Bridgestone Balls Keep Rolling Along
I’m a nomad when it comes to golf balls. Some days a Titleist feels good, others a Srixon. Often, I sprinkle in other brands. One I’ve really gotten to like the past few years is Bridgestone. The B330 series has frequently been a staple go-to in my bag. So I was a little dismayed recently when the company announced it was doing away with the RX-330 line and replacing it with the new Tour B Series and its four models – TOUR B X, XS, RX and RXS ($45/dozen). Of course, the company claims the new models provide even better feel, accuracy and distance.
My verdict? The new X and S are for low handicaps seeking feel, with improved spin and greenside control over the B330 and B330-S predecessors — thanks to a softer urethane cover. The X is more accurate off the tee, the XS is longer. The RX and RXS are for mid-to-low handicappers, boosting distance and optimized trajectory because of modified dimples. The RX will find more fairways, the RXS enhances feel. I previewed the latter two last week during a round at Encinitas Ranch GC, and found them to be more than adequate. The RX felt slightly short off the tee, but I quickly found those missing yards after switching to the RXS. It was probably more my game than anything. Regardless, both models will be in my regular rotation for the next year.
Veteran golf writer Scott Kramer has covered the golf equipment market full-time since 1990. His career has spanned senior editor positions at both Golf Pro Magazine and GOLF Magazine. He now works on a freelance basis for many consumer and trade publications, including the SCGA’s FORE magazine.