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The KBS C-Taper 90 iron shaft is different from the standard C-Taper, but it does have the signature KBS feel.
KBS is regarded as one of the premier “feel” steel shaft makers in the business and had blockbuster hits with the KBS Tour and C-Taper shafts. In an effort to diversify the KBS portfolio, they developed the C-Taper 90 shaft which shares some key characteristics of the original C-Taper while offering a much different feel and ball flight that may make it easier to hit for more players. Though the C-Taper 90 is supposed to be comparable to the C-Taper Lite, there’s actually very little published about this shaft at this time, so this review is purely based off of our experience with the shaft and no outside knowledge of the product.
I had actually played KBS C-Tapers in my irons for quite awhile because I loved the feedback the shaft gave me on every shot in addition to its low spin and ball flight. The C-Taper was a great shaft, but frankly, I just don’t think I had the game to match it, and we went our separate ways. When I found we had a set of C-Taper 90’s coming in, I took a look at the specs of the shaft and got really excited about them because they seemed like a better fit based on my previous experience with the original C-Taper.
The original C-Taper shaft felt a little stout for me, but the C-Taper 90 has a little softer feel. It has some similarities to the KBS Tour 90, but with the consistency of the C-Taper. Being a lighter weight shaft, the C-Taper 90 felt easier to swing and like a lot less of a “battle” than the original C-Tapers were for me. I found myself with a little bit more of that “just swing the club” feeling when I was using the C-Taper 90 shaft.
The appearance of the KBS C-Taper 90 is more traditional than the original C-Taper while maintaining the same stepless design. Rather than the rigid satin finish of the C-Taper, the C-Taper 90 has a nice polished chrome finish with the classic white KBS Tour shaft label (for my money, one of the best shaft labels in the game…even if that is a strange accolade). It’s not a loud shaft, but it certainly looks classic and like a high performance piece of equipment.
With lighter weight shafts, you’re supposed to see an increase in swing speed which should result in higher launched shots. As mentioned before, the original KBS C-Taper shaft was notorious for being low launching and low spinning which was true. In fact, Matt and I frequently commented that we could hit a ball down a long hallway with the C-Taper shaft. With the C-Taper 90, this changed quite a bit. I wasn’t ballooning shots with the C-Taper 90, but I was hitting the ball considerably higher with much softer landings. The higher flight helps the ball stop faster, but there’s also an increase in ball spin which contributes to the ball stopping as well. The slight sacrifice of shot feedback from the lighter shaft was worth the performance gains I received by a long shot.
The difference in iron shaft weights is one of golf’s biggest debates. In fact, you may see a piece on PluggedInGolf.com in the near future. Many think the lighter shaft weights are the secret to unlocking the secrets to better iron play whereas others feel it’s total blasphemy and there are just flat out too many disadvantages to such a decrease in weight. At the end of the day, the on course results speak for themselves. I liked the KBS C-Taper well enough, but the C-Taper 90 helped me hit better shots and flat out get around the course in fewer strokes. From my personal experience, I can’t tell you I can make a valid argument against a high-quality lightweight iron shaft because the results were there for me. As one of the finest engineers in the game, KBS made a nicely tuned shaft in the C-Taper 90 and truly opened doors to more golfers looking for a new option in the high-performance shaft market.
Price & Specs
The C-Taper 90 is not available at retail, but its counterpart, the C-Taper Lite is available for $40.95 a shaft.
C-Taper Lite Specs:
Tapered Tip Specs
|Flex||Wt.||Iron #||Tip Dia.||Butt OD.||Length||Torque||Traj|
|Regular||105g||2i – PW||.355″||.600″||37.5″-41.0″||2.2||Mid-High|
|Stiff||110g||2i – PW||.355″||.600″||37.5″-41.0″||2.1||Mid-High|
|X-Stiff||115g||2i – PW||.355″||.600″||37.5″-41.0″||2.0||Mid-High|
Parallel Tip Specs
|Flex||Wt.||Fm||Tip Dia.||Butt OD.||Length||Torque||Bal. Pt.|
|Raw Length||N/A||41″||40.5″||40″||39.5″||39″||38.5″||38″||37.5″||use 9i||42″|