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Official Forum Member Review - Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 Wedges

 

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Hello fellow MGS readers, contributors and golf addicts….

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This is my first review for MGS so I don't want to screw it up. In stage 1 we're to introduce ourselves as testers for the new Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 wedges. So here it goes -

 

I'm 37 years old and I've played golf seriously since age 14, prior to that I played but it was more about driving the cart instead of hitting the ball LOL. I've been as low as a +0.4 handicap but since getting married and having kids I'm probably around a 5. I don't know because I play all over with no home club and don't pay for a handicap. I shoot between 68 and 78 but if I shoot over 79 it feels like I should be giving up the game and the world will end at any moment. I know for those of you that have never broken 80 you're rolling the eyes but it's the truth. If a pro shoots 72-72 they're probably missing the cut and going home. I play a pretty well rounded game. I'm only 5'7 @ 130lbs. soaking wet but swing the driver around 113mph. I've played a natural draw my entire life but I have a two way miss like most everyone besides the chronic slicer. I love practicing the wedges though. I know that its drive for show and short game for dough. If you miss a green getting up and down is the difference between 80 and 72 – I promise. Miss 7 greens and don't get up and down but it still counts as 7 additional shots right!

 

I've played several tournaments and can say I've won a few and also taken second a hand full of times. Some of them were gambling events (shootouts, Calcutta's, etc.) so I've got about 10K in lifetime winnings. I went through the USGTF back in 2006 and took home 2nd place medalist honors in the playing ability test. So it's divisive to say I'm a fairly accomplished golfer.

 

My strength is my length but my weakness is not practicing enough LOL. I'll include at least a few videos of my swing, etc. so we can get a visual on ball flight, etc. I'll probably get a short session at an indoor golf place to get numbers and visuals shot tracer style.

 

The wedges I'll be testing are the all new TOUR B XW-1 wedges. Recently I went to a Titleist Thursday's event and went through a 1 hour plus wedge fitting and was fit for the SM7 54 and the 58 in S grind – this should give you a little idea of what type of swinger I am. For the most part I'm a digger driver and loved the Scratch wedges from back in the day in the DD grind.

 

The wait was almost unbearable but in truth they actually got here allot quicker than I had thought.

 

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My yardages currently for my Ping Glide 2.0's 50, 54 and 58 are: 130 yards, 115 yards and 105 yards. So the shortest club in the bag goes 105 and I use the 58 degree from 105 and in unless green contours, wind or something else is influencing the yardage or shot. I like to open and close the face so hearing there's a little heal toe relief is a nice surprise.

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Here's the Bridgestone story: “The all new TOUR B XW-1 wedges provide a classic teardrop shape with several enhancements over previous models. The new Tour grind sole offers increased heel and toe relief for playability from all lies. We have also updated the micro milling pattern to a parallel mill pattern for more spin and control. The XW-1 Wedges feature a True Temper DG Spinner stock shaft and Golf Pride Multi-compound Black stock grip. The XW-1 wedges are available in 6 loft options, 2 finish options, and are offered in right handed models only.”

All the info is available on their website here: https://www.bridgestonegolf.com/en-us/clubs/wedges/tour-b-xw1-satin-chrome

 

These babies are beauties and they really fill out the bag nicely.

 

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I was shocked to read these are ONLY $99!!!!! An amazing bargain? The. I saw price drops to 79.99. Wowzers. Testing will tell the true story. The most important thing to me is feel and turf interaction. I hit every type of shot you can think of from stock shots to knock downs, high towering ones, 1 hop stop checkers, fades or draws, shots that spin back to flop shots. So turf interaction will be a big deciding factor if they're staying in the bag or not.

I love the clean look to these. Minimal paint fill. The only area where there is paint is where it says Tour B and XW-1.

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LOTS more to come. I'll do lots of pictures along with maybe a video or two or three….I'm a ham for the camera. The pictures don't do it justice. Its serious eye candy, almost too pretty to hit! Stay tuned for more coming soon.

 

Thanks again MGS for this opportunity and picking me!

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Allow me to reintroduce myself:

 

I consider myself a good golfer because in my opinion a great golfer makes a living doing it or has a plus 2.5 or better index that they can play to at any course in the world.  I've gotten the old handicap down to 1.8 index which isn't bad at all.  I consider it respectable for the level of skill I once had.  So we've been testing these wedges now for a good part of the entire summer or at least it has seemed that way.  Many had the wedges 3 to 4 weeks prior to stage 1's being posted so many have formed their opinions and I had some worries about these wedges.  Will the shafts work out alright, will it be chunk city with the small amount of bounce, etc.  Well the shafts are great.  Every once in a while I hit one way too far but that is probably me not the shafts – this is me swallowing pride LOL.

 

This whole process of testing, writing and testing more is so much fun.  This is the type of thing I envy those who get to do it for a living.  I love it when occasionally Titleist sends me a prototype ball to try out.  Recently SuperStroke sent me their new Winn style grip to test and I just put it on the 58 degree Bridgestone because I figure what better way to test feel, control and managing the face than on a premium forged wedge right?  I'll definitely post a review about their new grips BTW.  But I digress.  We are here to learn more about how these beauties.

 

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Looks:  9/10

In the looks department these are some of the best looking wedges out there.  I really love the overall shape except for one issue.  The leading edges vary from club to club.  The 50 and 58 degree look great to me.  The leading edge is a little more square or straight across.  The 54 on the other hand has a rounded leading edge.  I'm sure this might have been designed into the club since I've heard from other testers their 56 degrees have a rounded leading edge.  I'm assuming perhaps most play their 54 and 56 as a straight sand wedge and in the sand when you don't even make contact with the ball this might help out.  There is a neat little B badge on the back which Bridgestone calls ‘forged mass technology'.  So this nice design feature is there for a reason – to provide a nice solid weight behind the hitting area.  It also looks sexy as hell. LOL  Its nice having two functions there.

 

Here is the 50, 54 and 58 Bridgestone's where I'm attempting to show leading edge: The top wedge is the 50, the middle the 54 (see how much area there is between the groove and the rounded front edge) and the one at the bottom is the 58 (which I think looks the best)

 

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For me I prefer a flatter/straighter leading edge.  This helps with alignment and you can play more shots with it.  Even ones you don't practice – for instance god forbid you break a putter but ever tried to putt with a rounded leading edge?  LOL the ball goes where ever it wants.  What about bellying the wedge?  A rounded leading edge causes the same issue of direction control.  I just feel a straighter leading edge is more versatile.  Because of the 54 degree wedge having this rounded leading edge and overall lower bounce than I'd like I cannot give 10 out of 10 but come on – LOOK at these!  They are so sexy.  Some would call plain, I call them bling!

 

I'm going to include some pictures of a few wedges for comparisons – these are flatter leading edges

 

Here is a Ping Glide 2.0  - 50 and 58 degree in the SS grind:

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Here is a Scratch 1080 and 8620 both 58 degree in the digger/driver bounce option they had:

 

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Sound & Feel:  9/10

 

Sound and feel – these are forged.  They feel like butter that's been softened up to easily spread on the softest of breads.  Can you picture it?  Do you need to run to the kitchen to make some wonderful toast with real butter?  The sound is a nice one. It is solid but not harsh.  It is soft but not deadened like a wooden driver or something.  It is a sound you'll recognize if you play forged clubs or have had the pleasure of nutting a forged club for that matter.  It sounds crisp, solid and overall wonderful.  I wish I knew more words to describe it besides ‘it sounds great and feels great' but that is what keeps coming to mind.

 

With wedges especially they usually don't have flexing faces for distance, etc.  They don't have super huge cavities or areas of the club with floating faces, etc.  They are usually solid pieces of steel.  Some are cast, some are forged.  We're not seeing a whole lot of different materials fused together via lazar welds or something.  These are softer than a cast wedge feels even with any sort of elastomer put in there.  These sound like a solid piece of steel and when you hit them in the sweet spot the feel/sound travel through the hands, up the arms and straight into your heart.

 

I say all this based on the assumption you can hit the ball effectively and aren't in the market for ci3 wedges or some wild contraption you can only use for chipping.  I laugh every time I see one because I can't imagine having a club only used for one thing.  Back to the review…..

 

Range Performance:  17/20

 

I consider this score a high one.  At the range - either off mats or grass these performed wonderfully.  Since I'm not usually hitting half or three quarter shots since range balls are not good for practicing distance control – I believe MGS had a test on range balls showing a 6 iron can travel anywhere from 140 to 210 yards with varying range balls using same person with good strikes – I'm not working on hitting 75 yards, 80, 85, etc. not with range balls man.  So I usually hit full shots.  I work on some trajectory control when the mood strikes me but usually just hitting that stock shot or maybe working it left to right, right to left – just seeing what can be done.  How high can I launch it, etc.  I do work a bit on distance like attempting to hit the 100 yard flag or something but I'm not attempting to fine tune as much.  I do this with the balls I play with – Titleist pro v 1 or pro v1x, Callaway chrome soft or soft x, Taylormade TP5 or TP5x – I'm sure you're seeing basically tour level balls and that is the type I play with except for oddly Bridgestone balls – never been a fan, sorry guys – hey change my mind by sending me some ;)  Hahaha.  Can't blame a guy for trying.

 

So these can basically do anything you're asking.  You can turn the toe down and hit little draws that go lower, this also reduces the effective bounce on the club which is great for chipping from tight lies.  If you have issues try that – turn the toe down and stand tall/upright/closer to the ball for chip shots of tight lies – you'll be surprised I think.  You can open them to increase effective bounce but a little more heal relief would be great in the 58 degree to allow a flop shot of tight/hard lies – these will get skulled over the green.  Not many practice this at the range but around the chipping green – I'm including those in this range section.

 

At Mill Creek in Batavia Illinois they have a practice hole near the entrance – you can go anywhere from 240 out and hit shots into the green which is large with three pins set at different locations.  There is a large shelf that dissects the green diagonally so you need to either avoid it or use it.  I shot several videos one day with a buddy and happen to hole out from 80 yards.  You'll see these stop nicely but for a brand new wedge they do not cut or even scuff the cover.  For comparisons a new Vokey rips the cover off and I'll see pieces of ball stuck in the grooves for the first few months of ownership LOL.  These stopped nice without rip back spin.

 

 

Videos of the session: Sorry for the music – I didn't want these removed due to copyright infringement because I had real music playing during the session that was drowned out by crickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On-Course Performance:  33/40

 

On course performance is one of the hardest things because different courses have different grasses, different days brings different conditions, etc.  At the range it is basically all the same outside of wind conditions.  The major reason for deducting here is due to bounce and the 54 degree leading edge causing reduced overall playability from a variety of conditions.  I'm not able to afford nor am I pompous enough to say ‘yea I got 4 different 3 wedge setups for various conditions; you never know what you'll encounter'.

 

These do awesome from firmer to regular conditions for me.  They are great for chipping, pitching, flops, bump and runs, etc.  You can sometimes hit the one stop check and roll out a little.  I'd say the one thing I wasn't able to accomplish was the shot that seemingly throws out the parachute – you know the one.  Hit it hard, coming in too hot, bounce, bounce, STOPS dead….well seeing how the grooves are good but not as sharp as say Cleveland's or Vokey's I wasn't able to hit this shot but I'm capable of doing it.  I'll admit not often do I pull it out because it's more of a teenager thing wanting to show off because its not the high percentage play.

 

My first attempt at a bunker shot came on a day I was cruising along at even par and on the 8th hole I hit one but got a gust of wind causing the ball to come up short in a deep bunker.  I wanted max bounce so I grabbed the 54 degree which has 10 degrees – I know not a lot but the most I had in this Bridgestone line up – never practiced yet out of bunkers with them until on a course – I hit the sucker to 6 inches.  1 hop, stop dead next to the pin.  It was a nice high shot too.  I've since hit many from bunkers and really like how they work for me.  I'd say extremely fluffy sand will require more bounce to slap the sand correctly to make that match sticking a match box sound.  Firm sand is great too for these – they handle it with ease.  Deep rough you can open the face and get the leading edge fairly close but again there not heal relief so you risk hitting the dreaded skull.

 

I worked so much with these on the course by going during times they aren't busy and being able to play alone without anyone following – this way I could go to 130 – 50 yards and hit about 5-6 shots with each club.  This way I was able to see what a knock down 50 degree would react – flight was nice and piercing with plenty of stopping power – maybe even too much sometimes. LOL.  The 54 was my go to 115 yard club.  I absolutely loved seeing 112 yards to pin on the range finder because I knew – take the 54, hit it decent and the distance was spot on without crazy spin, etc.  When it comes to the 58 degree I'd play it about 105 max but 100 was more comfortable for me.  I'm not sure about you but oddly when I try to hit the 100 yard shot sometimes I hit it 110 LOL but when I try to hit the 105 yard max it would go straight up in the air and only go about 100. HAHAHA.  So I found leaning toward the target to focus 85% of my weight on the lead foot got me hitting down a little more and thus getting the proper distance out of her.  No more surprising 110 yarders with my 100 yard club.  This is the part I was blaming on the shaft but after seeing several tour players using this exact shaft I knew it wasn't a shaft thing and more of a my fault thing.

 

Sitting behind the ball on beautiful short grass these look almost too nice to hit.  Sitting in the bag all shinned up looks amazing!  No paint or at least not a lot of it is awesome.

 

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The reason I'm deducting some points here is mostly due to the lower bounce on the clubs.  I'm more of a higher bounce player.  Talk to anyone who specializes in wedge fittings and they'll across the board say ‘everyone I've ever fit needs more bounce than they are playing'.  It's a combination of the courses we play and how are arms, wrists, elbows, stance, ball position, and technique all work together to hit the ball.  Don't think ‘oh I'm not a tour player so I need a ton of bounce' because of lot of them have higher bounce clubs that are either in the bag or cycle into the bag depending on course.  Yes they also spend about 30 hours a week on their short games too so think what you want.

 

I'd love to see the 50 with about 10 to 12 degrees of bounce, the 54 with 14 degrees of bounce and the 58 with about 14 degrees of bounce with heal and trailing edge relief.  This would be my ultimate setup because nothing out there looks as good as these.  Put them up against any forged club and you can't tell the difference.  BUT only costing 100 or less for these vs most other forged wedges commanding a 200 dollar price tag!@#@$!!!!! - - These are the absolute steal of the century! 

 

 

 

Play it or Trade it?  16/20

 

This is another category that is hard to score and do it without bias.  For years and years I've wanted a set (50,54 and 58) of Vokey's with the specs I need.  I mentioned them above but here it is again: 50 degree with full flange and 10-12 degrees of bounce, 54 degree with camber plus 14 degrees of bounce, a 58 with toe/heal and trailing edge relief but still 12-14 degrees of bounce.  I just can't afford 150/piece times 3!

 

BUT these are so amazingly good and if you consider the price it is almost a no brainer.  If I played courses that were more expensive (60 and up we'll say) I'd probably encounter the firmer conditions these really shine in.  I'm usually looking to play for 35 or less including cart and those courses tend to have drainage issues, conditioning that is less than stellar, rough that is longer maybe not as thick but a lot of times its unkempt.  So more bounce is needed in my opinion but for those playing a nicer course or firmer conditions these wedges cannot be beat.  They will keep up or beat anything else out there.  They come with premium shafts and grips to boot.  They've definitely earned a spot in the bag though.  I can't bring myself to sell or trade them because 1 – I'm a pack rat, I'm always thinking I'll need something the moment it goes into the trash or it is sold, 2 – they're sentimental for me – the first things I've gotten from MGS and it means a lot the site trusted me to review these.

 

I think I'll always keep them because I do like them a lot and they are so much newer than my current wedges so they spin better and since I've practiced SOOO much with them; my gamers aren't my gamers anymore.  Gamers are clubs you play all the time with.  I don't think you can take gamers out, practice all summer long and hit literally 1000's of shots with each club only to say ‘no I like the old ones better.'  You grow accustomed.  Here is how I know – I brought my gamers back out recently and they felt foreign to me.  I've got them weighted up with lead and different shafts, etc – the feel is completely different.  I'm not sure I can go back to them as easily as I first thought.  At first I thought I'd play with 6 wedges in the bag to compare, etc. and then I realized – the bag is too heavy, not enough space and if you're going to commit to testing you need to commit – take the gamers out, leave them in the trunk and play the new clubs you've practiced with.  I'm very particular about feel and weight.  I can tell the difference if we put a 1 inch piece of lead on the club head vs none.  So after so much practice I adjusted.  My mind said ‘this is what feels good now' and so the older wedges feel heavy and feel less maneuverable.  Overall I like a heavier club and will eventually probably put some lead on the backs of these which feels like a sin to cover up what is so sexy.

 

 

 

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Conclusion/Summary:

To summarize this entire review would be: Sexy, forged club, beats anything in this price range by 100 miles, premium feel, premium shaft, premium grip, premium forging, premium everything with a bargain basement price.  What is the catch right?

 

I wish they had more bounce options but that would probably drive the price up to where other top manufacturers are $149 – $200.  The thing about wedges – if you have 2, 3, or 4 – price has to come into the equation.  Unlike any other club, you're buying 3 or 4 of them.  So 150 isn't bad for a club but 450 for 3 and you'll need them every year ideally but can survive going 2-3 years between purchasing new ones.  Irons you shouldn't be constantly changing.  If you do you've either got money to absolutely burn, think a new arrow will suddenly make you robin hood, or some combo of both.  LOL.  Irons should last about a decent amount of time – I'm thinking something around 10 years unless you've aged to the point you need something different but you don't need new ones frequently.  Wedges receive the most use usually and we want sharp grooves that can stop the ball, once those become compromised you need new ones.  According to club champion golf its about 500 shots – I know, I LMAO at that figure too because I feel most cannot afford to get a new wedge each time they hit 500 shots with it.

 

I'll put it this way: your wedges account for 50-60 percent of all shots taken assuming you're playing the correct tees for the skill and length you hit the ball – you should typically hit between 8/7 iron and down into par 4s, same with par 3's and par 5's that are too long to reach in 2 you should be laying up to your ideal yardage – most feel that is 100 yards.  So I'm hitting a ton of wedge shots.  I'd say on a given round I'm hitting wedge almost every hole – I'm including the chip shots around the green, sand shots around the green, etc.  Those are all wedge shots.  Since wedges account for so much having decent ones in the bag is a must or you'll be losing shots based on spin rates, etc.  That is stupid.  Hit the perfect shot to see it land and roll off the back?  So a tap in birdie becomes a tough up and down for par or maybe bogey.  That turns a 72 into a 79 real quick and you're left feeling it wasn't your fault.

 

Truly Quick Summary:

 

These wedges are great.  I cannot say enough great things about them.  The look is amazing.  The feel is exactly what you'd expect: buttery smooth.  The value is outstanding: premium forged head, premium shaft, premium grip, premium build quality and premium quality control – all at a price most can swallow.  They perform as good as or better than anything else out there.  In the end the only detractor is can you find one that fits your game?  I'd like a little more bounce but other than that these are incredibly playable wedges that look and feel great with price tags that don't break the bank.

 

 

 

 Final Score: 84/100

 

I want to say ‘Thank you so much' to MyGolfSpy for picking me for this testing and a HUGE ‘Thank you' to Bridgestone for providing the tools to test.  I really hope I didn't let anyone down during this process.  I feel it is a large responsibility to take anything in exchange for a review – the review better be good and you better try your best.  It was unbiased and honest.  The scores aren't perfect and don't feel 84/100 is bad.  It is just a few things here or there but overall – they're staying in the bag.

 

 

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Well, well, well...

 

So I've had a wonderful time testing these wedges. I have about 14 rounds on them, and at least 50 additional hours testing at the practice facility, range, and chipping green.

 

I tried to use the simulator but it wasn't set up properly and everything was spinning 5805 RPM from driver to putter that day... yes I tried the putter just to see what happened.

 

I recently listened to a podcast with Tom Watson, and he said “I can tell within 3 swings of a club is worth a damn”... it only took one for me.

 

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LOOKS 9.5 / 10

 

So these things aren't as small I thought they would be, they are a very nice traditional shaped wedge, with a nice round toe. I did notice that the 56 has a smidge more offset/hosel transition difference than the 52° or the 60° and a slightly more square look overall, but still round.

 

The overall looks are pretty sharp, my dad, his buddy, and my boss all commented on how sweet they looked.

 

Plus the lack of carbon fiber, orange paint fill, neon whatever's is nice. Just a classic forged blade wedge. Top Notch

 

The thing I didn't like is the bright chrome finish, when the sun is out... you need welding glasses if you open the blade at all. The grooves framed the ball nicely though. So this is where the .5 deduction from the looks category comes from.

 

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SOUND AND FEEL 15 / 10

 

As you've been reading... these are the best feeling golf club I've ever hit. These things are just pure, there is now way around it. I play Titleist PV1x's for the most part, but I tried some BStone B330S', and Srixon Z-Star...

 

The Z-Star Tour B XW-1 wedge combo is a match made in heaven. When struck it just melts like butter in a hot pan off the face...

 

Yes.. you read that correctly, THE BEST FEELING GOLF CLUB I HAVE EVER HIT.

 

It is a very muted smooth sound off the face, you do get a nice crisp response but it isn't clicky at all. I really can't put the feeling into words. Think tennis ball off racquet... mmm mmm good.

 

I really enjoy hitting these wedges, so it was a treat to have a 120 and in shot. They inspire confidence for me.

 

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RANGE PERFORMANCE 19 / 20

 

So I picked out the best range balls I could find out of the bucket, washed them, and wiped them off before taking full swings.

 

My first shot was with a gamer ball... my goodness. I set the 60 down and set up for a low flighted 50 yard shot, and I'll be damned if it didn't do exactly what I told it to... I use that first shot as my judge, and my inspiration for the rest of the year.

 

I set up at the right hand side of the range usually. And I have several drills I do. The range is 50 yards wide, and I try to go when no one is there so I can use the range stalls as targets, they are about 7 yards apart, and 2 feet deep by the markers. So at 50, 43, 36, 29 yards my target is land in the middle of those 2' areas. So it is a really challenge.

 

Then I aim at the 50 yard marker out on the range, the 75, and 100.

 

I will use any club in the bag from those distances, but usually it's the 56°, or 60°.

 

This is where these clubs shined, I prefer them on partial shots over full swings. The errors in the distance was from my swing, but if I dialed up a 100 yard 56 it was going near that, and online. Same with the other clubs.

 

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Accuracy was far better than my other wedges. No disparities in distance unless it was my fault.

 

Surprised that the thin shots still made full distance, and even some of the heavy ones did rather well.

 

So the workability of these wedges... man, I can't score it high enough. I had to try really hard (like REALLY HARD) to change the flight shape of my Taylormade and Cobra wedges... Bridgestone should mention that these things come with auto pilot, they are so easy to maneuver around, more on this in the on course part.

 

Distance was spot on what I expected. 56 is right around 100 yards, 60 was about 80, and 52 was right around 117 with a smooth pass at the ball, could add if needed.

 

The trajectory on a regular stock shot was somewhere in the middle, not too high, not too low, but just right. Exactly what I was looking for.

 

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ON COURSE 34 / 40

 

So me and this 52 don't get along too well, but I believe it is the shaft. I've had a couple shots where I was trying to take some off it and I'd get a huge jump and end up 20 yards long. They do have the regular DG Spinner while True Temper Recommends the DG Spinner + (these shafts have been discontinued)...

 

But those few outliers can be forgiven. I absolutely love the shaft, head, and grip combo. The shafts are absolutely wonderful in the 56 and 60. I have been on the hunt for the Spinner + for the 52.

 

So I played Belvedere with my dad over the summer with these wedges, and he was calling me Tiger. Just point and shoot with these things, most of you know I like to shape almost everything... and these wedges give you the option to send them to the moon, somewhere in the middle, and my new favorite... the fly pin height and stop dead... (I could not do this with the cobra wedges). They are so dang fun to hit. I was throwing 50 - 100 yard shots in from high, med, and low. I didn't want to stop playing that day. It was the perfect playground for these wedges.

 

The 60-70 yard range is my favorite. I can use the 56 or 60 from that range.... and get the same trajectory, with varying spin. Effortlessly... just dial it up and they'll do exactly what you say.

 

These things give me confidence, the sound, the feel, my previous shots with them... I can step up to any shot under any sort of pressure and count on steady results.

 

So as I've said I almost bought the J-15 wedges... well, I am pretty sure I will be buying more Bridgestone products after this review, the quality of the build, the customer service, the performance, the lack of extra graphics... they have earned my respect, and I really can't believe they aren't played more.

 

The only thing I would change is getting them with the black oxide head... which I may just do anyways if you all haven't bought them up after reading about how good they are.

 

I am a wedge guy, and these are at the top of my list of recommendations.

 

Now comes The durability question. So 14 rounds and 50+ hours of practice and they are hardly showing signs of wear... if anything they are wearing better than my previous two gamer sets. So if you have been reluctant to buy forged wedges because of wear... you are missing out. Remember... these are the best feeling clubs I have ever hit.

 

The 4 point deduction here is for the 52 and it's erratic partial shots.

 

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PLAY IT OR TRADE IT 20 / 20

 

These are in the bag till I wear the grooves out. I love them. They are my favorite clubs I've owned. They've helped my already good short game get better.

 

I'm also a firm believer that everyone should try forged blades. So if you are a high/med/low handicap get on out there and try them. They will likely perform as well or better than most stock OEM wedges from the big well known brands... just get over the fact that it isn't the number one wedge on tour. But I am willing to guess they'll be the talk of league night, club championships, bets with buddies... they are just good.

 

Conclusion

 

Go buy a set. If you haven't tried forged wedges regardless of the brand (obviously these are my favorites) you are seriously missing out. They are performers, in relation to cars I would put them in the Super Car category of wedges. Control, control, control... that's what they'll give you.

 

 

Overall:

 

97.5 / 100

 

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Welcome back folks! As you all may remember, Stage 1 of the Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 wedge review was just as much about us, the reviewers as it was about the clubs. We provided y'all with some insight to our individual capabilities, history with the sport, and what this review opportunity means to us on a personal level.

 

Now moving on..

 

And as a very wise man once said…

 

 

I really wanted to combine as wide a variety of testing mediums as I could conjure up in my head and have available. In my stage 1, I mentioned that I'm a follower of many YouTube golf channels. While I may not have the know-how and resources that those guys have, I know what I like to see and what information means the most to me as a golf enthusiast. I'll do my best to present what information I feel will make the biggest difference to those who are tuning in.

 

As we all know, golf is not a circus of one-trick-ponies, and wedges in particular are as multifaceted as any club in the bag can be. My testing consisted of about 15 rounds played on a mix of long and short courses, 10 “true” range sessions, chipping and bunker green practice, and roughly 15 simulated range sessions with a launch monitor hitting from a mat. Additionally, I wanted to address as many of the forum questions as possible with photos, video, and practice data to show the interestees that I've been listening.

 

 

Now moving on to the formatted portion of the review.

 

Looks (9/10)

 

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The shape as you all can see is as classic as any wedge shape available. Very teardrop-esque. They are a slightly smaller profile than I am used to from my previous wedges. What's odd is that while appearing a tad more compact at address, there's absolutely no loss of confidence when squaring up to the ball.

 

When we received the assignment, of course the first thing I could do was to look for as many photos as of the clubs that I could find. I'll admit that the first thing that stuck out to me, and what probably sticks out to most is the large B logo stamped in the middle of an abstractly shaped hexagon on the back side of the club. This sort of reminds me of an old wax seal stamp on some ancient scroll of infinite wisdom. I really wasn't sure how put-off I would be, but I was certain that I wasn't going to be a huge fan. Well that quickly changed when I received the clubs. What appears to be an eyefull in the pictures is quite discrete and not distracting at all. That change in opinion was supported further after learning that there is method to the madness with the “B stamp”.

 

I think that Bridgestone definitely could have gone a few directions as far as paint-fill and graphic representation. I'm glad though that they didn't go any further. I feel that the paint-fill is just enough without going overboard and the graphics are just the right amount to be considered clean and classic. Less is definitely more when it comes to wedges. These are all function with no fillers and that is music to my eyes.

 

As for the overall appearance, I'm going to say that these clubs check all of the boxes. Thin top line, classic shape, minimal graphics without unnecessary distractions, perfect profile size, and confidence-inspiring at address. Shot after shot, I can look down at the club next to the ball and say “OK do your thing!” and know that I won't be disappointed.

 

As for attracting attention from other players, it's not so much the clubs that attract attention but what I'm able to do with them that gets people asking questions.

 

I am still in full debate as to whether I should pick up the black oxidized wedges to match my current Maltby DBM (Diamonized Black Metal) finish irons. I'm currently enjoying the chrome and flat black contrast in my set aesthetics. That said, the chrome finish is not off putting in the slightest. The matte texture against plain chrome is a pretty classy look IMO without saying “hey look at me”.

 

Why not 10 out 10 you might ask? I concede to my own ridiculousness, but I would imagine that a 10/10 score would be reserved for something that perhaps the Almighty himself would forge from celestial matter. My apologies if my comment appears blasphemous. But we all know the Lord is a scratch golfer.

 

Sound & Feel (10/10)

 

I'll start by saying that I'm no stranger to the feel of a forged club getting close and personal with a urethane cover ball. The feeling is well... (insert 70's funk music) yeah.. you get the point..  :blush: My current irons are forged from 1020 (the softer of the available carbons) and reward me dearly whenever I hit the ball on the numbers (thank you Maltby). 

 

The Tour B wedges are forged but from 1025 which is just a tad harder but given the obstacles the wedges usually face, it makes plenty of sense.

 

So I know that sound and feel are subjective and aren't simply 1-answer questions. For some, part of the feel can come from the sound or vise-versa. A club that's loud and clicky may be perceived to be hard and harsh feeling because of the sound that it makes. Additionally, and almost equally as important is the type of ball that's being hit. The ball that I used almost exclusively throughout this testing was my Kirkland 4 piece urethane. Yes.. I've got them and love them. For those unfamiliar with the KS wonderball.. https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/17365-the-one-and-only-kirkland-signature-ball-thread/page-1?hl=kirkland

 

I actually did an interesting experiment with this one. When you listen to the video, you can tell that the club makes a loud-ish clip or crack (NOT click), and possibly a sound that might be associated with a harder feeling club. The club definitely doesn't feel that way but it's a little harder to tell because of the sound. One range session I took ear plugs and hit about 20 full shots with nothing but the feeling of the club hitting the ball and turf, and my own breathing resonating in my brain. When the sound wasn't there to muddle the feeling, the club felt like.. yup.. butter AND gravy. Almost slightly muted but very responsive and smooth. I knew exactly where I was hitting the ball on the club face at all times. Even on mishits, I wasn't feeling like I was being punished, but just informed that I could have hit a better shot. When I took the ear plugs back out and continued to hit, everything came together more harmoniously. The sound and feeling seemed to make more sense and I knew that I was hitting a superbly crafted golf club.

 

 

Range Performance (19/20)

 

So depending on the weather and/or my mood, that would dictate whether I'd be outdoors on a live range or indoors at the simulator. Most of my live range sessions are prior to playing a round, and in the early dawn hours before the temperature has a chance to eat my soul. The courses that I frequent all have decent short-game practice facilities equipped with bunkers and chipping greens with both fringe and rough for different types of shots.

 

When on the range hitting a bucket, I'll start by hitting about 15 full shots with each club counting backward from my 60*. By doing this, I'm grooving my swing for the round as well as trying to establish patterns for height, distance, and direction. Ultimately at full-bore, I like to see the balls landing within about a 15 - 20' radius as well as stall out at about the same height. I'm fairly confident with my distance gapping so when I'm hitting clean shots, I know my distance #'s are there.

 

Once I've worked my way through what I consider the rough adjustments, I go back and start fine-tuning. I'll then do the same with ¾ swing shots, ½ swing shots, and then work on shaping and trajectory.

 

When I'm all warmed up, I'll then go to the chipping green and practice different types of close-range shots that may come in handy throughout the round. Similar to what I had done on the range, I'll try to work a swing groove and build some consistency with my super short game. Similar to the videos below, I'll just rotate through my repertoire of shots while switching through different lies.

 

Bunker shots: Getting up and down from the bunker has always been a mystery for me.. until now. Somehow my bunker game went from terrible to pretty decent. I think I was just playing the wrong shot with the wrong club all along. After watching some YouTube instructionals and implementing the proper techniques with the right club, I think I figured out how to ride that Unicorn! The 56* is just magical in its ability to have a very high and accurate bounce while sitting absolutely flush. 

 

(The videos shown throughout my testing were taken at my favorite local exec, Springfield GC. They were awesome enough to let me use as much time as I needed and to roam the course looking or various spots to shoot and practice. They even hooked me up with a golf cart! :)

 

This video shows some of the versatility of the 60° from an extremely tight buzz-cut fringe lie from about 30' out.

 

 

This is a video that shows the same shots (Flop and Bump & Run) with both the 60°/6° and 56°/14°. I did this because some prefer the higher loft and lower bounce while others fair better with the lower loft and higher bounce.

 

 

These clubs are all point and shoot as far as accuracy goes. As long as I do my part, the clubs are 100% reliable and that makes me happy.

 

As was discussed among the testers in private as well as on the testing stage forum, there seems to be a jump in distance with these clubs from what we're all used to with our original gamers. For me though this couldn't be more welcomed. My original gapping went a little something like this: Gap (50°) 125 yds, 56° 100 yds, 60° 80 yds. Anybody see my dilemma? Anything North of 100 yds, I'd just have to take a gander with my Gap wedge which generally resulted in a fail.

 

Here's my new gapping: Gap 125 yds, 52° (bent to 53°) 115 yds, 56° 105 yds, 60° 95 yds. Perfect gapping now! I will add that I had my 52 bent to 53 because it was flying every bit as far as my gap and at times a little further. Per the suggestion of one of the forum members, I had the loft tweaked a tad and that did the trick.

 

As far as trajectory goes, it all depends on the approach and what I'm after. Having my cake and eating it too is what these clubs are all about. Really what I'm getting at is that these clubs allow you to work the ball like a chunk of modeling clay. If I want lower penetrating trajectory, I put the ball back in my stance a bit and flatten out my swing and it's a thing of beauty. If I want to clear a sky scraper or mess with the FAA, I put the ball in the middle and go steep city and dig to China. It's almost unnatural how much sky you can put between the ball and the earth with these things and the right swing. This comes in especially handy here in Arizona where the greens are mostly hard-pan with some grass on top. And let's not forget about shaping..  left and right shaping is probably easier than it should be with these.  

 

Now I did mention that when I'm not practicing at an outdoor range because it's too hot to do so, you'll find me beatin the mats indoors at PGA Tour Superstore (my mistress). I'll agree that indoor sessions with a launch monitor aren't as organic and meaningful as practicing the way nature intended (outdoors) but for what it's worth, I was able to gather some additional data for the number crunchers. Just to simplify things, the average back spin on the 60° with a fairly steep ascent and drop was around 10,500 rev's. The 52° was around 10,000. rev's. That's an extremely minimal difference between the higher and lower lofted of the 3. The 56° fell right in the middle. If numbers are your thing, those numbers are about as good as I'd ever care to see.. but numbers are numbers and don't hold a candle to on-course performance data.  

 

On-Course Performance (38/40)

 

So one thing I tried to make a conscious effort in doing was to focus more on my next shot after a drive. I'm fairly consistent and lengthy off the tee box so this forced me to pay more attention to yardage on par 4's. Especially the shorter holes around 300 yds. My objective was to put myself within a full club from the pin to allow myself more opportunities to put these things to use.

 

In doing that, I've actually started to notice my scores improve. I've started to play smarter off the tee and use clubs like my hybrid, UDI, or even my 4 and 5 irons as to take more of the guessing out of the equation with my next shot.

 

Another “test of faith” was to see how wild I could hit my driver, as in “I'm going to drive the green or die trying” and more often than anything, I found myself in some pretty precarious situations where I had to use a wedge to creatively barter my way back to safety. It's actually a pretty entertaining way to play golf if you're doing it on purpose.

 

Now we all know that there's a difference between hitting robo shots at the range and live-action play on the course. Even the pro's have moments where they say “I had such a good range session, what happened?” I will say this about these clubs so far, that transitioning from the range to the course has seemed nearly seamless every round. There's a very familiar feeling when addressing the ball for a wedge shot that just makes your body relax and know that for the most-part, everything's gonna be OK.

 

Another topic that's been discussed in the forum Q&A is forgiveness. I'm sure the other guys will probably address it in their reviews but these clubs won't kick you where it hurts on off-center shots. One thing that was mentioned in stage 1 and going back to the section addressing appearance, is the hexagonal mass plate (the one with the B stamped on it) positioned opposite of the face right in the middle.

 

It's been agreed that this plate really helps with the club's moment of inertia (MOI) in the sense that, with a driving plate of mass pushing the club forward, it's not as significantly impacted by a disturbance like an off-centered hit. The club is more likely to maintain its true path through the entire swing therefore resulting in straighter shots even if they're off the toe or heal. My personal missed hit is off the toe which I happen to achieve more often that I'd like to admit. At most I'll lose 10 yds but have yet to lose any direction. In my book, loss of direction is always the greater punishment over distance.

 

A funny side note is that the review outline provided to us suggests that we talk about performance specs in comparison to our current gamers. What current gamers? These are them. I'll admit that I really enjoyed my Cobra King 60° but wasn't a big fan of my former 56° and have just never gotten along with high-bounce sand wedges in general. Because of the Bridgestone Tour B wedges, my previous wedges are nothing but irrelevant figments that now occupy space in someone else's bag (SOLD). I will say that both the 56 and 60 are and will probably be forever battling for top spot in my bag. I really really like them!

 

Overall, I wouldn't change a thing about any of the 3 clubs. The OEM setup is IMO one of the best you'll find with the TT DG Spinner shaft and Golf Pride multi compound chord grips. It's unfortunate that TT has discontinued the shafts but they're not necessarily a mainstream setup option that most think of when building a wedge. I may get bored with the shaft down the road and swap it out but it would really take something special to interest me in making any changes.

 

 

Here are a few videos where I tried to capture the different types of contact that people had questions about. These are shot from pretty tight fairway lies.  

 

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Play it or Trade it? (20/20)

 

As I mentioned in the previous section, these clubs ARE my gamers. I have absolutely no interest in looking elsewhere for wedges. It doesn't take much to realize that my review is highly in favor of the Tour B wedges. I'll admit with the utmost candidness that these clubs DO NOT make me a better player. What these clubs do though is make playing and practicing highly enjoyable. They motivate me to put in extra time to get better, to learn, and become the type of player that is capable of using these clubs to their full potential. 

 

As for golfing skillset, I'm admittedly in the middle of the pack. I'm a mid-handicap (unofficial) that's come a very long way to get to where I am but have a long way yet to get to where I want to go. I'll say with conviction that these clubs are for anyone in any part of golf's journey.  

 

As you can see, the clubs are holding up very well. Arizona golf courses are known to be very unforgiving on golf equipment. What lies beneath the grass here can eat forged clubs for breakfast. 

 

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Time to wrap it up!

 

In a nutshell, here's what these clubs do:

  • Look as good as any club ever made
  • Perfect shape and leading edge
  • Inspire Jedi-like confidence during play
  • Encourage extra practice to help improve your game
  • Feel awesome
  • Sound awesome
  • Consistent Consistent Consistent 
  • Excellent shot shaping control 
  • They're not just great for the price.. they're great PERIOD

Here's what they don't do

 

  • give you magic golfing powers
  • cater to lefties (sorry) 

 

 

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Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 Wedges – Official MGS Forum Review by Bardle

 

Welcome back everyone, I spent the last several weeks putting these things through the ringer. I'm typically a weekend warrior and play 3 rounds a month and hit the range 2 times a month but I tried to get out a little more frequently during the testing period.

 

In total, I got in 10 rounds and about 10 range sessions in the last 6 weeks, good for me and my golf game, but the 8 month pregnant wife was not quite as happy about it. :) The range I frequent has a practice green with a very large bunker and about 40 feet to chip from so I got ample amount of practice in those scenarios during range time. For my rounds I only played shorter courses where I almost always hit a wedge into greens so that on nearly every hole, I was hitting a wedge at least once.

 

On to the scoring...

 

Looks (10 out of 10 points)

 

These things are minimalist dreams. Simple and well shaped, the only real graphics are the Tour B lettering in black and the Chrome stamped Bridgestone “B” badge, which, unlike the promo photos of the wedges, is not at all bold or attention grabbing. The paintfill has had no issues and the numbering of the lofts on the bottom look just as good as when I got them. These things clean up amazingly well. At address, the profile is sleek and thin, just like you'd expect from a wedge with a compact head. These things are gorgeous.

 

I'll admit when I first saw them, I was concerned with the stamped badge, aka forged mass or “stop sign”, but once I got them in hand I realized how subtle the badge was and it's grown on me. I really really like the look of these wedges.

 

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Sound & Feel (10 out of 10 points)

 

Sound wise, I probably am not the greatest judge. I haven't hit a huge variation of wedges to know the wide arrays of sounds associated, but I will say that the sound coming off of these things on a clean shot is extremely satisfying. They are neither loud or harsh, I would probably use the word clicky for chips and more “axe to tree” for full shots. Both are satisfying when well struck.

 

These things are buttery smooth. There is no better feeling in my bag than hitting it right on the center of that forged mass with the 52º. There is a distinct difference in feel on the mishits, I know immediately if I missed the center of the face, same goes for thin or fat. I don't currently have this kind of feedback anywhere else in my bag and I'm in love with it.

 

Range Performance (17 out of 20 points)

 

I've had a bunch of range sessions with these clubs, I started off grooving full swings and getting my distance gaps filled in. For some comparisons of yardage numbers for other high cappers, I hit my 7 iron about 160. My yardage with the 52º is 115, 56º is 95 and 60º is 85. I'm going to break this section up into four sections for organization and readability so bear with me.

 

Full Swings (5 out of 5)

 

The second thing I started doing is shooting for targets with full swings. Starting off it was not pretty. It took me a while to really dial in a swing with these and not chunk them. Basically I take 10 shots with each club rotating through the clubs and the targets for each. Here are the numbers from the first session I did this on(technically second range session) and the numbers from the last one I did. I consider hits anything within a 10 yd circle of where I was aiming.

 

1st Session

Club Hits

52 6/10
56 5/10
60 3/10

 

Last Session

Club Hits

52 9/10

56 8/10

60 6/10

 

Now, I'm not sure where you other high handicappers are at with your iron or wedge accuracy, but I'm now averaging 80+% accuracy on the range with full swings with these clubs.

 

Some other details on this, the 60 is just hard for me to hit some days. I chunk it alot on bad days, I don't think that is terribly abnormal, but it certainly is not the clubs fault. If my swing is a little chunky one day then its compounded and very chunky on the 60 that day. I typically do not hit these thin.

 

Quarter Swing Variations (2 out of 5)

 

I consider my quarter swings and knowing distance for them extremely important to my game. To date, I still don't have exact yardages due to the inconsistency in these swings. It took me a while to diagnose the issue but I finally realized that It's the shaft that causes the problem. If I get too fast in my transition and downswing, then I literally launch the quarter variations. I can hit a half swing almost the full distance if I get too quick with it for every single one of these clubs and it just has to be that the shaft gets a little too “whippy”. This has caused some major inconsistency for me, so much so that I am forced to layup to a known distance for my wedges so i don't get inside 80 yds to the green. You can blame it on my swing if you'd like but I don't have this problem with my Vokey.

 

Chipping / Sand shots (5 out of 5)

 

I spend a lot of time chipping because I don't hit many greens. I also spend a lot of time practicing my chipping on carpet in my living room. I honestly don't notice any difference between these and my vokey, which is not something to scoff at given the price point.

 

Sand wise, well I'm normally terrible out of the sand, just from lack of practice, but I have no issues nowadays getting out. I even had an absolutely buried fried egg up against the lip of a fairway bunker, I could barely even see the top of it and still managed to get the thing out on my first swing with the 56º. I have never been so confident out of the sand, hard sand, soft fluffy sand, so far it doesn't matter.

 

Here is literally my best ever sand shot, posted elsewhere in the thread as well...

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Forgiveness (5 out of 5)

 

This was the most shocking result to me. Anytime I look at a club with a blade design, wedge or not, I get nervous. Just to clarify, I am a 27 handicap whose new-ish to the sport. I by no means hit the sweet spot all the time, probably not even half the time. Somehow though, I am still about 80+% accurate on the range with these things.

 

Thin shots go far, Chunked shots don't go anywhere, just like you'd expect. But left and right of the center have barely any impact on me. It is actually pretty interesting, by having the mass right behind the sweet spot, it means that if you miss the sweetspot, you just lose power, not accuracy. I have noticed several times where an off center shot, usually toeside for me, will go about 5-15 yards offline and about 10-15 yards short depending on the club. Compare that to a toeside miss with my vokey and the ball is basically unfindable. It really and truly is amazing. It enables me to be confident behind the ball and know that even if I mishit it, It will just be a pitch or chip shot in and not some hero shot from a bear cave. It's also allowed me to increase my GIR by going for the back of greens since I know the outcome. The worst possible scenario in that case in a thin shot which is extremely rare for me. I wish all my clubs had this kind of forgiveness, which is saying a lot since I'm swinging GI irons.

 

Here is a shot I took in my last round from 116 out, I actually caught this one just off the toe a bit...

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On-Course Performance (40 out of 40 points)

 

I didn't think it would be fair to deduct points twice for the same thing, once I realized what was going on on the range I started hitting to full swing wedge distances. Even if that meant taking an iron off the tee on short par 4's. So this section gets a hands down, vigorous 100%. Words can't justify the confidence I have when I'm 110-120 to the middle of the green and I pull that 52º.

 

I like these clubs better than my vokey. The shots go higher, The bad shots are not as bad, and I chunk it and thin it less. I think these attributes are key when it comes to comparing wedges for higher handicappers. How much do you really need to work the ball when your just trying to break 100 or 90? I think solid contact and consistent distance is the true goal players like me should be aiming for and these things check those boxes. I'm not saying these clubs aren't workable, I'll let my cohorts comment on that because frankly, I wouldn't know. I'm not good enough to attempt to work the ball. Maybe Vokeys outperform in that category but it's not worth the extra hundred dollars per wedge to find out, that's for sure.

 

Without further ado, how about some stats since I have gotten these things:

 

Average round score: 100.

Personal Best: 97

GIR %: 20.8

FIR %: 66.15

 

So 2 strokes gained and about 8% more GIR. Nothing crazy but it feels good to improve. It's worth noting that 2 strokes of improvement is an average from the last ten rounds. I anticipate that this will get even better once I replace the shafts or train my tempo to get better with my interval shots. Still no Personal best, but I am all around it. I have a 98 and two 99's in the last four weeks. Most of my missed greens are from toe side misses or chunks, the toe side misses usually leave me with a (hopefully) easy up and down.

 

I think Bridgestone as a golf brand is one more players need to investigate. It's partially Bridgestone's fault that most players don't know about their clubs. They are difficult to find and try and I hope that they will take notice and start stocking their clubs at more distributors. I am in love with these wedges as I'm sure you can tell, but it will be near impossible to compete and show off their brand if they aren't available to hit on a launch monitor next to Callaway, Mizuno, Titliest and the others. Regardless of their marketing and business decisions, these clubs are a home run and I will always add Bridgestone to the testing list for future purchases.

 

Play it or Trade it? (20 out of 20 points)

 

Play it. No doubt. I think at first glance these look like and appeal to lower cappers due to the design, but the reality is these are fantastic clubs for higher handicaps. They are consistent, forgiving, high launching, and easy to hit. Not to mention there is no purchase fear due to lack of knowledge. There is one wedge for each loft, no buyers remorse or “what ifs” about bounce and grind clouding every mishit. I like the simplicity, the ease of purchase and I like the clubs. I can feel like a low capper carrying these things around, and sometimes I even look like one when I hit these. ;)

 

Conclusion

 

Total Score: 97/100

 

Bridgestone hit a home run with the Tour B XW-1 Wedges. As a high handicapper, I am incredibly consistent with these and they have allowed me to increase my GIR% and overall score by a couple of strokes in just 6 weeks. The shafts have proven to give me some inconsistent yardages on interval swings mostly due to my inconsistent swing, but that is the only issue / flaw I have found with these. I feel extremely confident taking full shots with these and am completely in love with the feel and feedback of these things. Thanks again MGS and Bridgestone. This was a fantastic opportunity and a great way to show off these clubs, I can honestly say I never would have given them a chance without this opportunity. I hope you fellow readers will take notice as I think these clubs and Bridgestone in general deserve more attention from the golf community.

 
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Stage 1 up everyone!! Have a few more photos to get up, but enjoy!!

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Brilliant start guys, it will be great to see how these compare to the Hogan's and the RTX4s 😁😎

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I encourage everyone to follow this thread and ask lots of questions.

This group was awesome in the pm thread awaiting the review thread. I won't spoil anybody's reviews. But it's going to be some good stuff.

But they will have a lot to say about these. And they can be found for a steal on various sites like Global or Rockbottom and others.


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Alan will you be getting off of the grill and plates again or no lol

 

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No grills or plates this time. 🤣

 

* but... Seve was known to be able to get up and down out of a garbage can...

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I encourage everyone to follow this thread and ask lots of questions.

 

This group was awesome in the pm thread awaiting the review thread. I won't spoil anybody's reviews. But it's going to be some good as stuff.

 

But they will have a lot to say about these. And they can be found for a steal on various sites like Global or Rockbottom and others.

 

 

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good to know as you cant get Bridgestone in the home of golf for love nor money!!

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The more I look at these wedges, the more I would like to try them 🤤

 

I remember seeing Seve get up and down out of a carpark once 🤔

 

I have a feeling that this thread is going to be fun 😁😎 (followed)

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Stage 1 is up, Lets get this party started. 

 

The more I look at these wedges, the more I would like to try them

I remember seeing Seve get up and down out of a carpark once

I have a feeling that this thread is going to be fun (followed)

 

They look even better in person.  ;)

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Love it bardle, great start!!

As a high handicap player when you look down at them do they instill a feeling of confidence in you? I mean do you feel like you can hit these with no issues? 🤔😎

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Love it bardle, great start!!

As a high handicap player when you look down at them do they instill a feeling of confidence in you? I mean do you feel like you can hit these with no issues?

So it's interesting. I'm at the point now where if it's my full swing yardage then yeah. I am super confident with all three. Which surprised me but I hit my 60 full just as well as my 52

 

That being said. If the ball is above or below my feet not so much. It makes it real tough for me. Also I'm not as confident in my quarter swings as I am with the Vokey. I'm still working that out but it's a weird difference. I'd rather have the full swing yardage working than the quarters but it does make it difficult inside 85 yds

 

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