KBS Tour Vs Project X – How Do They Compare?
True Temper and KBS have been duking it out in the steel iron shaft space for many years now.
There is a staunch following on either side. In my personal experience, I find that KBS shafts usually play better for me.
But I have come across golfers who vow that they will never play a non-Project X shaft.
You should always go in for a fitting when changing shafts but in the following comparison overview, I will be breaking down the basic differences between the KBS Tour and Project X shafts.
KBS Tour Shaft Overview
“The KBS Tour shaft is available in regular, regular+, stiff, stiff+ and extra stiff flex. There are also 110g, 115g, 120g, 125g and 130g weights available.”
The first thing you should know about the KBS Tour shaft is that it tends to launch a bit higher than the Project X shaft.
There is also considerably more activity in the midsection than the Project X.
That’s not to say the KBS Tour is whippy. But I can feel the entire midsection flex more through transition compared to the Project X shaft.
The activity does fade a bit if you’re playing the 125g or 130g version; but it never goes away completely.
It has a classic stepped design and is mostly polished chrome save for the red band in the midsection.
Project Shaft Overview
“The Project X shaft is available in regular, regular plus, stiff, extra stiff and extra stiff+ flex. There are 110g, 115g, 120g, 125g, and 130g weights available.”
You can see that the weight and flex options are almost identical to the KBS Tour.
It’s clear that these shafts are in direct competition with one another. But the Project X shaft produces slightly less spin than the KBS Tour shaft.
As a result, the Project X tends to produce straighter ball flight.
It’s not that the KBS Tour is inaccurate; it’s just that it’s easier to get a draw or a fade out of the KBS Tour than it is with the Project X shaft.
The feel of the Project X shafts is also considerably stouter than the KBS Tour.
“If you have a fast swing speed and are looking for lower ball flight, the Project X will be the better shaft for you. If you need some help getting the ball in the air, the KBS Tour shaft would be better.”