Bridgestone Tour B330 RXS Golf Ball Review
- September 28, 2011, 12:12 pm
- In Golf Balls
Bridgestone has been quietly jumping up the ladder as far as the golf ball market is concerned. One of the areas in which they have strived to match their competition in is tour-level golf balls, known as the Tour B330 line. The first two balls that Bridgestone came out with, the Tour B330 and B330S, were a huge success and are currently used by PGA Tour players such as Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, and Davis Love III. Since then Bridgestone has come out with a new type of golf ball, one that provides tour level performance for amateur players, known as the RX line. The RX line includes the B330 RX, which is more geared for players looking for distance, and the B330 RXS, which is geared for players looking for more short iron spin. I decided to give the Bridgestone B330 RXS golf ball a try to see if it can really provide tour performance for amateur golfers (those with swing speeds less than 105 miles per hour).
Even through the B330 RX is supposed to offer more distance as opposed to the RXS, I found the RXS to have great distance both off the tee and in the fairway. The distance was certainly comparable to that of a Pro V1 or a Callaway Tour golf ball. On average I was getting about 3 to five yards extra distance on both my iron and wood shots, which is certainly surprising to find in a golf ball. If anything it proves that in order to increase distance one of the first things to try out is better golf equipment such as new clubs or balls such as the B330 RXS.
When it came to the short game, I was also pleasantly surprised to find out how well it performed. There wasn’t very much backspin on say 75 yard pitch shots, but how many amateur golfers are really looking for that to happen when hitting a pitch shot from that distance? In either case, the ball did stop quickly whenever I wanted it to, not only on pitch shots but also when it came to chipping. Whenever I needed to hit a bump and run chip the ball would always check up. The Bridgestone B330 RXS golf ball also feels great when putting. There is a very useful putting alignment on it that makes it easier to line up putts where you want them to go.
As far as negatives, the only major one that I found came in regards to shots into the green using mid to high irons. The golf ball just would not stay on the green no matter what I tried; it would hit the green and then just keep rolling. How can a supposed tour-level performance golf ball not provide decent spin for mid and long iron shots? Also, I found it a bit harder to shape shots with as opposed to similar balls such as the Pro V1. The ball is fine if trying to hit low or high shots, but it seemed to exaggerate fades and draws, making them instead slices and hooks.
Overall it is a very solid golf ball for amateurs looking for a high performance golf ball. It provides distance comparable to any other golf ball on the market today and could even add a few extra yards to your iron and wood shots. It is also great for the short game as well, but one should be a little cautious when it comes to mid to long irons shots when hitting into the green.
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