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2018 Official Forum Member Review - Bridgestone Prototype Balls

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Yes, and being priced at $21.99

The new Ball is a 3 piece.


Bridgestone Tour B JGR Driver and HF2 irons Pre Release Testing


Just my personal opinion but I’m not a fan of this. The e6 was such an all around solid ball. Then they went to two versions of it, & neither (to me) lives up to the previous version. Now hearing that it’s changing again doesn’t fill me with much joy.

I’ll have to see what the new ball you’re testing offers but it’s disappointing as a long time e6 fan.


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18 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

 


Just my personal opinion but I’m not a fan of this. The e6 was such an all around solid ball. Then they went to two versions of it, & neither (to me) lives up to the previous version. Now hearing that it’s changing again doesn’t fill me with much joy.

I’ll have to see what the new ball you’re testing offers but it’s disappointing as a long time e6 fan.


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I get it and can understand how some will feel that way.  To me the e6 was a good solid ball, but not one I'd play regularly, I just didn't get the performance out of it around the green and from wedges that i get from other...all be it more pricey balls, but to me it's worth paying for.    Now if the new ball at the same price offers some improved performance and everything I've heard from multiple people at Bridgestone says it will, then there should still be a ball that fits that category for most people.  

 

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I  have a couple of these balls left if anyone wants me to try anything specific for them just let me know.  We all are still ready to try to answer any questions you may have about these balls.  

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Very interesting stuff so far from the stage twos. They sound like the type of balls I would try but then drop to go back to the Chromesofts. Thanks for the excellent reviews guys 😁😎

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How are these into greens on full wedge shots?

I played (like crap) this past Sunday and I found an e6 soft in some thick rough. What was funny (not at the time, but now that I'm reflecting on it) was I thought it was my Tour B because it was just sitting there with the B logo up. So I had to take a penalty because I obviously played the wrong ball, and I was irritated because I lost a $4 ball and found one that costs half that. Normally I'd chuck it in my bag and swap it out for my gamer, but I was playing like poop already and I was pretty much over the round.

I knew the distance would be similar, which it was, but what I wasn't prepared for was how similar the ball compared on full wedge shots. On two occasions later in the round I was about 90-100 yards out which is pretty much a full 52* for me. Much to my surprise, the ball stuck on both approach shots. My only gripe with it compared to the Tour B XS is that it feels like crap off the putter face. Not clicky, it just feels dead and kind of hollow?

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5 hours ago, yungkory said:

How are these into greens on full wedge shots?

I played (like crap) this past Sunday and I found an e6 soft in some thick rough. What was funny (not at the time, but now that I'm reflecting on it) was I thought it was my Tour B because it was just sitting there with the B logo up. So I had to take a penalty because I obviously played the wrong ball, and I was irritated because I lost a $4 ball and found one that costs half that. Normally I'd chuck it in my bag and swap it out for my gamer, but I was playing like poop already and I was pretty much over the round.

I knew the distance would be similar, which it was, but what I wasn't prepared for was how similar the ball compared on full wedge shots. On two occasions later in the round I was about 90-100 yards out which is pretty much a full 52* for me. Much to my surprise, the ball stuck on both approach shots. My only gripe with it compared to the Tour B XS is that it feels like crap off the putter face. Not clicky, it just feels dead and kind of hollow?

I was never able to get a good stop with the balls into the greens.  It was frustrating.  A couple of the approach shots that were full swing 9 iron and PW, the ball left a mark on the green but proceeded to run off, not stop, or slightly spin back as I am used to seeing.  I wish the weather hadn't turned so quickly, as I wanted to spend sometime hitting into one of the greens on the course.  I am sure they would have let me as long as I waited for groups to play through.

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Guys you have done an amazing job.

I am seeing, not negative's, but more like reservations about this ball. Do you think some of the unpleasant characteristics might be enhanced due to the changing season? 80* sunny and mid July the ball might react and feel different then mid 40-50's and damp?  Also are your expectations overly high due to the fact It's brand new and a Prototype?  I'm just asking..

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1 hour ago, Reesedw said:

Guys you have done an amazing job.

I am seeing, not negative's, but more like reservations about this ball. Do you think some of the unpleasant characteristics might be enhanced due to the changing season? 80* sunny and mid July the ball might react and feel different then mid 40-50's and damp?  Also are your expectations overly high due to the fact It's brand new and a Prototype?  I'm just asking..

Y'know, that's actually a pretty good observation and question. I'm curious to hear what the testers have to say. So far, what I've read hasn't excited me on this ball however playing conditions could have an impact on that. 

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Guys you have done an amazing job.
I am seeing, not negative's, but more like reservations about this ball. Do you think some of the unpleasant characteristics might be enhanced due to the changing season? 80* sunny and mid July the ball might react and feel different then mid 40-50's and damp?  Also are your expectations overly high due to the fact It's brand new and a Prototype?  I'm just asking..
Yes to both questions. Being a"prototype" you almost go into the testing with the expectation you have found the Holy Grail. So anything less is considered negative. Temperature and other weather conditions we all know impact the performance. That might be the thought on the late testing. Maybe getting a worse case scenario is the final piece in the ball design. I would definitely give the balls another opportunity come spring before making a final statement of performance.

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3 hours ago, Reesedw said:

Guys you have done an amazing job.

I am seeing, not negative's, but more like reservations about this ball. Do you think some of the unpleasant characteristics might be enhanced due to the changing season? 80* sunny and mid July the ball might react and feel different then mid 40-50's and damp?  Also are your expectations overly high due to the fact It's brand new and a Prototype?  I'm just asking..

 

They may be enhance but I would say no, as I was playing the Q-Star tour to compare shots with it. There were a few short game shots that I took a QST and the proto ball from same spot and hit a few shots, consistently the QST I could get to stop where I expected, the proto just didnt have stopping power at all. 

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11 hours ago, Reesedw said:

Guys you have done an amazing job.

I am seeing, not negative's, but more like reservations about this ball. Do you think some of the unpleasant characteristics might be enhanced due to the changing season? 80* sunny and mid July the ball might react and feel different then mid 40-50's and damp?  Also are your expectations overly high due to the fact It's brand new and a Prototype?  I'm just asking..

Good question Reesedw, as for myself I don't find the ball particularly unpleasant but I am a urethane ball user and came in knowing that this SS Soft would not give the same around green performance as my B-330 RX and Chrome Soft.  I do think it is a better choice than the e-6 for me which is a ball I sometimes use on those windy days in spring and fall, so if it performs as well in the wind as the   e-6 does for me this ball will most likely become that niche ball for spring and fall that I use each year.  

As far as expectations I know I was hoping for the around green performance to much more closely mimic the B-330 RX instead of the e-6, I can't say that is the case for me.  

Thanks for the question. 

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How are these into greens on full wedge shots?
I played (like crap) this past Sunday and I found an e6 soft in some thick rough. What was funny (not at the time, but now that I'm reflecting on it) was I thought it was my Tour B because it was just sitting there with the B logo up. So I had to take a penalty because I obviously played the wrong ball, and I was irritated because I lost a $4 ball and found one that costs half that. Normally I'd chuck it in my bag and swap it out for my gamer, but I was playing like poop already and I was pretty much over the round.
I knew the distance would be similar, which it was, but what I wasn't prepared for was how similar the ball compared on full wedge shots. On two occasions later in the round I was about 90-100 yards out which is pretty much a full 52* for me. Much to my surprise, the ball stuck on both approach shots. My only gripe with it compared to the Tour B XS is that it feels like crap off the putter face. Not clicky, it just feels dead and kind of hollow?


Personally, I like the spin of this prototype better than the e6. I haven’t posted my stage 2 just yet, but when I do, I had about a 90 yard shot which is also a full 52* for me and ended up finding my ball maybe a foot from my ball mark. I’m working on my stage 2 now so be on the lookout!


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Did anyone ever hear anything else on these? What feedback did Bridgestone use? Are they being released?

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10 minutes ago, Apes44 said:

Did anyone ever hear anything else on these? What feedback did Bridgestone use? Are they being released?

They're being released as the e12. 

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On 1/28/2019 at 10:13 AM, GB13 said:

They're being released as the e12. 

Thank you!

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