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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.