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KBS say they have a driver shaft for everyone, so I went to put that theory to the test.

I went for a shaft fitting at SGGT Tour Performance Fitting Studios and went through the KBS Tour Driven (TD) shafts line. What I found was very interesting indeed.

With my background of long drive, I’ve always struggled finding the right shafts. However, in the TD line from KBS, there really is a shaft for everyone. 

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The KBS TD range is pretty different from other ranges of shafts. They don’t have regular, stiff, extra stiff or any identifying feature like that. Instead, they are split into different categories.

If you are looking for a senior flex shaft you would be category one and have the option of 40, 50 or 60 grams. Gradually, a stiffer shaft then uses a larger number, all the way to a five, which is the equivalent to a tour flex option. All these numbers come with three different weight options.

After hitting a few different options, I liked the weight and the feeling of the 80-gram and the 70-gram options in category five.

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I did try the 60-gram option in the category four and five range, but for me, these were slightly too soft and I struggled to get the timing right. However, if you’re a player who has a relatively fast swing speed, I think these would be a great option.

The shaft that was perfect for me was the category five 80-gram. I really did find with this my dispersion and consistency improved. I really felt it allowed me to swing fast, while keeping a consistent level of performance. I did try the 70-gram shaft, but it just needed to spin a little more for me to be the best option.

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As a professional long driver, I’ve struggled to find playing shafts that work for normal golf clubs and I was so surprised at how many options were available to try and test, especially for someone with my speed.

It just shows you that being fitted is so important and KBS have a shaft for everyone in their Tour Driven range, no matter your ability.

For more information on the KBS TD range, which is available now, click here. 

RRP: $350 

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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