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2018 Official Forum Review Bridgestone Tour B HF2 Irons

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Alright I gotta know, Since You and Jose play in the same league. Granted his were 1 length, but how do they feel compared to the Cobra F8's? I know you played with them..

you are right. I did see the results up close every week.

 

And no offense to Jose or Cobra. But it's not even close. I'll take these every day of the week.

 

I'm tempted to put my ShotScope sensors on them to gather some data, even though I struggled with shot scope logistics.

 

 

 

 

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Go tear it up.. You and Jose go meet in the finals to decide it all..

Well niether of us advanced. I hit the ball so great off the tee. My wedge game was the worst it's been all year. Dropped shots around the green all night long.

 

 

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Look at those MGS Logo golf balls!

 

I need to read all of these, but this is pretty exciting! And I'm only picture gazing right now.

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Well niether of us advanced. I hit the ball so great off the tee. My wedge game was the worst it's been all year. Dropped shots around the green all night long.

 

 

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I am SOOOO sorry, you are still my favorite.. LOL.. 

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you are right. I did see the results up close every week.

 

And no offense to Jose or Cobra. But it's not even close. I'll take these every day of the week.

 

I'm tempted to put my ShotScope sensors on them to gather some data, even though I struggled with shot scope logistics.

 

 

 

 

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Damn.. I know I'm a little jaded but that has to say alot.. You got to see all the inner workings of the Cobra challenge.. If you say those everyday, that is impressive.. 

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Damn.. I know I'm a little jaded but that has to say alot.. You got to see all the inner workings of the Cobra challenge.. If you say those everyday, that is impressive..

Well yes for me. But you had amazing results with the F8's. So they are obviously a top notch club as well.

 

These have just worked very well for me so far and the look is right up my alley.

 

 

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Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 Irons – Initial Impressions/Stage 2

 

 

 

Good job Max, can't wait to give these a hit or 2 come sunday

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I think many of you here “know” me from my previous reviews, posts, and general sarcastic sense of well… everything. I have had a really poor Summer of golf, mainly due to the recovery from a ladder incident in January. I'll say it again in case you didn't read the original thread: “Stay off ladders! You can hire professionals to do that.” (If you ARE a professional doing that, PLEASE be careful. Anyway, I've been slowly rounding into form, and had passed on even throwing my name into the hat for any product reviews so far this year, because I didn't feel, quite honestly, that I could play (or even swing) well enough to do justice to any type of club review.

I was very surprised and flattered to have the opportunity to review these clubs. I toured the Bridgestone ball manufacturing facility with GolfSpy Barbajo in March 2016. The facility was cool, and was very similar to a facility where he and I had worked together previously. In addition to the tour of the ball plant, we also were given access to Bridgestone's club and ball testing facility, where we saw their robotic club testing machines, their high-speed camera capability (impressive!) and their 400-yard-long laser-flat driving range! (Yes, it's SUPER COOL!) While we were there, we went through a Bridgestone ball fitting, and also had the chance to hit the original series JGR Driver and the original JGR Hybrid Forged irons, I believe the predecessor to this current generation's HF-1 irons.

Bridgestone offers quite a few shaft options at no upcharge. I was seriously interested in the Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105 shafts, but I could never find anywhere to hit a club that might be similar with that shaft combination. With that being the case, and wanting to be able to do a true "apples to apples" review to do justice the Bridgestone, MyGolfSpy and all of you, I had the HF-2 irons I ordered built with the same KBS Tour 130 X-flex shafts I currently have in my Mizuno JPX-825's.

I was eagerly anticipating reception of all of the clubs, and much like Christmas morning, they finally arrived:

 

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I was super stoked, and then I read the build sheet:

 

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The problem is: that's supposed to say: 2 UPRIGHT, not 2 FLAT. Bummer! When making contact with Bridgestone, shipping the clubs back, having them bent to the proper lie angle, and shipping back around the Labor Day holiday was all factored in, I've lost about two weeks of review time compared to my compadres. As such, I only have one range session under my belt with the irons. But, oh what a range session it was! I used my Precision Pro Nexus rangefinder to shoot distances to varying targets at my favorite little driving range, Shank's. (Nope, really not kidding; that's the name.)

 

I started easy, with an A wedge. Beautiful solid feel, and about 10 yards longer than I had anticipated.

 

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This seemed to be a common theme throughout the bag. The Bridgestone lofts are 1 degree stronger through the bag than my Mizuno JPX-825 irons that I have been gaming.

 

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I really love those Mizuno's, but I think I have a new flame!

 

First 5-iron I hit, I scorched! Little downhill and into a very slight breeze. Carried at least 200 in the air. I normally hit five iron about 185.

Next one: little slight fade, higher; carried every bit as far!

 

I'm writing this, of course from the road on business. However, I'm headed home to South Carolina tomorrow, and as long as Hurricane Florence doesn't interfere, I'll be on my way Saturday to SW FL for six days of golf and relaxation! Stay tuned to the Weather Channel, and stay tuned here for a LOT more information after I get back!

Nice job MGB....stay safe down there.

 

 

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This is a great surprise!!  I posted a few comments about the irons previous to the HF1 and HF2.  The felt amazing and were super long!  I was hitting an 8 iron close to 200 yards...that's a 5 iron in my Srixon Z545's.  The first time I hit them, I thought about running out to grab a drink to wait to see if that ball was ever going to come down.  The one thing I felt those irons lacked was looks.  The definitely weren't going to win a sexy iron contest anytime soon, but did they perform!

 

I will say those irons would have never went into my bag just because I didn't need that much launch at all.  That didn't stop us from having driving range competitions with them though!  I actually wished they made an in between iron set, and apparently Bridgestone heard me, HF2  

 

I'd love to hear if you guys are able to control the flight with these at all.  I know there were a few comments already regarding distance.  Sounds like we need to put the HF1's against the G700 and the HF2"s against the i500.  Just a thought :)

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This is a great surprise!!  I posted a few comments about the irons previous to the HF1 and HF2.  The felt amazing and were super long!  I was hitting an 8 iron close to 200 yards...that's a 5 iron in my Srixon Z545's.  The first time I hit them, I thought about running out to grab a drink to wait to see if that ball was ever going to come down.  The one thing I felt those irons lacked was looks.  The definitely weren't going to win a sexy iron contest anytime soon, but did they perform!

 

I will say those irons would have never went into my bag just because I didn't need that much launch at all.  That didn't stop us from having driving range competitions with them though!  I actually wished they made an in between iron set, and apparently Bridgestone heard me, HF2  

 

I'd love to hear if you guys are able to control the flight with these at all.  I know there were a few comments already regarding distance.  Sounds like we need to put the HF1's against the G700 and the HF2"s against the i500.  Just a thought :)

I'm not one that is able or tries to control flight very much.  As a 17 HC, my swing thought is airborne and forward....ha     I do tend to hit a high ball, so far after only a few rounds I haven't found that to be an issue,  but we haven't had any real strong wind yet.  But I don't expect them to lose much if I do play in the wind.    But that is something I'll keep note of to report back, and maybe one range session, I'll experiment with trying to control the flight a bit lower and see what happens. 

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Great openers all! MGoBlue/MaxEntropy/MattF/GolfspyRob. I will be waiting for the 2nd Stages and follow ups. Heck, I was so involved with Cobra I did not even realize that Bridgestone were being tested.......what an honor guys!

 

 

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Great openers all! MGoBlue/MaxEntropy/MattF/GolfspyRob. I will be waiting for the 2nd Stages and follow ups. Heck, I was so involved with Cobra I did not even realize that Bridgestone were being tested.......what an honor guys!

 

 

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Neither did we, officially, until yesterday about 10 am. That's when we went live.

 

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Great openers all! MGoBlue/MaxEntropy/MattF/GolfspyRob. I will be waiting for the 2nd Stages and follow ups. Heck, I was so involved with Cobra I did not even realize that Bridgestone were being tested.......what an honor guys!

 

 

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Thanks Foz. Yeah i explained if in the first post by GSMeyer about the clandestine approach. It wasnt a typical sign up forum testing due to it being a pre release item.

 

 

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So Rob,

 

Which of the many irons you've hit in the last year or 2 do you like best?

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So im curious, why didn't anyone choose the HF1's?

All yall's caps are in the same ballpark and it would have been nice to see if maybe the HF1's could have provided a better fit for that hdcp range. Maybe some more distance?

I mean straight and long seems like a nice offering, or as they say, more of a “game enjoyment” iron. That sounds nice to me.

The reviews are wonderful as always, but seems a little redundant?

I wonder, could you get a mixed set?

5,6,7 in HF1

8,9,P in HF2

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So im curious, why didn't anyone choose the HF1's?

All yall's caps are in the same ballpark and it would have been nice to see if maybe the HF1's could have provided a better fit for that hdcp range. Maybe some more distance?

I mean straight and long seems like a nice offering, or as they say, more of a “game enjoyment” iron. That sounds nice to me.

The reviews are wonderful as always, but seems a little redundant?

I wonder, could you get a mixed set?

5,6,7 in HF1

8,9,P in HF2

?

I actually had an explanation in an early draft, but cut it out because I'm already long-winded enough, so here goes.....

 

As I mentioned, I'm not generally overly concerned about the looks at address. A thicker topline? No big deal. Huge offset? No problem. Mass bulging out behind a 4 iron? So what. My fear was since we had to pick absolutely sight unseen, that I actually would have problems with the appearance of something that nearly amounts to playing a hybrid all through the bag. I also had concerns about something that size getting through thick rough efficiently. Matt and I talked about how we sort of regretted NOT picking them when we played together shortly after we got the HF2's.

 

I don't know how well a combo set would work out because of the big difference in lofts. I assume you could get them bent enough to fill gaps, but I'm not sure.

 

It will be interesting to see the long term effect these clubs have on our games, though.

 

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I actually had an explanation in an early draft, but cut it out because I'm already long-winded enough, so here goes.....

 

As I mentioned, I'm not generally overly concerned about the looks at address. A thicker topline? No big deal. Huge offset? No problem. Mass bulging out behind a 4 iron? So what. My fear was since we had to pick absolutely sight unseen, that I actually would have problems with the appearance of something that nearly amounts to playing a hybrid all through the bag. I also had concerns about something that size getting through thick rough efficiently. Matt and I talked about how we sort of regretted NOT picking them when we played together shortly after we got the HF2's.

 

I don't know how well a combo set would work out because of the big difference in lofts. I assume you could get them bent enough to fill gaps, but I'm not sure.

 

It will be interesting to see the long term effect these clubs have on our games, though.

 

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To offset the loft and design differences you could go with a H1: 5 (plays like a 4),6 (plays like a 5), and 7 (plays like a 6) and a H2 7,8,9. Then you have the right gapping along with the forgiveness in the longer irons. I don't really care about the number on the sole as long as the gapping works.

 

P.S. Great reviews guys, I enjoyed reading them.

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