KBS 610 Wedge Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
The debate between specialty wedges and set wedges may still be raging; but in my mind the argument is pretty much settled.
I prefer a nice specialty wedge. I have specialty wedges in my bag and I like to think that I’m good enough to not need the forgiveness of set wedges – although my score proves otherwise more often than not.
But even on days when I’m off, I like the feel of a specialty wedge. So I was pretty excited to test the KBS 610 Wedge shaft. If all went well, I would even make them my gamer shafts. But let’s take a look at how the test went first.
KBS 610 Wedge Shaft Overview
The KBS 610 Wedge looks every bit the KBS shaft. It has a polished chrome finish, a stepped design and very minimal branding.
Thesingular band in the middle is black with red lettering to indicate the brand, model and weight. Overall, I would say the KBS 610 Wedge is on the lighter side of wedge shafts. The heaviest is an extra stiff flex version that weighs in at 125 grams.
The KBS 610 Wedge shaft has a firm butt section and a stiff tip section. I was smitten after my first swing with my 60 degree lob wedge. It was a straight up and down shot onto an elevated green and even before I took my swing, I could feel that this shaft was going to be my friend. The stiff tip section gave me full control over the driver head and I was able to get just under the ball to pop it high and give it some spin. The result was a near-perfect flop shot that almost landed pin high.
With my sand wedge, the control was still there. I was looking at a full shot from 107 yards out and I was able to flight the ball down a bit while still getting the spin I needed to reduce roll out. I’ve probably gotten a little too deep into the actual performance of this shaft but the point I’m trying to illustrate is that the KBS 610 Wedge feels incredibly controlled. I tested the KBS 610 Wedge in stiff flex (120g) and even at this weight point, I got the firm feeling that I crave in wedge shafts.
Why is the KBS 610 Wedge So Popular?
Probably because it is a wedge-specific shaft from KBS.
After having tested it, I can assert with confidence that KBS put as much time, love and effort into this shaft as their world-class iron shafts. This is the kind of shaft that can elevate the short game play of mid and low handicappers.
How Does the KBS 610 Wedge Perform?
Even on full swings with my sand wedge, the KBS 610 Wedge was incredibly controlled.
The very slight kick is in the middle and it’s just enough to give you some extra distance for those longer knock down shots. Personally, I find the knockdown shot from about 120 yards out to be one of the most difficult shots in golf. I typically see my ball sail well past the pin and sometimes off the green itself.
But with the KBS 610 Wedge shaft, I was able to impart enough spin from distance to hold firm greens. I couldn’t really ask for more from this shaft in terms of performance. On chip shots, I was easily able to get the ball high enough to land soft on fast greens. The club head stability was phenomenal on full shots and I felt very confident in my chips and pitches.
Being a lighter wedge shaft than what I was used to, I was fearing the pop up when I was closer to the pin. But that wasn’t an issue with this shaft either. The firmer, wider diameter butt allowed for excellent control over trajectory. While I would expect a drop-off in control and performance in the lighter-flex versions of this shaft, the stiff flex was right up my alley.
KBS 610 Wedge Shaft Specs
|Specs||KBS 610 Wedge|
|Available flexes||Regular, Regular+, Stiff, Extra Stiff|
|Weight||110g, 115g, 120g, 125g|
What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
Regular and regular+ would be a good choice if you are a moderate swing speed player and find yourself taking a lot of full wedge swings.
Stiff and extra stiff is better for fast swing speed players.
What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
The 110g and 115g versions would be good for 75-85 MPH swingers while the 120g and 125g versions would work for 85-95 MPH swingers.
Why is it So Good?
The KBS 610 Wedge is an excellent shaft because it allows for acute control over distance, trajectory and spin.