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The KBS C-Taper Lite is very different than the standard C-Taper. High launching with mid spin but feel similar to the original C-Taper.
Every golf equipment nerd has unrequited love for some piece of gear. Whether it’s a blade iron that your handicap just won’t let you play or a driver that looks great but goes nowhere, we battle to reconcile our wants with our needs. For me, one of those pieces of gear is the KBS C-Taper shaft. I love the feel, and I love the accuracy, but the launch conditions just aren’t meant for me. Thankfully I’ve found a better match in the C-Taper Lite.
The C-Taper Lite has the same stepless, brushed steel appearance as the C-Taper. To the extent that any steel shaft looks cooler than another, I like this look. There’s no glare, and the stepless look has always appealed to me. Beyond that, the C-Taper Lite can be identified by KBS’s trademark red label.
The feel of the original C-Taper kept it foremost in my thoughts despite the fact that it’s not a great fit for my swing. Some people found it to be rigid, but it made me feel like I could hit the ball down a hallway.
The C-Taper Lite keeps most of that feel while adding a little more kick. This shaft still gives me the sense of being very accurate and stable because of the stiff tip section, but there’s a little more action in the butt section. Whether you liked the feel of the original C-Taper or not, I think the C-Taper Lite could suit your tastes.
I was fit for the C-Taper Lite during my recent iron fitting with Club Champion. As I mentioned earlier, the C-Taper – a low launch, low spin shaft – is not a good fit for me, so I was surprised when I was handed the C-Taper Lite. Though the two shafts share a name, they are on nearly opposite ends of the fitting spectrum. The C-Taper Lite produces high launch and mid-spin, which is exactly what I needed to gain distance.
My favorite characteristic of the original C-Taper – the accuracy – is still present in the C-Taper Lite. No matter how hard I swing, this shaft holds up and produces accurate shots. I feel like the C-Taper Lite gives me the exact results that my swing deserves, which is everything I want in a shaft.
There are significant weight changes in the C-Taper Lite depending on flex and whether you use parallel or taper tip shafts. In taper tip, the X-flex is 115 grams with the stiff and regular at 110 and 105, respectively. The raw weights of the parallel tip shafts are significantly heavier at 125, 118.5, and 108.5 in X, stiff, and regular. Make sure that you work with your fitter to find the right weight and flex for your swing.
If, like me, you love the feel and accuracy of the original C-Taper but need less weight or more air under the ball, try the KBS C-Taper Lite. While the feel is similar to the C-Taper, the performance is entirely different, launching the ball high with moderate spin. Best of all, it maintains the C-Taper’s trademark accuracy.
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