Hey, I am not making this up – this following link was reported by Senator Rob Portman (R, OH) showing how your tax dollars are at hard at work. I am going to help save the federal government a little money here and announce another Earth-scattering way of reducing one’s golf score and that is by greatly reducing the length of each hole. Imagine if each hole was 100 yards less how much easier it would be to score. Not only that, think of all the money saved in maintenance like watering and fertilizing as well as reducing the environmental concerns of chemical run-off into the local waters.
Help out your elected officials and add some other tips you think that will reduce golf scores.
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Already proven on the PGA Tour, the KBS Tour-V golf shaft offers golfers a lightweight, low spin option
Introducing the New 2014 KBS Tour V Golf Shafts
I’d like to report on the newest shaft from KBS called the Tour V. It has already been validated on the PGA Tour as it was the shaft used by the winner of the 2013 Open Championship. Now this same shaft will soon be available to clubmakers and golfers alike.
Recently I had a chance to test the shafts in our lab as well as hit the different flexes at the range against some of the other KBS shafts. At this point, it is a taper tip option so they are primarily for re-shafting name brand clubs unless want to shim them in our irons or in other parallel irons on the market.
Tour V versus KBS Tour
The KBS Tour has been a staple for the company since their inception and a shaft that you have likely hit if you had tried the KBS brand before. When you place the Tour V side-by-side with the KBS Tour they look identical as far as their step pattern and distance to first step. However, I can tell you they are quite different shafts as I will explain later.
For you techno-geeks like me, let’s provide you with some comparative data. Using our new shaft profiler, we are able measure the deflection or stiffness along the length of the shaft so you get more of a complete picture of how the shaft flexes. The following chart shows the deflection of the two S-flex shafts with the left side showing the tip end and the right side is the butt. More flex is indicated when the line is higher on the chart.
If you have a hard time reading the legend, the KBS Tour V is in blue and original Tour in red. At first glance, it would appear these two shafts are mirrors of one another and that can be explained by their shared geometry. There are just subtle differences in the different zonal areas of the shaft by most likely varying wall thicknesses.
In addition, here is the DSFI data that we produce for our annual Shaft Fitting Addendum so you can compare them to other shafts we have tested. Note that there are a few incomplete entries for the original KBS as they were shafts which were removed from existing clubs to be able to gather the data. However, the most important data is shown.
Again, the measure of stiffness (frequency and deflections) are eerily similar with the biggest differences being the Tour V is lighter weight and the balance point is a lighter lower or closer to the tip. In fact, the KBS Tour V is close to the weight of the recently introduced C-Taper Lite, but those shafts are nowhere as close in their deflections as shown in the chart below.
While the data on the shafts showed the new Tour V and original Tour to be very similar to one another, where we noticed the biggest difference was out on the range. Using the same head and swapping out shafts, everyone who compared the Tour V versus the Tour all said the same thing; the Tour V felt much better and the ball went further. The similarly weighted KBS C-Taper Lite had more of dull feel and didn’t produce the same results from our group of testers. This is an important lesson. We can try to quantify feel all we want by testing shafts infinitum, but there is no substitute for first hand experience.
Additional Fitting Info
As with any taper tip shafts, there is no tip trimming required. However, this requires the clubmaker to purchase or stock a specific raw length for each head. Here are those recommended raw lengths. Note the recommended lengths are different than for the standard KBS Tour.
Even though you do not see many 2-irons today, these can be used for driving / utility irons or giving club fitters the option of soft-stepping to create some in-between flexes.
The KBS Tour Golf Shaft has been the signature shaft in their line for some time. After our range session, our group of testers all came to the same conclusion that this will soon be the new signature shaft for KBS for years to come. Some people may get all caught of launch and spin. If they are looking at low launch and low spin, then those select few people who truly need that combination can select the C-Taper. If you are looking for high launch and spin, then there is the Tour 90. In the middle stands the Tour V; a lightweight design with some meat to its bones, while surprisingly providing an extremely good feel.
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This is the second video in our Basic Golf Club Repair series of easy to understand and step-by-step golf clubmaking videos taught by Hireko Golf’s Technical Director Jeff Summitt.
View Part 1 of the Basic Golf Club Repair Series: How to Remove a Steel Shaft here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmSBcTK7On0&feature=c4-overview&list=UU3v2rZJBh-Vfy-CM2jNWmEA
The contents of this second video on how to properly remove a graphite shaft include the necessary tools and materials needed to get started plus some handy tips.
- Bench Vise
- Heavy duty gloves
- Commercially available graphite shaft puller
- Heat source (propane or butane torch or heat gun)
- Utility knife such as Hireko model MIT053 shown here:
- Hosel cleaning brush such as Hireko model GDW9391 shown here:
- or sandpaper rolls such as Hireko’s model #SDRM shown here:
- In case you discolor the hosel, chrome cleaner such as Hireko model CHROME shown here:
Note: You should never promise a customer that a graphite shaft can be saved. For one, you might not know what type of epoxy was used or how many times it could have been installed previously. Shaft manufacturers will not warrant broken shafts that have been removed and reused.
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To survive in the retailer market, whether you are large like Edwin Watts or small like an independent clubmaking, fitting and repair shop, the key to success will be excellent customer service.
State of the Golf Industry
Recently I saw a press release that long time retailer Edwin Watts is filing for bankruptcy. That caught me off guard as that was one company if you wanted your products to be in it would be Edwin Watts. I began to ask why such a well-established company is going through this ordeal and here are some of my thoughts which may or may not surprise you.
Brick and mortar trend
Let backtrack first. Sadly, the first victims in the retail golf sector were the independent or Ma and Pa retail stores, who have long since vanished. Those were the kind of places you went for the personalized service, were convenient as you could walk out with a brand new club(s) right then and there. With the increasing popularity of internet shopping, the convenience factor was no longer the lure to draw people into their store when purchasing was only a mouse click away.
One of the other lures that a store has to draw people in is price. Several years ago manufacturers began implementing MAP (Minimum Advertised Pricing) and more importantly strongly enforcing it. The penalty for a manufacturer selling below MAP is being cut off what potentially could be that one product or line that generates the bulk of their business. Who wants to take that chance these days?
I have been on both sides of the fence. Without MAP, you could be aggressive and negotiate price for better customers or throw in some free balls, hat or whatever. Margins sucked though and you hoped to make it up on volume. However, those practices are long gone as MAP pricing evened out the playing field and commoditized golf equipment.
There is a double-edged sword with a retail location. The positive is a customer can look at, touch and feel the product and gain first-hand experience they cannot in a catalog or online. The downside is brick and mortar stores have the problem with potential customers utilizing their services and then buying elsewhere where they didn’t have to pay shipping or state taxes. Yes, people will do this and spend 45 minutes with a sales rep (possibly tying up their launch monitor) figuring out what performed best out of a host of manufacturer’s clubs. When it comes time for the salesperson to seal the deal, the customer says, “Let me think about it, I might be back tomorrow.” At that point, the sales rep knows that is the kiss of death. The customer is going online where they can save 7 to 9% on a $300 driver or $900 set of irons. That same customer doesn’t realize that $25 or $75 doesn’t go back into their local economy and wonders why there is always a tax levy on their ballot each year.
The only way this practice will stop is if laws go into the books with uniform Internet sales tax reform. Just don’t let our so called “representatives” in Washington DC to get their hands on one red cent of it; it should go to lower the national debt.
Limited product life cycles
Another deterrent nowadays for brick and mortar stores is the necessary evil of carrying a large assortment of inventory. Let’s say company A releases a new model. It takes a little time for the store to get proper stock of the most popular flexes, lofts, etc. Edwin Watts stores were primarily in warmer weather places, but for areas north a hot new product may already be discounted by the time the peak of the season occurs. It used to be a retailer had a couple of years that a product would be current. Now the prices get slashed after 6 months and the retailer’s cost of goods is higher than the reduced going rate on the internet. The manufacturer might help the retailer by giving the store free merchandise to offset their losses, but now they got more of the product people don’t want – they want the newest product. It creates a vicious cycle for retailers.
Who is really to blame?
To a certain degree, the average consumer is because they demand newer products at a more rapid pace and the manufacturers oblige. Believe me it is not hard to design new clubs. You could tweak a model, change graphics and bingo you have a brand new model. However, it is not going to be revolutionary or leaps and bounds much better than the generation or two before. However, the biggest blame goes to shareholders of some of the major manufacturers who have flooded the market trying to gain market share. I am afraid that is an unsustainable path in the long term. This will force more retailers to go out of business and leave only a few strong or well financed companies to act as distributors for them. Maybe that is their end goal.
To survive in the retailer market, whether you are large like Edwin Watts or small like an independent clubmaking, fitting and repair shop, the key to success will be excellent customer service. Golf clubs or equipment (like grips and shafts) may be commodities, but that cannot be said for customer service. Maintaining efficient inventory levels and cash flow are two other keys. Lastly, if you are selling on price alone, you will not survive – someone will always be willing to go lower.
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