Background

Bridgestone Golf has given me the opportunity to review their 3 of their new ball releases for 2008, the E5+, E6+ and new B330S.

Each of these balls are designed with different golfers in mind.

e5+ Features

The e5+ with its unique Urethane cover two-piece construction is designed for players seeking longer carry distance off the tee by generating an optimum trajectory height.

The Tour proven Urethane cover provides shot shaping control, superb spin performance and a soft responsive feel.

The 330 Seamless dimple design delivers advanced aerodynamics for a consistent trajectory leading to pin-point accuracy.

e6+ Features

The e6+ Multi-Layer design with its innovative Anti-Spin / Extra Velocity Inner Cover is engineered for players seeking a straighter ball flight with longer carry distance and roll.

The enhanced low compression design provides an extra soft feel on all shots and a smooth roll off the putter.

The 330 Seamless dimple design delivers advanced aerodynamics for a consistent trajectory leading to pin-point accuracy.

B330s Details

  • 330 Seamless Dimple Design for Superior Flight Consistency
  • Newly Enhanced Soft Speed Elasticity Core for increased distance
  • Reengineered Ionomer Inner Layer for Acceleration
  • Soft Urethane Cover for Increased Touch and Control

Look

All 3 golf balls look nearly identical. The e5+ has a black number, while the e6+ and B330s have red numbers. Each ball has their name on the side. The e5+ and the e6+ have a little bit of a “louder” logo, while the B330s has a much more quiet logo. The e5+ and e6+ also have a slightly fancier alignment aid.

I prefer the look of the B330s labeling on the side, but none of the 3 are really “loud” to be honest. I could live with any of the 3.

Performance and Feel

Each ball has a distinct feel. As you could see above, they each have their performance benefits.

I found that the e5+ tended to be the longest of the 3 balls in terms of carry distance. On well struck shots, the ball was carrying a 1/2 club longer off the irons than the Titleist ProV1X I normally play. The e6+ tended to be the shortest, maybe a couple yards shorter than my usual ball. However, I didn’t think much about it and certainly could have been the particular shots.

As for accuracy, I found all 3 to be extremely accurate. The e6+ definitely spun less, as it is designed to do. This definitely would help someone who curves the ball a lot. However, if you tend to be a low-spin player, as I am, off the driver, it can definitely effect your ball flight. The e6+ tended to carry a little shorter than I expected it to, but it would roll out, off the driver, to catch up.

Around the greens, the B330s was leap years ahead of the other 2. The B330s is the best feeling ball I’ve ever played around the greens. it was easy to stop on short pitches. It was easy to make run out on pitch and runs. I found both the e5+ and e6+ a little more difficult to stop quickly. I played more flop type shots with the e5+ and e6+ than I was accustomed to playing. It wasn’t a huge adjustment, but there were a couple shots that I adjusted how I wanted to play them because of the ball. With the B330s, I felt I had full control of the ball, and could play whatever shot I wished.

On the green, I preferred the feel of the B330s as well, but all 3 felt good. The e5+ felt a little more “soft” than the other 2, but not bad. The B330s felt more like what I was accustomed to.

Conclusion

The B330s is comparable, if not even a little better, than the ProV1x I normally play. It spins a little more around the greens, but, spins more like the ProV1x off the full irons. The e5+ and e6+ were not designed to compare with the ProV1X. They have specific goals in mind, and from what I have seen, they hit those goals perfectly. All of the claims Bridgestone made about these balls are accurate!

In the winter months, when a slightly softer ball is desirable, the e5+ would be my choice. I like the Urethane cover. It doesn’t spin as much as the B330s, but in the soft conditions the winter brings on, this may not be needed.

Bridgestone did an excellent job with all 3 of these balls. While I liked the B330s best, I wouldn’t shy away from playing any of these balls.

If you do not feel comfortable with your current ball, or have never been fit for a golf ball, be sure to check out the Bridgestone Golf Challenge.

Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:33 am January 23, 2008
Saturday Golfer
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I typically play the ProV1x as well and may have to give the 330 a try based on your review. I have never played Bridgestone balls before, but it looks like the performance is pretty solid.

FYI – I just found your blog and am adding you to my blogroll.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 10:40 am January 23, 2008
DeepRough
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Saturday Golfer -

Glad you enjoyed the review, I think you’ll like the B330s balls. Another thing that may not have been too clear in the review, if you’re shredding your ProV1x balls with your LW now, you may find that the B330s balls are a little more durable.

PS – I’ll add your site to the blogroll here as well.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 2:11 am January 26, 2008
Sean Cassidy
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Hey there Sean, I just finished off a box of the current Bridgestone B330S golf balls.

Like you, I was a regular Titleist ProV1x ball player, but lately I’ve been playing about with some other balls (yes, I’m a golfing tart).

I really liked the B330S… plenty of spin around the greens and still long enough with the driver… and they don’t scuff up badly.

I’m currently working my way through a box of Srixon ZURC balls, and must say I like how they play… if I can remain faithful I may even get myself another box.

Thing I also like about balls like Bridgestone and Srixon is that you can often pick them up for under retail – they don’t have “Titleist” printed on them, so they probably don’t sell as fast.

Keep the good reviews coming.

Cheers

Sean Cassidy “Real Men Swing Fast” :)

Harvey Specter
Posted at 9:10 am January 26, 2008
Sean @ Deep Rough
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Thanks for the comment Sean. If you can find them, check out the TaylorMade TP Red (for more spin) or Black (for more distance) balls. The 2006/2007 models. They originally sold in the $40 range, but they are being replaced by the LDP models now, so you can find them for about $20 a dozen. Not quite as soft or as much spin as the B330S/ProV1x, but, for the price, it’s a nice value.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 10:30 am February 4, 2008
yamakai
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thanks!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:02 am May 26, 2008
hal hanono
Author

i played the e 6 and loved it. for some reason the e6+ plays totally different. (worse) i will be returning all unused boxes.
they definitely ruined a good ball with their improvements.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 5:02 pm August 11, 2008
G
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Did you find the 330 longer than the Pro V 1 X off the tee?

Harvey Specter
Posted at 5:25 am June 3, 2009
philippines golf
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i used prov1′s all last year but recently switched to the b330rx. i got to test them out at a golf expo and loved the soft feeling so i bought a dozen to take to the course. the difference for me is an improvement off the tee and the approach. i feel that i still have better control around the green with the prov1 but maybe i just need to get used to the b330rx.

by the way, i found your blog while searching for bridgestone blog reviews… keep up the good work!

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