BOULDER, CO (August 11th, 2011)

The all-new KBS C-Taper is on a roll with major manufacturers, today being adopted by PING Golf’s Custom department available immediately through PING Golf fitters nationwide. Today’s announcement highlights growing interest for the KBS C-Taper shaft which was introduced May 2011 and is now trusted by several top PGA Tour professionals including the #1 ranked American Golfer in the world.

The KBS C-Taper shaft incorporates a unique blend of manufacturing and design advancements that complement the signature KBS Tour shaft series. Designed for lower launch and reduced spin, the KBS C-Taper shaft targets players with a faster swing tempo and higher trajectory. Using concepts taken from the KBS Tour shaft for Efficient Shaft Performance, the KBS C-Taper proved in independent robot testing to reduce spin by 5%, lower trajectory by 5%, and increase distance by 5% (up to 12 yards total) versus KBS leading competitor.

Technology behind the KBS C-Taper is based on optimal shaft geometry taken from the KBS Tour design with calculated changes made in taper design and section balance for a unique performance. As explained by designer Kim Braly, “The KBS Tour catalog is quickly being recognized as the most advanced and impactful steel shaft series to ever hit the golf industry. As evidenced by the success of KBS C-Taper, players worldwide are recognizing the success of this shaft on Tour and adoption by major manufacturers like PING Golf is a tribute to the C-Tapers absolute performance.”

Rob Cheng, Director of Global Operations, spoke today saying, “The announcement of PING Golf’s custom department adopting the KBS C-Taper shaft is fantastic news for the KBS brand. Our team spent a lot of time orchestrating the successful launch of this product with several months spent conducting internal testing, player testing, and finally independent robot tests. Today, it seems those efforts continue to pay off. We’re excited for this partnership and assure our fans we’ll continue to push the limits of shaft innovation.”

Since their introduction worldwide in 2008, KBS Tour shafts continue to blaze a trail on Tour trusted by 10 of the world’s top 50 multiple players within the world’s top 10 ranking. Additionally, over 40 PGA Tour players currently trust KBS shaft designs. Both numbers continue to grow. This season, KBS Tour shafts have already delivered 7 victories combined on the PGA and European Tour along with several close runner up finishes. Recent achievements for the KBS brand include winning the 2011 Players Championship, Memorial Tournament, John Deere Classic and WGC-Bridgestone. Expect more stories to come.