2010 Buyer's Guide Balls

Golf balls are a lot like shoes. If one doesn’t fit your game, it can make for a very uncomfortable round.

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A golf ball is a little like a shoe. If it doesn’t fit, why bother using it?

Consider that, like a shoe, there are any number of golf balls on the market. Some spin a lot on approach shots, others not so much. Some are durable and can handle constant beating, while others are susceptible to cutting from sharp wedge grooves. With each type of ball comes different price levels and expectations, not to mention benefits (and possibly detriments to your game).

And, while it’s easy to want to play what Tour pros use, that doesn’t mean that you should go dump $60 for a dozen balls. (In fact, most golfers should probably play the exact opposite type of ball.)

Over the following pages, as you read through our listings, pay close attention to each golf ball’s characteristics. Find one that matches your profile, buy a sleeve and try them the next time you play. You might be surprised at the results.

Bridgestone E+ Series
Key Feature: With the e7+ joining the already popular e5+ and e6+, golfers can discriminate between a multilayer designed for a piercing trajectory (e7+), a multilayer that reduces hooks and slices (e6+) and a two-piece ball designed for a higher ballflight (e5+).
What We Like: Each ball performed exactly as the box describes. Sweet!
Who It’s For:
Those who want a great ball for under 30 bucks a dozen.
Specs: e5+ is a two-piece with a urethane cover; e6+ and e7+ are multilayers with ionomer covers.
bridgestonegolf.com | $27/doz.

Bridgestone B330-RXS
Key Feature: The three-piece design is optimized again for average swing speeds, this time by softening the core and added an even softer-feeling and higher-spinning 330-RXS model.
What We Like:
The RXS model spins exceptionally around the green, which coincidentally is what amateurs want. And by the way, we didn’t lose a yard of distance. We actually gained a few.
Who It’s For:
Amateurs who want to get the most out of a urethane-covered ball.
Specs: Three-piece construction with a seamless urethane cover.
bridgestonegolf.com | $42/doz.
Bridgestone B330/B330-S
Key Feature: Made with a four-piece construction, both models offer enhanced distance, feel and control.
What We Like: Both models easily can be considered among the best in the premium category. We especially like the B330 now that it spins more than previous models around the green. The B330-S is soft, long and spinny where you need it. We flat-out love that!
Who It’s For:
The B330-S is softer and has a little more iron spin. The B330 has a lower trajectory and firmer feel.
Specs: Four-piece with urethane covers.
bridgestonegolf.com | $42/doz.


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