We Tried It: Four New Products, To The Test
Axis1 Umbra putter, KBS Tour iron shafts and Winn’s Dri-Tac and Dri-Tac Wrap Lite grips
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KBS Tour iron shafts
An 8-handicap golfer
The most efficient way to get fit for KBS shafts is via their handy online fitting matrix (visit kbsshafts.com and click on the "Start Your Fit!" box). The easy-to-navigate system asks you a handful of questions about your game: How far do you hit your 6-iron? What's your swing speed? What's your handicap? What's your preferred ballflight? It took me all of 90 seconds to complete.
The matrix told me that I should be hitting KBS Tour R+ shafts whose stiffness lies between a regular and a stiff shaft. This made perfect sense, since I hit my 6-iron about 170 yards and swing about 90-95 mph. A few days later, I received eight iron shafts (4-SW whose tips had been tapered to .355" in their diameter) in the mail, took them and an old set of stiff-shafted irons to a local golf store, and four hours later, I had a "new" set of clubs.
My preferred flight is lower than normal, and I like the ball to spin, especially on short-iron shots. This is what I told the Fit System, and the KBS Tours didn't disappoint. Although it had been a while since I had played, they just felt right. The weight, the flex and the tapered tip all had been specifically chosen for my game. The shafts I had in the clubs before had always been too stiff (I'd inherited them from one of our instructors who swings far harder than me), and I'd never been able to make the type of contact I desire.
Getting fit for new iron shafts may seem like a daunting experience, but it honestly couldn't have been more convenient and easy. And at $200 for a full set of KBS Tour shafts, it's definitely something you should consider if you've had your current irons for a number of years. By simply upgrading your shafts, you'll have what feels like a new set of irons in your hands and save yourself the purchase of a new set. And they'll be custom fit!
KBS offers a wide range of shaft options, and it's vital that you go through a fitting (online or otherwise) so you get the shafts that are right for your game.
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