Bridgestone Tour B330-RX

December 8, 2008 – Sherman Oaks, CA. GolfBallSelector.com has completed initial testing on the Tour B330-RX.

The Bridgestone Tour B330-RX, introduced this past August, is a 3-piece golf ball construction, which includes a low compression core, ionomer inner cover, and urethane outer cover with 330-dimple pattern.

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The Tour B330-RX was bench tested for compression and cover hardness, robotically putter tested and player tested by GolfBallSelector.com using the driver, 6 iron and sand wedge.

 

 

The Tour B330-RX will be included in our next scheduled GolfBallSelector.com site release so we do not make any application statements. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount in choosing a ball.

Notable Observations

According to Bridgestone, the new Tour B330-RX “is a ball designed specifically for low handicappers who do not have tour-level swing speeds, but want tour-level performance in their short game”. Bridgestone states the Tour B330-RX is “designed for swing speeds between 85-105 mph”.

Our independent testing and performance benchmarking against the 75 other balls in the GolfBallSelector.com testing database (tour and non-tour balls) confirms Bridgestone’s claims that the Tour B330-RX is a low spinning ball off the driver for lower ball speeds, of less than about 125 mph.

Our bench testing also showed that the Tour B330-RX has a compression reading of 85 using the ATTI golf ball compression test device. This is a reading approximately 10 compression points lower than the Titleist Pro V1, 30 points lower than the 2007 version of the Bridgestone Tour B330 and 13 points lower that the Bridgestone e5+.

Both of these factors – low spin off the driver and a lower compression golf ball construction – may then contribute to improved distance and overall performance for some lower ball speed golfers. However, it is very important to note that distance performance of any ball will vary by golfer profile and by the combination of factors, such as ball speed, launch angle, angle of attack and equipment set-up designed to control for spin.

In our testing using a standard 56 degree sand wedge, the Tour B330-RX provides, in general, less spin than a Titleist Pro V1 and significantly less spin than the Nike One Platinum, which is among the highest spinning balls tested to date.

GolfBallSelector.com robotic putter testing indicates that the Tour B330-RX has similar “hotness” off the putter to the Pro V1; and other bench testing reveals that the Tour B330-RX also exhibits similar cover hardness to the Titleist Pro V1.

In summary, the Tour B330-RX shows many strong characteristics the average to low ball speed golfer may seek; and exhibits short game spin and feel characteristics similar to that of a Titleist Pro V1.

GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the Tour B330-RX should consider its “best fit” potential for their own game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com.

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Gary Esayian
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6 Comments

  • 1. Golfer  |  December 9th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Very interesting! Thank you.

  • 2. Marc Brady,PGA  |  December 12th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Excellent ball for those that want the feel and performance of the ProV1 but do not have the swing speed for that ball. Seniors who were stronger players earlier in their golfing career but do not want to sacrifice distance for feel should try this ball. The price point makes this a nice alternative and the service from Bridgestone to the PGA pro is fantastic.

  • 3. Brad Smith  |  December 25th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    The write up states that this is a lower spinning ball off the driver for slower swingers. But don’t most slower swingers need to get higher launch angles and higher spin to keep the ball in the air longer? Note that I said most, not all.

    Here’s a quote from Tom Wishon’s site on this topic:

    “Rarely will golfers who can generate a ball speed lower than 155 mph benefit from using a clubhead or ball that generates lower backspin with the driver. This is because at 155mph ball speed) can really benefit from less spin on the ball.” (emphasis added)

    Comments??

  • 4. Gary Mayes  |  January 8th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Brad

    Thanks for your comment. Our initial testing indicated that this golf ball is in the lower half of the driver spin category of golf balls tested to date. It is important to use caution attempting to isolate any one factor that dominates golf ball performance. Optimal driver performance comes from the right combination of ball speed, launch, and spin and properly fitted club for any given golfer’s swing characteristics. For this reason, we are careful to make generalized application statements regarding each of these factors independently.

    Gary Mayes
    GolfBallTest.org

  • 5. Chuck  |  January 6th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Really impressed with the B330RX. I am hitting easily an extra 15 to 20 yards off the tee with this ball as compared to the NXT Tour and the Srixon AD333.

    Also, I can’t hit a pro v1 any distance at all due to my sub 100 swing speed (pro v1 won’t compress at slow swing speeds).

    Finally found the ball that perfectly suits my game!

  • 6. Bobby  |  December 7th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    So then as a golfer goes down in club length as they go from Driver down to say a 3 hybrid then their swing speed also drops. Does this mean that they no longer benefit from a higher compression balls effect?
    The idea being that you should change balls each hole depending upon whether or not you need to tee off with a driver. Pro V1 for driver holes (you still benefit from short game spin) – then switch to a B330RX on tee shots requiring a short tee shot or undriveable par 4?





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