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Congrats to all the testers that were selected. Here's my review anyway.

My regular gamer is the Srixon Q-Star Tour. I picked up a sleeve of the e12 soft at my pro shop for $7. 

Longer:

I played multiple holes on 3 rounds (no one behind me) alternating balls which I hit first. Not once did the e12 go longer than the q tour. With that being said, the difference in distance was not significant except for 2 occasions. Most likely operator error. I would be interested in seeing iron byron testing results on both.

Straighter:

Absofrigginlutely! My natural ball flight is a fade. I aim down the left side and let the ball come back towards center. The bridgestone ALWAYS landed left of the q star. There is a par 5 on my home course with a lake on the right and a tree line left of the cart path down the left. The e12 stayed on line and came to rest on the left side of the cart path. I did hit 2 big slices. But I was still able to make a second shot on both. Yes it definitely stays straighter!

Feel:

I prefer the feel of the e12 to the q star. My first shot with driver felt like I should have had the caption "POW!" from the bat man tv show. I love the feel off the driver. The feel off the putter is like butter as well.

Approach shots:

For me, the q tar stops on a dime. I hit an approach shot uphill with the e12 and it still rolled out the length of my putter. On flatter greens they roll out quite a bit.

Pitching and chipping:

The e12 rolls out a lot more than the q star. Although, when I hit the fringe the q star usually stops and the e12 made it well onto the green.

Putting:

I love the way e12 feels and rolls on the greens. More so than the q star.

Will I replace my gamer with the e12 soft?

According to the USGA rules we can change balls between holes, so I will use both. The e12 is perfect for those holes where I normally find trouble. Instead of reaching for the 4 iron, I can now grab an e12 and the driver or 3 wood and not worry about keeping it in play. If the e12 had better spin, it would be my exclusive gamer!

 

 

 

 

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Congrats to all the testers that were selected. Here's my review anyway.
My regular gamer is the Srixon Q-Star Tour. I picked up a sleeve of the e12 soft at my pro shop for $7. 
Longer:
I played multiple holes on 3 rounds (no one behind me) alternating balls which I hit first. Not once did the e12 go longer than the q tour. With that being said, the difference in distance was not significant except for 2 occasions. Most likely operator error. I would be interested in seeing iron byron testing results on both.
Straighter:
Absofrigginlutely! My natural ball flight is a fade. I aim down the left side and let the ball come back towards center. The bridgestone ALWAYS landed left of the q star. There is a par 5 on my home course with a lake on the right and a tree line left of the cart path down the left. The e12 stayed on line and came to rest on the left side of the cart path. I did hit 2 big slices. But I was still able to make a second shot on both. Yes it definitely stays straighter!
Feel:
I prefer the feel of the e12 to the q star. My first shot with driver felt like I should have had the caption "POW!" from the bat man tv show. I love the feel off the driver. The feel off the putter is like butter as well.
Approach shots:
For me, the q tar stops on a dime. I hit an approach shot uphill with the e12 and it still rolled out the length of my putter. On flatter greens they roll out quite a bit.
Pitching and chipping:
The e12 rolls out a lot more than the q star. Although, when I hit the fringe the q star usually stops and the e12 made it well onto the green.
Putting:
I love the way e12 feels and rolls on the greens. More so than the q star.
Will I replace my gamer with the e12 soft?
According to the USGA rules we can change balls between holes, so I will use both. The e12 is perfect for those holes where I normally find trouble. Instead of reaching for the 4 iron, I can now grab an e12 and the driver or 3 wood and not worry about keeping it in play. If the e12 had better spin, it would be my exclusive gamer!
 
 
 
 


That was a rotten review! Get it? Anyway thanks for sharing your thoughts on the e12. I found the Q Star Tour to be very straight so if this is straighter that’s crazy. Roll out tends to help me around the greens so I may need to pick some of these up to try.


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I ordered a dozen Q-Star Tours to try out this spring. Might have to give the E12 a chance! Thanks for the review.

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I love the Q-Star Tour so this was an interesting comparison, granted the QST is going to have more stopping power all things being equal so I got more out of the ballflight/dispersion info than anything else.

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I'd be interested to see how the final ball compares to the prototype balls we tested here

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I’m intrigued!

I currently play Srixon soft feel or Z stars. Just depends on the deal. I have thought about making the switch to the E12.


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I was very much looking forward to these e12s as an upgrade from the e6s which I've been gaming for quite a while, but ended up being quite disappointed. Lost a fair bit of distance due to a lower ball flight, with the ball feeling quite dull off the bat. Ended up playing one club higher and still wasn't convinced it was enough all of the time.

Less spin off the face also, I was unsurprised to see on the launch monitor. 

Do love the bright colours though! 

Durability was a bit poor for me also. Cut my first ball up quite badly, found out that golf balls still haven't been designed to swim, cut upp my second quite badly also. This is without hitting trees, quite unusual for me. 

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