Oban CT 115 Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight

Oban CT 115 Shaft

Recently, we’ve been giving the Oban wood shafts a lot of attention.

But today, we decided to change direction a little bit and shift our focus to one of Oban’s most popular steel iron shaft models: the Oban CT 115.

While Oban graphite shafts have become one of the most coveted aftermarket options, their steel iron shafts have yet to penetrate the market so thoroughly.

Why is that? Do their steel shafts perform as well as their graphite shafts? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Oban CT 115 shaft.

Oban CT 115 Shaft Overview

One thing we have come to expect from Oban is bold branding and sometimes comical graphics on their shafts.

We were very eager to see what aesthetic direction they would take with a steel iron shaft.

So when we got our hands on the Oban CT 115 and saw how tame they looked, we were a bit surprised.

Other than the band near the grip, there is nothing to differentiate the Oban CT 115 from any other steel iron shaft.

It’s a classic-looking stepped steel shaft and was a welcome change from what we are used to seeing from Oban shafts.

What Oban hasn’t changed in their steel shafts is consistency. I can best describe the feel of the Oban CT 115 shaft as consistent.

Whether you are swinging out of your shoes or taking a controlled chip with your  9-iron, the whole shaft gives a slight bend that makes it feel like it’s transferring all your swing energy straight to the ball.

Smooth is another adjective I would use to describe the feel of this shaft.

The whole shaft feels like it has a constant firmness throughout. To me, it didn’t feel like the tip was firmer than the butt or the butt was firmer or looser than the midsection.

Instead, there is a constant fluidity that runs through the entire shaft. It’s not too stout and it’s not too loose.

And honestly, that didn’t really surprise anyone in our testing party because the Oban CT 115 is the medium load option between the Oban CT 100 and the Oban CT 125.

Why is the Oban CT 115 So Popular?

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While the Oban CT 115 may not be as popular as Oban’s graphite shafts, it’s slowly starting to make a name for itself as a premium aftermarket iron shaft.

Again, the consistency in feel and performance make it an excellent choice whether you are a scratch golfer or are trying to break 75.

How Does the Oban CT 115 Perform?

When I was taking full swings with the Oban CT 115’s plugged into the test long irons, I smiled to myself and thought, ‘yup, these are definitely Oban shafts.’

This may sound like a derision at first but it’s really not. I could tell almost immediately that these were Oban shafts because they don’t play ridiculously long; but they do play ridiculously straight.

In my experience, Oban shafts are rarely built for pre distance. Instead, most of the Oban shafts we have tested seem predicated on accuracy and dispersion. The Oban CT 115 is no exception.

On average, our testing party saw a 4.3 yard increase in carry using the Oban CT 115 shafts. And at the end of the day, that’s nothing to scoff at.

But by far, the best thing about the performance of these shafts was the accuracy. Our shot charts were made up of tight clusters that usually gathered just to the right of the pin.

As far as spin and launch go, the Oban CT 115’s perform as advertised. They launch with a medium trajectory and deliver mid spin.

More importantly though, the spin and the launch can be worked up or down if you have the skill.

Oban CT 115 Shaft Specs

Specs Oban CT 115
Available flexes R, R+, S-, S, S+, X-, X
Weight 103g-112g
Length 36”-41.5”

What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?

Regular and regular+ will be for 75-80 MPH swingers.

Stiff- and Stiff will be for 81-85 MPH swingers. Stiff+ and X- would likely fit players in the 86-95 MPH range and Extra stiff would work for players in the 96-105 MPH range.

What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?

The 103g-108g configuration would be a good option for 75-90 MPH swing speeds.

The 109g-112g configuration may suit players in the 91-105 MPH range.

Why is it So Good?

For us, the Oban CT 115 was a great shaft because it was workable.

Spin rates were robust enough to hold greens but not so extreme that our mis-hits were ending up in the trees.

Oban CT 115 First Impressions

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At first, the Oban CT 115 shafts look unassuming and very typical of a stepped iron shaft.

But they have a very unique, all-shaft flex that feels instantly comfortable and manageable.

Key Features & Performance

The Oban CT 115 shafts were made using a cold extrusion process that helps make them more consistent.

Oban CT 115 Irons Review

The performance of the Oban CT 115’s in our irons can be marked by great consistency and workability.

Launch can be tweaked as needed and extra spin can be imparted.

Oban CT 115 Wedges Review

You get the same active response on chip shots and bump and runs as you do on full swings.

Oban CT 115 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Consistent feel
  • Consistent performance
  • Tight dispersion
  • Great workability

Cons:

  • Not very long

Oban CT 115 Shaft

Overall Score: 95/100

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Who Should Buy it?

To be honest, my rating would have been a 99/100 if not for the lackluster distance.

For me, that’s not a huge drawback. But I know it is for a lot of golfers. Distance aside though, I would recommend the Oban CT 115’s to a wide variety of golfers.

They are insanely accurate, feel great and highly workable. Anyone in the 10-20 handicap range should try this shaft out.

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