Review: KBS Max HL shafts

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By James Tait Published: 9 April 2024 | Updated: 18 April 2024
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Golf shafts designed for slower swing speeds

Who are they for?

Golfers with slower swing speeds who want longer distances and more spin

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  • Three lightweight shaft options to choose from based on swing speed
  • Seven different shaft colour options to pick from so you'll look the part
  • High launching, more spin and longer carry, all good things with the driver


  • Not for faster swings speed players

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KBS Max HL shaft review

If you have a slow swing speed and need help to get the ball in the air, especially with your driver, you need to try the new KBS Max HL shaft.

The new KBS Max HL is aimed at golfers with slower swing speeds and is engineered to get the ball in the air with ease.

The First Look

Before we get to the performance, let’s touch on the looks. With this range, there’s plenty to be excited about. There are seven eye-catching gloss finishes, which include Black Gloss, White Gloss, KBS Red Gloss, Chrome, Hot Pink, Light Blue & Rainbow. These all look really cool and add some personality to your driver. A lot of golf shafts look pretty plain, but these certainly don’t.


The Tech

Here’s what KBS has to say about their latest offering.

The KBS Max HL shaft is going to deliver easy launch, more spin and more forgiveness for that golfer who needs help getting the ball in the air. The Max HL wood shaft weighs in between 40-45 grams and is based on the same E.I. curve as the Max Graphite iron and intended to be fitted to golfers using average swing speed measurements, rather than the traditional flex barometer.

Offered in .335” Tip Diameter with a 4” Parallel Tip, the new KBS Max HL wood shaft comes in the following three weights in the Max HL 40 Swing Speed Series categories. Firstly, we have the 45g shaft which is aimed 73-80Mph swing speed, secondly we have the 42g shaft which is aimed at 65-72Mph swing speed and lastly we have the 40g  which is the lightest offering for 65Mph swing speeds and below.

“The Max HL is a super lightweight driver shaft for the club golfer that maybe feels like he or she is lagging behind in swing speeds and needs help in getting the ball airborne. We’ve conducted a lot of research and there’s not a shaft that come close in terms of performance, stability and price with the Max HL retailing at around a third of the price of its nearest competitor. We’ve had great success with the Max Graphite iron shaft and the Max HL provides the perfect evolution up through the bag for the added accuracy and consistency that only tour-proven KBS shafts provide.” – KBS director of R&D and master shaft-maker Kim Braly.

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The bunkered Verdict

Look, this isn’t a shaft that I’ll be using, but it’s something that a lot of golfers need to try.

If you do have a slower swing speed and need help getting the ball in the air, this could be the shaft you need in your driver. If you have a swing speed around the 80Mph mark or below there are three options in the new KBS Max HL that could be perfect for you.

You can expect higher ball flights, longer carry distances and more spin which will give you the chance to hit better drives. We all want to do that, don’t we?


Available: March, 2024

RRP: £115

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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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