KBS helps oldest Major winner in golf make history

KBS, the only brand to offer a high-performance shaft for every club in the bag, played a key role in helping the recent PGA Championship winner write his name in the history books as the oldest ever major winner in golf at the age of 50.

The popular left-handed golfer has used the brand’s Tour-V iron and wedge shaft for a long time and closed with a 1-over 73, to win by two shots and capture his sixth major. The San Diego native lead the field in strokes gained: tee to green for the first time in seven years and he was able to find control when the course required it, hitting precise iron shots thanks to his KBS Tour V 125 S+ shafts designed specifically for him.

“We’re delighted to add another major championship to the KBS brand, but also help this player create history,” said Kim Braly, Master Shaft Engineer and Director of R&D for KBS Golf Shafts. “I’ve been working with ‘Lefty’ for many many years and he’s a player that knows exactly what he wants in a golf shaft to help him create his magic on the course and we congratulate him on his victory.”

Designed for and played by many PGA Tour players, the KBS Tour-V shaft is a lighter version of the popular and original KBS Tour shaft with larger outer diameters, resulting in a more stable tip section for tighter shot dispersion and less spin.

Along with the irons, the winner’s bag also featured KBS Tour V 125 S+ shafts in his wedges that played a big part in the 22 birdies notched up over the four rounds, none more so than the most memorable moment on Sunday on the par-3 5th when he holed out from a sandy area.

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 shaft creates a piercing ball flight with incredibly tight shot dispersion.

Jumping from 115th in the Official Golf World Rankings to inside the top-50 at No. 32, he has the chance to complete the career Grand-Slam in a month’s time at the hometown U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Played by more than 300 Tour players worldwide, KBS partners with every club manufacturer in the game and offers 30 different shafts through the golf bag, including 18 iron options featuring different weights and flexes. There is also the new TG Graphite Wood shaft; a popular Tour Graphite Hybrid option, four wedge shafts offering different weights, flexes and trajectory; and two putter shafts, including the brand new 1 One Step. All KBS shafts are designed to benefit the game of the broadest range of golfers – from global Tour stars to accomplished amateurs and juniors.

More details of KBS golf shafts can be found at www.kbsgolfshafts.com.

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As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.