Shaft designer Kim Braly has for the first time added a graphite wood shaft to his KBS product line, completing the full set of clubs from putter to driver.
KBS now offers 25 different shafts through the bag with the KBS TD graphite wood shaft offering the same feel, efficiency and playability as its wide-ranging iron, wedge, hybrid and putter shaft options, all designed to fit the broadest range of golfers.
“I’ve been asked the question of when we were going to enter the wood shaft market for many years and my answer was always not until we’re 100 percent happy with the product and we can make an even bigger impact with a full set of shafts throughout the bag,” said Braly, R&D and tour operations director.
The TD is a lighter and stiffer graphite shaft for drivers and woods that still has the original KBS feel. It is a mid-launch/low-spin performance graphite golf shaft optimizing the performance and efficiency of spin and launch angles at various swing speeds to produce more distance and a tighter, more consistent ball flight.
“The KBS TD is the culmination of my years of shaft design being put into the most exciting club in your bag,” said Braly. “We’ve designed it to offer optimized spin rate and launch, which equals more power and distance on every shot with the driver and fairway woods.”
The 45- or 46-inch TD shaft ($350) is available in five weights (40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 grams) and five different shaft flex options (A, R, S, X and Tour X). It comes in a gloss or matte finish depending on weight and flex, with only the 40-gram model in white gloss and the X and Tour X flexes in black matte.
Players with slower swing speeds (70-90 mph) looking to build more speed would be fit for an A or R flex in a 40-gram shaft. Mid- to high handicappers with moderate swing speeds ranging from 81-102 mph can go up to 50 grams with an A, R or S flex.
Golfers who swing 80-120 mph and prefer a 60-gram shaft can range in all five flexes, with the X and Tour X for the fastest swingers from 105-120 mph.
KBS recommends golfers use 10 more grams in their fairway wood shafts than they have in their chosen lightweight driver shaft.