One size has never been part of Bridgestone’s approach to creating any of its golf balls.
Take the latest edition of the tower caliber Tower B Series, for example. While most major golf ball manufacturers have one, maybe two, sometimes three premium premium golf balls, Bridgestone offers a quartet: the BX visit, XS, X-rayand the RXS which includes a special edition version that exactly mimics the bullet used by Tiger. (They are all number 1 and have a TIGER side stamp.)
What is the reason for having four different models? It’s simple. Bridgestone has a massive amount of consumer data that backs up the need for four distinct golf balls, which the company claims is the exact number of balls needed to cover the full spectrum of player types who want a top quality ball. In case you were wondering, the company has been doing adjustment for over 15 years now and has accumulated data from over 3 million swings.
And while it’s the differences that make each of the four balls special, let’s look at the similarities that bind them together as a family.
First of all, everything Round B-Series golf balls come with Bridgestone’s newly reformulated REACTIV IQ urethane cover material which is designed for increased speed off the tee with a driver and increased grip when hitting short irons and shots corner. Bridgestone achieves this by using what it calls “impact modifiers” on the urethane cover. The first modifier is to increase ball speed with a driver, and the second modifier is to increase the time the ball spends on the face when hitting a shorter iron/wedge.
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Each model also comes with a seamless 330-dimple cover featuring Dual Dimple technology for better wind control and reduced drag. Finally, inside all B-Series balls is a Gradation Core for faster speed and reduced driver spin.
This is where things get interesting. To cover the full range of player types wanting a premium ball, each ball in the Tour B range meets a specific player request. The first is the Three Piece BX Tower, designed for players with swing speeds over 105 MPH who want maximum distance from the tee as their primary motivation. This means the ball spins less off the tee with a flatter launch. But because it’s still a tour-caliber ball, it still satisfies the control demands tough golfers have around the greens.
The next ball is the three pieces Tower B XS, which is also a ball suitable for golfers with swing speeds of over 105 MPH. The difference here is that it’s the ball for players who place more emphasis on spin and controlling distance around the greens. It’s still long and still designed to launch flatter with the driver, but it’s specially formulated to spin more and stick longer in the face for more bite and a smoother feel with shorter clubs. As already mentioned, this is the ball that comes in a special edition of Tiger Woods, which is not just a ball that looks like the one he plays. The GOAT actually worked together to make the RXS what it is on the inside.
The third in line is the Tower B RX three pieces, and that’s where Bridgestone really taps into that full spectrum of player types, as it’s a tour-caliber distance golf ball for golfers with medium swing speeds. The B RX is specially formulated to help golfers with swings below 105 MPH swing extra yards off the tee while maintaining the kind of softer feel and short shot performance you’d expect from a ball. high-end golf course.
Now you can probably tell where we’re going with the last ball, the three pieces Tower B RXS. It’s also a golf ball designed for players with swing speeds below 105 MPH, only instead of being formulated for extra distance, it’s a high spin ball for added control.
We’ve tried all four golf balls ourselves and while the skeptic may think all four will play pretty much the same, we’ve found each ball to represent true-to-label differences in how they feel. feel and work. In fact, these latest iterations (the 2022 models) are even more distinctive from each other than were previous generations of the same balls. For our fast swingers, the Tour BX delivered massive shots off the tee and the Tour B XS made it easy to hit high spin short shots.
For our average swing speeds, the RX and RXS behaved similarly, and we found surprising distance in both balls (although the RXS spun more on short shots.) Finally, we found that all four balls had increased durability and improved feel. out of the driver, compared to previous iterations.
Does the Tour B Series line mean that every player must use a tour caliber ball? Not necessarily. But if you want to try a premium urethane coated ball, any of these four balls is pretty sure to suit your game.
The importance of ball fit
We regularly emphasize the importance of golf ball fit. Choosing a ball based on your swing parameters is important and choosing the right ball can make a huge difference in the performance of the ball off the clubface.
In addition to our ardent plea for the ball, we must entrust it to Bridgestone. The company has been touting the importance of golf ball fit for over 15 years now, helping golfers around the world find the right golf ball.
The company’s online fit tool (which uses data from over 320,000 launch monitor fits) is simple and intuitive, and we particularly like the two-pronged approach: you can either dial in your recommendation from optimal ball based on your shooting tendencies, scoring averages and your desires in terms of spin and distance with each club; or, you can base your adjustment on specific launch conditions and enter things like your exact swing speed, launch angle, and spin rates. There’s also Bridgestone’s VFIT, which allows golfers to upload a video of their swing (in slow motion) which is then analyzed for a personalized ball recommendation.
And that’s just the online stuff. Bridgestone’s live editing experience is also top-notch, with numerous live ball-fitting events at various locations around the country. There’s even an autonomous robot called OTTO that has a built-in launch monitor that will watch you hit balls and make audible recommendations based on your shot data.
Learn more online at bridgestonegolf.com