– More than 40 wins across global Tours, plus 48% of LPGA players gaming KBS shafts –
KBS, the only brand to offer a high-performance shaft for every club in the bag, has continued its global dominance this year with more than 40 wins across the game’s elite male and female Tours.
The brand has also had a Major champion in every year of its 15-year existence following a dominant display on home soil at the Evian Championship in France.
The popularity, reliability and trust in KBS is felt nowhere more than the LPGA Tour, where 48% of its players this year have had a ‘Red and Black’ label in the bag, which has accounted for more than a quarter of the brand’s wins this year.
“The number of victories this year is incredible and to see the amount of KBS shafts on Tour across every club in the bag is a testament to the brand, the Tour team and R&D department who both put in the grind every day,” said KBS Marketing Manager, Rhett Taylor.
“We have two huge team events coming up in the Solheim and Ryder Cup and we’re excited to watch as we have 16 players across both Team Europe and Team USA trusting KBS in what is probably the highest-pressure test they can face in golf,” he added.
The Solheim Cup will see eight players – five for Europe and three for USA – playing KBS shafts as they begin battle today at Finca Cortesin in Southern Spain. Next week, eight of the World’s best male players will take to the Marco Simone Golf and Country club in Rome for the Ryder Cup using KBS shafts. Half of Team Europe will have KBS shafts in the bag, including the latest Swedish sensation who won the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Switzerland using KBS Tour 130x in his irons and wedges, which earned him a Captain’s pick.
Another member of Team Europe is playing some of the best golf of his career right now and will look to continue that form at the bi-annual event. “The hottest player in the game right now is going to be teeing it up for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup following his dominance in the FedEx Cup rankings and we can’t wait to see him in action in what is truly a global event that captures everyone’s attention,” added Taylor.
The 26-year-old Norwegian has had his best year as a professional winning three times on the PGA Tour. Using KBS Tour V 120g in his irons and one of his wedges, plus the Tour V 130g in his other three wedges, the current World #4 captured the Memorial Tournament trophy at Muirfield Village in June before going back-to-back last month by winning the BMW Championship – shooting a course record 61 in the final round – and the Tour Championship to become the third youngest winner of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
In the women’s game, another European has achieved huge success with three wins including a maiden Major victory on home soil at the Evian Championship at the Evian Resort in Evian-Les-Bains, France in July shooting four rounds in the 60’s and winning by an incredible six shots. The 29-year-old uses a KBS Graphite Hybrid Prototype, PGI (Player’s Graphite Irons) shafts (80g) and KBS Tour V WEDGE shafts in her 50 and 54 degree.
She has 13 professional wins to her name and also captured the sought after Scottish Women’s Open this year held at Dundonald Links in Irvine by two shots and a fifth LPGA Title by winning the Arizona leg of the Drive On Championship in March.
Played by choice by more than 300 professional golfers worldwide, the brand with the distinctive Red and Black label partners with every club manufacturer in the game to offer the best players in the world 18 different shafts across every club in the bag. Steel and Graphite choices include nine iron options depending on swing speed, all featuring different weights and flexes. For more details, visit www.kbsgolfshafts.com
Note to editors
The Kim Braly signature shaft is ideal for players desiring shot versatility and mid trajectory. Incorporating unique KBS technology, the KBS TOUR maximizes energy transfer for increased shot control and offers a smooth, responsive feel and is the preferred model by several of the best golfers in the world.
The KBS TOUR-V is a lightweight product that features larger outer diameters, resulting in a stable tip section and tight shot dispersion. Perfect for players that prefer a lighter weight shaft and less ball spin.
KBS Tour-V WEDGE
The KBS TOUR-V WEDGE shaft is designed exclusively for wedges to produce shots with a lower-mid trajectory and mid ball spin. Tested and proven on Tour, the KBS TOUR-V WEDGE shaft creates a piercing ball flight with incredibly tight shot dispersion.
KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Inspired and designed from the iconic KBS Tour shaft, the most popular steel shaft in the KBS Golf Shaft line, the KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype offers KBS signature feel, but in a Graphite shaft model. Offering performance and stability throughout the entire make of the shaft which lets the player hit more aggressive, longer and consistent shots for hybrid clubs. KBS was the first shaft brand to create seamless performance transition from Graphite Hybrid shafts, through to irons and wedges.
Designed by Director of R & D and master shaft maker Kim Braly and is built for ANYONE to be fit into a steel like performance graphite shaft that will provide the same optimal tight tolerances, dispersion and control as the KBS Tour Steel Shaft, just at a lighter weight and easier to swing shaft. The maximum playability for all golfers from beginners and mid handicappers to tour professionals culminates in a shaft that will provide unmatched shot making and control for the first time in a graphite iron product.