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Corporate Headquarters: Carlsbad, California


Category: Equipment


David Chuang, President

Rob Cheng, CEO

Caitlin Minville, Sales Manager

Larry Bodle, Vice President, Operations

Kim Braly, Director of Research and Development and Tour Operations

Founded in 2008 and created by renowned shaft designer Kim Braly, KBS has been forged from Tour player feedback to become one of the fastest growing and most innovative golf shaft brands in the industry. Since its inception, over 150 professionals have adopted KBS shafts.

KBS shafts incorporate unique and advanced designs to provide golfers maximum feel and performance throughout their entire golf bag.

A range of KBS graphite shafts. (Photo courtesy:


Manufactured in partnership with FEMCO Steel Technology (FST), KBS’s current product line focuses on over 30 different shaft models. All KBS products available through the company’s major golf club manufacturing partners, retailers, dealers, golf club fitters, and aftermarket consumers, as well as directly on its website. The company boasts the fastest growing steel shaft brand in the industry.

KBS developer Kim Braly was an accomplished amateur golfer and the son of the inventor of DynaPhase golf clubs, which were the first mass-market offering made with titanium. With tour testing as a pillar of the company, Kim and his father operated one of the PGA Tour’s first “tour vans.”

Prior to forming KBS, Braly was an responsible in developing and running production for proprietary steel shafts for several OEMs. Braly was also responsible for patenting Frequency Matching for graphite shafts and was the creator behind revolutionary stepless RIFLE and Project X shafts.

Today, the KBS Golf Experience in Carlsbad delivers a world-class fitting and shaft analysis facility that has the capability to provide complete new equipment builds as well as retrobuilds for existing clubs with the highest of tour standards.


Among steel shaft makers, KBS is something of a darling for the professionals and equipment enthusiasts who have followed Kim Braly’s innovative work over the years.

The KBS Tour family of shafts has a serious pedigree, with a strong commitment to feedback from Tour golfers and other high-level players. As the game’s best players focused more on strength and athleticism over the years, KBS’s steel shafts have followed a similar progression – carefully crafted for today’s players, rather than those from the previous generation.

This type of thinking has elevated Braly (and now his company) to the unique position he occupies in the equipment space.

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