and heads uniquely. I must play the 110 gram R flex because I cannot effectively swing a heavier shaft. However, 10 yards is something I need at my age and getting it without adding to roll out is something I will gladly put in my bag. Find a fitter that has added he KBS $-Taper to his fitting cart and test them yourself.

  • ATLMetsfan

    Wonder if you could elaborate on “ever so slightly less crisp.” I always enjoy people describing their feels for shafts. Understandably your idea of crisp might be different than mine but I’m curious if you can put that into any other words.

    • Crisp, go hit some cast iron head, then hit an older forged Mizuno or a Miura, Older meaning before they put the boron into the metal. Crisp is defined by the feeling of the cast head. Silky smooth is defined by the Miura. You can feel the ball and the head become one with the Miura. With the cast head all you can feel is a collision.

      • ATLMetsfan

        Cool I appreciate that, especially coming from a guy who has hit them ALL. Yeah I play MP-4s… as far as I know they’re still all steel, no boron or anything. I think with a head that soft a shaft with a little crispness can almost be a plus – gives you a little feedback. Whenever I’ve tested tip soft shafts (tour v comes to mind) with a forged bladed head the feel can almost be mushy. Would love to try these $ tapers, with all the great options at a fraction of the price I doubt they’ll be in my bag anytime soon though.