Hi everyone! I’m a 58 year old that’s been playing (and loving) the game of golf since I was around 15. There’s been a lot of starts and stops in my “golf journey” due to my military career (Army 24 years) and family/ job requirements ever since retiring from the Army in 2007. About five years ago we moved to South Carolina and I was able to put in the time again to improve and enjoy the game. The area is great for courses open all year round and quality courses that won’t break the bank.
My love of the golf comes from the game’s ability to make me forget about everything except what I’m doing on the course. I haven’t found any other activity that’s brings relaxation and concentration together (for me) to the point I don’t think of anything else. No, my swing isn’t exactly pretty and my score won’t ever qualify me for a tournament with money at the end, but both keep me chasing my own version of perfection.
I’m a 16 handicap (finally trending downwards this year) and I play at least once a week November to March and at least twice a week March to October. I’m a member of a league (Charleston area “Hackers League) that keeps me motivated to improve. I’m “shorter stature” so I don’t normally chase the big distance numbers out of my equipment or the ball. I look for accuracy to keep me out of trouble. It seems like I’ve played every “soft feel” version of every manufacturers’ ball. The latest flavor has been the Titleist DT TruSoft. It gives me a nice combination of distance off the tee with a soft controlled feel around and on the green. I’ve taken lessons that have mostly gotten rid of my typical ball flight (slice) so now I hit drives that are low(ish) and straight with great run at landing. Iron shots are mostly high due to the Callaway Steelhead XR irons and hybrids I started playing last year.
Usually if I’m going to miss (GIR average about 15% so….yes) its left or right. I have my clubs dialed in for distance pretty well, but more about that later (teaser). Like I said, distance or approaches are definitely not the strength of my game. My short game is where I’ve put the most time and effort at this stage and it shows. My work around the green (chipping and pitching) is my strong suit.
When I signed up for the MGS review of the Bridgestone e12 Soft I had played Bridgestone’s e6 version and liked them but, they really didn’t have any advantage over the Titleists which were a bit less expensive to a (at the time) 20+ handicapper that was losing a few every round. I was excited to get picked and feel like I’m holding up the banner for the high mid handicappers.
The packaging looks similar to the previous model:
I’m not one to typically gush over marketing or hype of a product so….ok. The packaging at least comes off easily and makes them identifiable on the shelf? The ball has a clean look that’s much simpler than the e6 version. Similar to the classic looking Titleist, if not cleaner, at address.
I did my typical practice session before my first round with them which included chipping and putting on the practice green. The first thing that I saw was that they come off my club on chips a little higher but strangely, they seem to roll out just as far. I’m not quite sure how that is since I skipped a lot of my high school physics classes and it’ll be something to keep an eye on as I work with them. I liked the feel just as much as my Titleists. Putting was a good roll that sounded very similar to my gamers. Once I hit the course I saw, for me, the biggest difference. I’ll be getting into it a lot more I’m sure but with one round under my belt I shot very well and the distance was exceptional. Remember I said I’m not one to gush about a product? I like these, so far, very very much. They left me wondering about the tipping point of ball performance versus confidence in my ball striking due to their performance. Obviously I’m a fan so far but that’s for the coming weeks to see if it continues.