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The KBS TD shaft is a driver shaft worthy of the company’s stellar reputation. Mid/high launch and mid spin. Smooth, active feel.
For over ten years, KBS has been a leader in steel iron shafts. In that time, they’ve also dipped their toe into graphite with their hybrid shaft and a few graphite iron shafts. Now KBS is diving all the way in on graphite with their first wood shaft, the TD. TD stands for Tour Driven, as KBS has taken their design cues from their experience with players on the biggest stage.
From the brand known for its red label, anything other than a striking red finish would have been a disappointment. The KBS TD shaft has a red base color on the upper portion that’s decorated with bold black graphics. There is no “logo down” option as there is branding on both sides.
The lower portion of the KBS TD shaft comes in three different finishes: White Gloss, Black Gloss, and Black Matte. White Gloss is exclusive to the 40 gram models, and Black Matte is only available in X and Tour X flexes.
One interesting note: KBS has opted for using five different “Categories” rather than traditional flexes. This seems to be an attempt to combat ego fitting, which I strongly endorse.
While I was swinging the KBS TD shaft, I couldn’t help but think about the original KBS Tour iron shaft. Obviously that comparison is top of mind because both shafts are from the same company, but it held up for me even after extended testing.
The KBS TD has a smooth, active feel throughout the length of the shaft. I felt the most action in the butt section just below my hands, but there was kick throughout.
Compared to the low spin shafts that I’ve been testing lately, the KBS TD has a more active, torque-y tip. However, in the broader context of all the shafts available, I think the TD falls in the middle of the bell curve in terms of torque.
The comparisons between the KBS TD shaft and the original KBS Tour don’t stop with feel; they carried over to the performance as well. With the KBS TD loaded into my PING G410 Plus driver, I saw a high, mid-spin ball flight with a dispersion that ranged from straight to a strong draw.
Due to a combination of equipment changes and swing tweaks, my typical driver ball flight has gotten a bit lower over the last season. With the KBS TD, I was right back to the towering shots that I used to hit. The high initial launch combined with medium spin created long carries that really took advantage of the strong fall winds.
With the strong action and slightly softer tip of the KBS TD, my dispersion shifted from straight/fade to straight/draw. The draw was a nice compliment to the higher launch as it kept the ball flight strong and gave me plenty of roll out. What I liked is that the KBS TD never felt out of control. The kick was always smooth and predictable, and the draws it produced were small, controlled curves.
The KBS TD shaft is available in weights ranging from 40 to 80 grams. Category 1 and 2 – Light and Regular Flex – are available in 40, 50, and 60 grams. Stiff flex, Category 3, is available in 50, 60, and 70 grams. X and Tour X – Category 4 and 5 – are available in 60, 70, and 80 grams.
If you’re a lover of the original KBS Tour shaft in your irons, plugging the KBS TD into your driver will be the most natural change you’ve ever made. Even if you’re not familiar with KBS’s iron shafts, the TD is worth a look if you want a shaft with strong action and consistent performance.