The new KBS $-Taper Lite steel iron shaft is the latest entry in a list of light weight steel shafts from KBS. Leveraging off the success of the very popular $-Taper steel shaft, the new Lite version will have a slightly higher ball flight and spin but maintains the stiffness in the butt section for playability.
Weights and Flexes
The $-Taper Lite taper tip (.355) comes in three flexes and weights (typical for the way KBS designs their shafts). The R – 95 grams, S – 100 grams and X – 105 grams. The actual weights as tested are somewhat heavier, i.e. 100 to 110 grams in the raw length shaft, which is normal.
The $-Taper Lite parallel tip (.370) also comes in three different flexes and weights in a 42 inch blank shaft: R – 110 grams, S – 115 grams and X – 120 grams. The nice thing about the parallel tip version is that it allows custom club builders to be more precise in their stiffness builds and to use different stiffnesses to create higher or lower ball flight, depending upon their customer’s needs.
This shaft is available in both chrome and black PVD finish.
As stated, the $-Taper Lite shaft will launch slightly higher than the $-Taper shaft in comparable stiffnesses. Due to its lighter weight, the $-Taper Lite will play about a half flex softer than the $-Taper. Spin is only slightly higher than the $-Taper (we use 6 irons for testing).
So, if you are looking for a lighter weight steel shaft then your traditional KBS Tour or $-Taper this shaft will be worth a try.