2020 Bridgestone Tour B XS Prototype Ball Review April 18th 2020
Official MGS Forum Review by FiveGs
I'm a 49 year old stay-at-home dad of 2 who tries to plays golf once a week. The game of golf found me at 15 when a couple junior high buddies said " Let's tryout for the golf team! " I made the JV team and the rest is history. I have always been passionate about golf, but I never really got serious about it until we moved to San Diego in 2015. I have a golf swing built by watching YouTube videos and a couple of lessons when I attended The Golf Academy of America in Carlsbad. I've alway hovered in the 20-25 hcp. area playing only 3 or 4 times per year prior to 2015. Then I started playing once a week and practiced 2-3 times per week on a mission to the single digit handicap world. I got it down to a 15 a year ago, then 12, and finally after an entire equipment change I reached 9.9 right before COVID-19 hit. I work for The Golf Mart in San Diego as a Club Repair Technician so I've been able to hit a ton of shots on a GC Quad launch monitor to dry ball test the Tour B XS against my gamer the Titleist Pro V1. I hope you find the information in my finding's helpful and answer any questions you might have about the new Tour B XS.
I'm a high ball hitter that produces a lot of spin. I like a soft feeling ball that has a lower flight, low spin off driver, and mid-high spin off irons. My typical ball flight is slight draw, but I can work it both directions. My typical miss is a pull hook, usually when I decide to step on one. It's also very important that the ball feels soft off of the putter with a small amount of auditory feedback.
My first impression of the product when it arrived is I thought the packaging looked minimal and clean. I liked the simple labeling with individualized serial numbers per 2-ball pack as it added that wow factor and exclusivity to having them in my possession, and made me feel a bit cooler than normal when pulling one out of the box to tee one up in front of others. The ball itself looked clean with simple graphics and a unique dimple pattern. The color of the cover is not as white as the Pro V1 which I thought was odd, but maybe it's the new REACTIV material. The cover was as grippy and soft feeling as the Pro V, so no real difference there which is a good thing for me.
My testing process consisted of 5 rounds of golf, several shots on the GC Quad launch monitor, several chips and putts at a practice facility. My clubs that I used for the testing are as follows.
Driver: PXG 0811X Gen 2 10.5 / Graphite Design Tour AD TP 6s
7-Iron Titleist 718 MB / Project X 6.0 Rilfe
PW Titleist 718 MB / Project X 6.0 Rifle
56-10 S Grind Vokey SM7 with New Grooves
Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2
Looks & Durability (15 out of 15 points)
I felt the Tour B XS was very durable for a urethane premium ball, but not bulletproof. It faired well against the occasional tree and cart path interaction. The B XS is very smart looking with it's honeycomb - like dimple pattern and simple graphics. I don't like to look at a bunch of busy branding on a ball, and with just the large bold B logo and smallish model labeling It checks the box for me. I would like to see thinner font for the XS and maybe longer alignment arrows, but that's just me being picky.
Sound & Feel (15 out of 15 points)
I play the Pro V1 because of the soft/solid feel and muted sound it produces, and the Tour B XS is no different. It might even be a tad softer off the putter than the Pro V1, which is not a bad thing. When I would hit both ball off of the driver, irons, and wedges, I couldn't tell you which ball I had just hit as they are so similar.
On-Course Performance (40out of 40 points)
This is were the B XS starts to separate itself from the pack. Ball speed has noticeably been increased, and spin has come down which for me translates into more distance off of the tee and full shots. The B XS is probably one of the best wind balls I have ever played. It holds its line and does not balloon like others in a head wind which gives me more distance by 5-10 yards depending on the situation. 150-100 yard shots are accurate and spin high enough to hop and stop without spinning off the green on front pins. This is where I had trouble with the Pro V1 spinning too high. 50-100 yard shots seem to hold the green well without spinning back too much. 50 yards in I didn't see any difference between the two, which isn't a bad thing. Putting wise the B XS was consistent and didn't show any distance issues with jumping off the face or falling short.
5-Iron from 180 yards
Driver - Pro V1
Driver - B XS
7-Iron Pro V1
Miscellaneous (9out of 10 points)
PW B XS
PW Pro V1
Miscellaneous (9 out of 10 points)
This was a great experience and I want to thank My Golf Spy and Bridgestone for providing us testers with this amazing opportunity to test and review their new product. Although I would of liked to have received the balls earlier than we did for both a lengthier test window, and while the info on this ball was still in it's mysterious phase and the hype was high, I feel Bridgestone made up for it with the generous 36 ball testing sample. The VFIT process was really cool and a great concept. I think it's a good way to get people engaged with trying out the ball by providing a starting point for which ball to start with, and it gets close to the golfers parameters, but in my opinion is no means a replacement for a true green grass ball fitting with a launch monitor.
Game Bag or Shag Bag? (20 out of 20 points)
As a die hard Titleist fan, It would take an exceptional ball to de-throne the Pro V1. The Bridgestone Tour B XS has done just that. I will be my gamer and remain in the bag. This ball has ticked all the boxes for me and I think will for many premium urethane ball players.
For someone looking for a ball that feels good, has that solid thud sound when struck well, flies true and straight even in the wind, and looking for a little extra ball speed but still spins a ton, then this ball is your next one. I hope you enjoyed reading my take on this ball by Bridgestone that for me is a real game changer. This ball has allowed me the confidence to hit my numbers with accuracy, hit more fairways, and ultimately lower my handicap to a 9.9. There are no surprises with the B XS as every shot flies as it should. Bridgestone is known for their superior quality in manufacturing golf balls, and the new Tour B XS is no different.
Total Score 99 out of 100 points