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.


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.

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Bill Bush

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. By day, Bill 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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  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.

  2. Brian Parkinson

    I’m looking at getting a set of Cobra MB/CB irons. The stock shaft is the $ Taper (Black), which would look pretty snappy with the black iron head. However, I have hit a couple of irons with the Modus 120, which you were just gushy about. How would you compare the two? Do you still prefer the Modus?

    • Matt Saternus


      Bill does not write for PIG anymore, and I have not tested the $-Taper, so I can’t offer an answer on this.



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  5. The $-Taper is actually called “S” Taper, at least by KB himself.

  6. how about compare to KBS Tour V flexS?

  7. How does the black PVD on the $-Taper hold up? Does it scratch/chip easily? How long should the finish last (30+ rounds per year)?

    • Matt Saternus


      I don’t have any long term testing data on the finish. What I can offer is that we hear from thousands of golfers every year, and I have yet to hear a complaint about this finish.



    • I’ve been playing mine for a season and there is no scratches or wear at all.

  8. I’ve played the KBS $-taper 120 PVD finish for 3+ years and not a scratch or chip is visible on the shafts. I play close to 70 rounds a year on average, so I’m probably over 220 rounds without any issues. I also play in the Midwest so weather extremes also factor in too.

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