There is more than the usual amount of fanfare surrounding the new KBS Tour-V steel iron shaft. That’s because Phil Mickelson has been using the shaft in his Callaway X Forged irons (7-PW at the Open Championship and, more recently, 5-PW).
What’s more, three-time major champion Padraig Harrington is playing the shaft, and so are Scott Piercy and Paul Lawrie.
The Tour-V, also called Version 2 on the PGA Tour, is the latest from shaft designer Kim Braly. It will ship Nov. 1 and will sell in the aftermarket for $29.95 apiece.
In another significant development for KBS, Callaway had decided to make the Tour-V a stock steel shaft in the new Apex Pro iron that will be available in January. This points to a crucial perspective on shafts: Just because touring pros have success with various models doesn’t mean ordinary golfers can use them successfully. In fact, in some cases, these shafts are simply too strong for average players.
That’s not the case here, maintains Braly, who said: “This shaft can be used by golfers of all different kinds of abilities. Just try it and make up your own mind.”
Mickelson, Harrington, Piercy and Lawrie are using a 125-gram touring pro model of the shaft. However, three other weights are available for amateurs: 120, 110 and 100 grams. All three perform in a similar fashion to the touring pro shaft, according to Braly.
All the Tour-V shafts feature a mid-trajectory flight pattern, and the central theme in all three is tight dispersion. This dispersion is what KBS will be talking about in 2014, and the company says the shaft can achieve up to a 20 percent tighter dispersion than competitors’ shafts. It’s a bold claim in a market that includes some very popular shafts whose effectiveness has been proven in professional and amateur competition.
“It has been tested and perfected over the past year and a half and truly delivers on offering a tight dispersion shaft in a light-weight package,” Braly said. “The results we get from PGA Tour player testing are spot on.”
The Tour-V is available in three flexes that match up with the three weights: R flex/100 grams, S flex/110 grams and X flex/120 grams.