I wonder how many club golfers are actually aware that the design of a golf ball can affect how far you hit it, and how this works with your swing speed. For instance, did you know that with a slower swing speed and low-spinning ball you can out-drive someone with a faster swing speed and high-spinning ball? The guys at Bridgestone have produce a range of balls that will suit varying types of swing speeds to obtain the maximum distance from your drives, which is great news for club golfers.
A series of simple step-by-step questions on the Bridgestone website will take you to the ideal ball for how you play the game. Anyone who plays golf and watches tournaments on TV will have heard commentators talking about players who have changed club manufacturers, only to struggle with their new clubs. The same is true of the ball. Players often find it hard to get used to a new one, in particular how it reacts at impact and flies, as well as the feel they get off the clubface around the green.
I went to the Bridgestone website, and, having put in my information, was recommended the B330. I then tested it on my recent trip to Costa Brava, which took in the stunning Stadium course at PGA Catalunya.
The R&D department at Bridgestone discovered that by adding a drop of water to the core formulation process, the ball was getting improved performance stats, which helped produce 30 per cent more in the graduation formulation. This basically means it produced a softer core with a firmer exterior, giving the ball less spin at impact off a driver’s clubface, which in turn meant the ball was achieving more distance, better accuracy and less dispersion.
I like the fact that Bridgestone has taken into consideration all types of players with its B-Series range, and I found the step-by-step online ball-fitting process very easy to go through, but what you probably want to know is how good the ball was. I used it over four rounds of golf and in all kinds of weather, and the distances I achieved were great. I could see on a couple of bad drives – when I sometimes come out of the ball and produce a big, high cut shot – that the ball didn’t tail off as much to the right, as it normally would when the velocity starts to decrease.
Around the green it gave me great feel and control, and, most importantly, when hitting those 70/100 wedge shots into the green I felt I could control the ball and get it to stop quickly.
All in all a great ball, and I think you’ll like the online ball-fitting service. It will help you get the most out of your golf ball, and, in turn, your game.
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