KBS $-Taper Shaft Review

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The KBS $-Taper shaft is a mid-launching, low spin shaft reminiscent of the C-Taper performance, but with the feel of the KBS Tour.

Introduction

KBS has long been regarded for having some of the best feeling steel shafts in the game.  The KBS $-Taper (pronounced “Money Taper”) is designed to give players that Tour feel with a “straighter and stronger ball flight” and low spin.  My real world experience actually reminded me of a combination of two classic KBS shafts – the Tour and the C-Taper.  If you’re a fan of either of those two shafts, or just curious, I suggest reading the rest of this review.

Looks

Like most steel shafts, the KBS $-Taper isn’t all that exciting.  It’s a chrome stepped shaft with a signature small KBS label.  There are two minor details that are slightly different than previous KBS shafts.  First, the label features more white on it.  Second, the step pattern is a bit longer than the KBS Tour which is more for performance purposes.  If you’re feeling crazy, the $-Taper is also available in a black PVD finish.

Feel

The KBS $-Taper reminds me a lot of the Tour and the C-Taper.  The best way I can explain the feel of this shaft is that it’s stable and strong like the C-Taper but without the C-Taper “telephone pole” feel.

It has a “sweeter” feel like the Tour, but has a bit more response and life to it.  To simplify it, the feel fell somewhere in the middle of the C-Taper and Tour in my hands.

Performance

Continuing with the theme of falling between the KBS Tour and the C-Taper, the $-Taper’s performance was no different.  This is where I’m obliged to point out that every swing is different and people will experience different results with a shaft.

For me, the KBS Tour has a high and soft flight.  The C-Taper is a low piercing laser with tons of control.  The $-Taper falls right in the middle of that.  I was able to control trajectory with a strong flight.

My “standard” shot was a nice medium flight that elevated to its peak and dropped relatively straight down.  I think there is a wide range of players out there that would find the performance of the C-Taper or Tour too extreme in either direction, and the $-Taper is the compromise they’d be looking for.

Conclusion

KBS‘s shaft lineup has not been short of options, but the $-Taper is a valuable addition.  That precise feel, mid-trajectory piercing flight, and stability make for a great combination.  As popular as the C-Taper and Tour shafts already are, I believe the $-Taper will quickly join the ranks.  It’s a total package that I believe will be more preferred by pros and amateurs alike.

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Bill Bush

Co-Founder, Director of Technology at PluggedInGolf.com
Bill is a true golf gear nerd by definition who loves making custom club creations in his garage with tools like sledge hammers, blow torches, and his bare hands. When Bill isn't working on PluggedInGolf.com, or in the garage, he is a technology manager living in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids. Bill plays Scott Readman Concepts putters and accessories.

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3 Comments

  1. I’ve been considering sticking a steel shaft in my Hybrid and this seems to be exactly what I’m looking for. Any obvious reason I’ve missed as to why I should reconsider?

    • I wouldn’t say obvious reason, but I’ve never been nuts about the steel shaft/hybrid thing. Never played it in my own clubs.

      I’d suggest the KBS Tour Hybrid shaft personally. You can read our review here.

    • The KBS graphite hybrid shaft is designed based on their Tour iron shaft. I would definitely suggest that for your hybrid.

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