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I'm really interested in this one, as it's the one ball from their lineup that should "fit" my swing speed.  Share your thoughts below. 

 

https://mygolfspy.com/ball-lab-bridgestone-tour-b-rx/

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The compression variation caught my eye.  I remember hearing the old thought to "seam" an old ProV off the tee to get a little boost in distance.  This ball seems to contrast the old saying with the poles being higher in compression than the seams.

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I've always like Bridgestone balls and clubs for that matter. However, I've never gotten along with the RX balls but that's not to say they are bad because I know some people who swear by the RX line. I've always had a hard time getting the spin I want off shorter shots and around the green. I would compare them to a TM Project (a) or other "non-tour" urethane three piece balls. What is the category for balls like the Project (a), and other urethane versions of non-premium balls? I don't know. 

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I played this ball this summer and tested it during the Golfball.com align test and really liked it .. was surprised by the below average compression issues doesn't seem like it was a deal breaker but def surprised...

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1 hour ago, Kansas King said:

I would compare them to a TM Project (a) or other "non-tour" urethane three piece balls. What is the category for balls like the Project (a), and other urethane versions of non-premium balls? I don't know. 

Bridgestone's marketing seems to be trying to disrupt the distinction you're talking about. Where other companies have "Tour Speed" and "Project (a)" and "Q Star Tour" for mid-market urethane or non-Tour urethane, I think Bridgestone would say all four of their Tour B models are premium as you've got folks like Lexi and Freddy playing the R-line. The differentiation is swing speed vs price point, I think. And as we saw with the difference between, say, Z-Star and Q Star Tour, it very well could be a QC differentiation as well...

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The older version of this ball was the one I was fit into multiple times across several years of in person bridgestone ball fittings. 
 

Im supposed att get compression variation from a company that owns the entire ball

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Bridgestone's marketing seems to be trying to disrupt the distinction you're talking about. Where other companies have "Tour Speed" and "Project (a)" and "Q Star Tour" for mid-market urethane or non-Tour urethane, I think Bridgestone would say all four of their Tour B models are premium as you've got folks like Lexi and Freddy playing the R-line. The differentiation is swing speed vs price point, I think. And as we saw with the difference between, say, Z-Star and Q Star Tour, it very well could be a QC differentiation as well...


It’s starting to seem like the quality control is what we’re paying for more than the “ingredients”.



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If I was playing a "tour level" urethane ball on the reg, this would be the one. Glad to see it rated highly, unlike the QST which had previously been a ball I played on and off. After that review, now I know what it's priced where it is.

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I truly love these reviews, and I hope Tony does a 2020/21 version of the "Best Ball" analysis (from April 2019). That analysis is what turned me on to MGS in the first place - I wasn't happy with my ball at the time and those charts helped me streamline my search. I ended up with the Bridgestone Tour BX, which I still play and still love.

One aspect I'd like to see in these reviews is putter interaction. I'm not sure how feasible it is, but with so many 'alternative' putter face materials out there it is a big unknown when evaluating balls. for instance, if I play a putter with a hard face material, but I want a ball that spins less with my driver, how do I find that balance?

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One aspect I'd like to see in these reviews is putter interaction. I'm not sure how feasible it is, but with so many 'alternative' putter face materials out there it is a big unknown when evaluating balls. for instance, if I play a putter with a hard face material, but I want a ball that spins less with my driver, how do I find that balance?

There was a discussion about putter interaction earlier this year. You can search to find it. The basic finding after the OP contacted several OEMs is that the putter has the biggest influence and that the ball itself has little impact. Through my own experimentation, I found no difference in ball speed with different balls and the same putter. While feel may be different you will get the same performance off a putter.
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22 hours ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

Good to know the quality is superior in the Bridgestone line. I loved this ball when it was the B330RX. I wonder how much it's changed since.

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I was fortunate to get some of these balls (and the RX S) early in the Summer and played them all season.  First, I think they are fantastic!  Long off the tee, hold their line through the wind, and stop nicely on the green.  I don't think I generate enough wedge speed to have noticed much spin difference in the short game to be honest, but they do spin nicely.  The cover durability was exceptional.  I was a huge fan of the previous generation as well, and I can't see me playing any other ball until Bridgestone improves this model again.

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On 12/9/2020 at 1:18 PM, 2puttbogey said:

 


It’s starting to seem like the quality control is what we’re paying for more than the “ingredients”.



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