KBS launches C-Taper Lite shafts

KBS' C-Taper Lite shafts

KBS' C-Taper Lite shafts

The KBS Tour C-Taper shaft is a popular choice among some PGA Tour players seeking to reduce spin and create a lower, more-piercing ball flight with their irons. Phil Mickelson used it before recently switching to a prototype KBS shaft, and Justin Rose is still using the C-Taper.

For golfers who like the feel produced by the C-Taper, but can't mimic the swings of such stars, KBS announced it has created the C-Taper Lite. It will hit the market on July 8 and cost $38.95 per shaft.

The company says that the C-Taper Lite will produce a mid-high trajectory and more spin than the original C-Taper. The new shaft will be available in several weights, ranging from 105 grams to 115 grams in R, S and X flex.

The chart to the right shows how the new C-Taper Lite compares with the rest of the shafts in KBS' product line.

"A golf shaft is like a whip," says Kim Braly, KBS' director of research and development, who also oversees as tour operations. "Once you get it started you don't want anything to get in the way [of the energy flow]."

To keep the energy created by a golfer's swing moving into the ball, each step in the KBS C-Taper Lite reduces the shaft's wall thickness and stiffness proportionately, from the butt section to the tip. The company says this helps to create a smoother feel, makes the shaft more efficient and allows golfers to play with a stiffer shaft while adding yards.

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