The Smooth Challenge – Can A Shaft Make A Difference?

For years now, THP has been your source for ripping through marketing and bringing golfers closer to the equipment industry with proper knowledge and thorough testing. One area that seems to be overlooked by most golfers is the one that has arguably gone through the biggest transformation in recent years in terms of more choices and better products. Companies that are making shafts are producing higher quality products and more fitting options than ever before and yet more times than not, golfers choose strictly by what flex they think is correct.

While at the PGA Show earlier this year, THP got a chance to chat with an icon in the shaft industry Kim Braly to discuss what makes KBS different.

THP enjoyed that interview so much that internally we put the shaft to the test and found that many golfers commented exactly the same way as Kim Braly did in the video above. That leads us to our readers and wanting to do something unique and different and find out what golfers across the country think about shafts and more specifically how they feel. The THP Goal is simple, find out if one shaft feels better than the shaft they currently have in their clubs. No better way than to rip through marketing than put the equipment right into golfers hands around the country and find out exactly what they are feeling.

Coming in September, the THP Tour Van is heading out on a month long journey and will be conducting purely subjective “feel” tests at each stop. Here is the schedule of where the Tour Van will be during the month and if you are in the area, come on out and give us your feedback.

September 1st – Charlotte, NC
September 8th – Atlantic City, NJ
September 15th – Des Moines, IA
September 22nd – St. Louis, MO
September 29th – Atlanta, GA

You can click on any one of the cities to find out the course the THP Tour Van will be at and the details on the events.

THP will have quite a few irons shafted with different shafts and we are looking for feedback on feel. It is such a common word thrown around when discussing golf equipment and THP wants to get to the bottom of it as it pertains to iron shafts.

Come out and join us at any one of the THP Tour Van Events in September and take the Smooth Challenge.

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38 Comments

  • Can’t wait to take the smooth challenge at Des Moins!!! Awesome addition to take place at the tour van stops

  • That is ver interesting. I can’t wait to hear what golfers have to say about each different brand of shaft. I wonder which one will have the best feel.

  • This is a really really great idea. I also love the fact that there will be different heads on the shafts for people to compare.

  • Im gonna be as smooth as I can be in Atlantic City in September! Really looking forward to the results with this.

  • This is sweet, great idea and looking forward to participating!!

  • Great idea! Will there be left handed clubs as well? Lots of us out here…

  • It’s a good thing I’m going to be at the first stop! This is really cool.

  • Time to get our smooth on, there should be some interesting feedback

  • I can’t wait for the Smooth Challenge in Atlanta.

  • What a great idea I can’t wait to try it ou in Des Moines!

  • Awesome! I can’t wait to try this. I think KBS has some stellar shafts and I love their innovation in looks and performance.

  • Great idea, this will be very enlightening. Come on September!

  • Awesome. Can’t wait to give this a shot and see what others think.

  • This is awesome! I can’t wait to test some shafts out in Charlotte.

  • This is a really good experiment. Nothing like a blind test to find the truth behind marketing.

  • There will certainly be long lines wanting to try out these shafts, I will be in line myself. Looking forward to seeing what works for everyone and reading the feedback.

  • I am very eager to try multiple shafts. ‘Can’t wait!

  • Having already used the shafts this is a great way to convey our thoughts on feel from the shafts! Great idea

  • I noticed that gerbils were neither confirmed nor denied!

  • This is something that will be really cool to experience. I’m already super excited for the Des Moines stop the way it is. Great stuff THP!

  • Wish this could make it over the border someday. This is exactly the sort of in-hand reviewing I’d love to see in person.

  • Can’t wait to give this challenge a shot in Atlantic City!

  • I’m definitely up for the challenge. I can’t wait for Des Moines!

  • This wasn’t quite what I expected when this was brought up originally! Can’t wait for Des Moines to take part in his.

  • See, to me, this is just really intriguing…

    And really freaking cool.

  • This will be cool and informative to try.

  • What a great idea, I can’t wait to read all the feedback.

  • Awesome.
    Now I have more reason to count down the days to the ATL gathering….like it wasn’t already killing me.

  • Can’t wait to see if I notice a difference between the shafts!

  • This is going to be great! My knowledge in shafts is where I lack so the more I get to know and experience the better! Can’t wait!

  • This is very cool! Hopefully will be making it to the STL one.

  • Sounds like un!

  • This is awesome, I am new to KBS shafts and a huge advocate. I absolutely love them, best shaft I’ve hit IMO (C-Tapers for my game), can’t wait to see what others think.

  • I love this idea. I’m really hoping to make it to the Iowa stop, and I’d love to take part in this. Feel is really important to me when it comes to clubs. I don’t have much experience with KBS shafts either so this would be very interesting.

  • Looking forward to feeling the KBS side of things, Des Moines is going to be a blast!

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  • I’m really excited to see what the smooth challenge is all about live in ATL. What a great idea!

  • Smooth is good so I’m ready for the smooth challenge!

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