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Phenomenal accuracy without boardy feel. Low spin and a little stiff-to-flex, fitting is a must.
Low spin shafts don’t have to feel like garbage. That’s the main lesson to be learned from the KBS C-Taper. While it delivers some of the lowest launch and lowest spin, it also delivers that trademark KBS feel that is loved by virtually everyone who tries it.
The primary feel characteristic of the KBS C-Taper is stability. The tip, in particular, is extremely stout which gives you the feeling that you can put everything into the swing without fear of “losing” the shaft.
The impressive part is that you get this stability without a lousy, boardy feel. There is still a clear feeling of loading and unloading in the butt of the shaft when you make a strong move at the ball. That last part is key: this shaft does feel a little stiff-to-flex, so make sure you get fit before putting the C-Tapers in your irons.
Generally there isn’t much to say about the look of an iron shaft, but the C-Taper is an exception. It’s matte grey with an industrial look that is unlike anything else out there. Additionally, the C-Taper is stepless which is a look that I love.
For me, there is not any iron shaft that is as low spin and accurate as the KBS C-Taper. From the pitching wedge through the long irons, I always feel in control of the club and never get a surprising result. The ball flight does tend to be a little lower, and the flight is very penetrating.
The major caveat is that the low spin characteristics can be too much of a good thing. I have played the C-Taper shafts in two different sets of iron heads, one successfully, one not. As a low spin player, putting these shafts into “players irons” was a recipe for low bullets that would not hold a green. Perhaps a softer flex would have worked with those heads, but a stiff flex did not. In a higher-launching game improvement iron, these shafts have proven to be brilliant: they are tremendously accurate and the low spin makes them long and consistent.
Ultimately, the C-Taper is great at what it does, it just demands a good fit to deliver optimal performance.
If you’re a long time Dynamic Gold or Project X player, you probably don’t think there’s any reason to change, and you might be right, but it would be worth your time to check out the KBS C-Taper. It offers extremely low spin, great accuracy, and all without sacrificing feel.
Price and Specs
The KBS C-Taper is available in Regular (110 grams), R+ (115 grams), Stiff (120 grams), S+ (125 grams), and X-Stiff (130 grams).
The KBS C-Taper retails for about $37 per shaft.