March 2010

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Bridgestone e-Series
NOW PLAYING: BRIDGESTONE e-SERIES

Balls
Bridgestone has revamped its e-Series golf balls ($26/dozen). The two-piece e5 has a softer urethane cover and a reworked dimple pattern for a higher ballflight, while the three-piece e6 has a new inner layer that cuts sidespin for straighter, longer hits. The new three-piece e7 is a lot like the e6, only it’s about five percent firmer for a lower ballflight.

The latest distance ball from Nike, the Crush, was designed for players with slower swing speeds (80-95 mph) who want to really nuke it. The two-piece ball features an ionomer cover and a high-energy core that helps to reduce unwanted spin. But the best thing about the Crush might be its price: $22/dozen.

Designed to perform with the new shallower grooves put into effect by the USGA and R&A, Wilson’s FG Tour ($35/dozen) ball features a soft urethane cover that the manufacturer claims will grab onto the clubface (and grooves) to produce more spin.

Now considered the old reliable in the increasingly heated golf ball war, the Titleist Pro V1 nonetheless continues to lead the pack. Improved in 2007 so it no longer has a seam, the Pro V1 launches higher than its brother, the Pro V1x. While other manufacturers have chipped away at Titleist’s market share, it’s hard to beat the quality of the ball that reshaped the game. How could they improve it even more? The price. Prepare to cough up $58 for a dozen.


Nike Crush

Wilson FG Tour

Titleist Pro V1

 

Poll:

What Golf Ball Do You Play?
Titleist—35%
Callaway—15%
Nike—14%
Bridgestone—13%
Srixon—7%
Other—16%
Source: golftipsmag.com




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