Review: KBS C-Taper Iron Shafts
I’ve been playing all different irons shafts this year while reviewing various clubs. So when I got the chance to try the KBS c-tapers I was pretty excited to see if they could help me hit more greens. I’ve been a fan of KBS tour shafts for 2 years now. I love the feel and the high consistent shots that seemed to stick where they landed. But on those windy days, sometimes they just hit too high. I found the KBS tours to be fairly accurate. The KBS C-tapers are said to be lower launching and more accurate, yet just as good feeling.
I installed my C-Taper shafts in my Nike Pro Combo iron set. (You can see what shafts they replaced here.) The very first thing I noticed was the stunning looks of this combination of chrome and satin. The iron heads are mostly chrome with some satin details in the cavity backs, while the satin C-tapers looked great next to that combo. So just from an aesthetic aspect these were awesome.
On the course though is what is most important. On my first round, I went 3 for 4 on hitting the par 3s in regulation. I was pretty excited. I also hit more greens on par 4s and 5s in regulation too. While my short game has been good (because of all the practice) I only scored 2 strokes better than my average. Over the last 5 rounds I’ve seen this trend continue. I am consistently hitting more greens in regulation. My scoring average has gone down 2 strokes.
I find that the low ball flight helps with control and fights against the effects of wind on my ball. I am to hold the line better, thus hitting closer to my intended target. Into the wind I don’t get the ballooning or floaters I might have had before, now they just power through the breeze. Cross winds also have less of an impact on shots with when using the C-taper shafts.
I have read about people picking up a whole club of extra distance. Unfortunately for me I only saw about a 1/3 of a club gain. So you might not gain much in terms of yardage, but the lower flight, control and accuracy is what makes these great iron shafts.
The one thing that I noticed is that if you are going to get C-tapers installed in your clubs, make sure that you have the club builder get the swingweights you want. Because the C-Taper is backweighted, they tend to come in about 2 club weights lighter. My Pro Combos were originally D3 and just slapping them in, they came out to D1. I just added a little tip weight and back up to the D3. So just be sure that you request the swingweight you want.
Most OEMs are starting to offer KBS C-taper shafts. I think they might still be a little bit of an upcharge, but I think they are well worth it. I will be requesting C-Tapers in all my future iron reviews. They are just that good. I am happy that I am “C”ing more greens with my C-Taper shafts.
For more information: www.KBSshafts.com
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