Back at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show, I visited the Bridgestone Booth.. if you can call it that, it was rather large for a booth, perhaps we can call it the Bridgestone area… They were demonstrating their new golf ball fitting challenge. The gist of it was pretty simple. They had you hit your current ball, tracked the stats and then compiling the data, they would recommend one of their golf balls. You would then hit that ball and compare the two sets of stats and they would give you a sleeve of the recommended ball to play on the course.
I must confess, with the driver I’m a bit of a slicer.. I affectionately call it my power fade, but the end result is the same. Smack the ball and if I’m having a bad day, it gets ugly. Just so happens, at the show, it was a bad day.. So, the recommended ball for me was the Bridgestone e6. I’ve heard folks call it the spin killer, which, for a slicer, is perfect.
The Bridgestone e6 golf ball has a new dual dimple design for increased distance. The outer dimple promotes a shallow angle of descent for increased roll whilst the inner dimple increases thrust power at launch for greater distance.
The e6 is one of the softest multilayer golf balls on the market today. My buddy John Duval from intothegrain.com took part in the 2011 Golf Digest Golf Ball Hot List testing and one of the balls he tested was the Bridgestone e6 and he said he was pleasantly surprised at how well the ball performed. The ball is not really considered a “players” ball but he’s a +2 handicap and said it was very soft and performed exceptionally well around the greens. Coming from John, who is a Srixon man through and through, a positive comment like that is more than just lip service.
The Bridgestone e6 is designed for straight distance, providing significant side spin reduction to minimize slice or hook spin, helping you hit the ball straighter and longer. It’s a four layer ball with a soft gradational compression core.
The second is the anti-side spin inner layer followed by an outer soft Surlyn cover and the new 330 seamless dimple design with the New Dual Dimple Technology.
Put all these together and the Bridgestone e6 is a ball that will fly straighter, longer with more roll that other golf balls in it’s class. This ball is ideal for my fellow mid-high handicappers who love to hit the driver but aren’t always pleased with the results.
I first put the ball into play during a review round out at Errol Estates Golf Course and instantly fell for it’s charms. I didn’t see an incredible increase in distance, but the ball most certainly flew straighter. Coupling straighter ball flight with my custom fitted R11 Driver, I was very pleased with the round.
That’s not to say I didn’t have any errant tee shots, but the misses were much more manageable. The e6 is available in white, optic yellow and orange. I’m partial to the optic yellows, makes it easier to find when you’re not in the short stuff.
I’ve logged quite a few rounds with the Bridgestone e6 and it’s my current ball of choice. If you’re not convinced yet, visit Bridgestones website and read some of the 172 comments other golfers have written about the golf ball.
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