Bridgestone Golf can chalk up a win for its just announced Tour B330 ball. It was played by Brandt Snedeker at the Farmers Insurance Open overcoming wind and rain, so bad it could be used as the definition of inclement golf weather.
The Tour B330 and stablemate Tour B330S (S – for softer cover) are made specifically for swing speeds over 105 mph while the Bridgestone Tour B330RX and Tour B330RXS are for swings under that speed. All four new models have Bridgestone’s SlipRes cover and 330 Dual Dimple pattern. SlipRes produces a high coefficient of friction for lower spin off the driver but added spin around the green and for shots from the rough.
And there is a nice added feature, the cover is self-repairing for minor abrasions so the ball can be played for more holes.
The main distinction is the RX and RXs (both $40 dozen) have the new AMATOURcore which is 28 percent softer to give higher ball speeds for slower swingers while the Tour B330 and Tour B330S (both $45 dozen) have Bridgestone’s firmer TOURcore that responds better for faster swings.
Snedeker’s win also is the first for Bridgestone’s new JGR driver with their F.A.S.T. crown with variable thickness, thinner near the clubface and gradually thickening towards the rear.
The Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X shaft in his driver is a 47 gram weight with medium launch and the Aerotech SteelFiber i95 S shafts in his irons have a steel fiber outside wrapped around a graphite inner core/
Meanwhile Callaway can boast a victory on the European Tour as Branden Grace grabbed the top spot in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters using a Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond driver and three wood. The driver ($500) is for high swing speed players and features Callaway’s Gravity Core in either of two sole locations for straight or draw bias and the core can be flipped depending on whether normal impact is high or low on the face.
The driver also has a deeper and thinner face with their R*MOTO construction with a traditional look plus a low center of gravity. Add to the package Callaway’s OptiFit hosel–8 positions for loft and lie adjustment—and lots of forgiveness as well.
Grace’s Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway Wood ($300) has a cup face to more ball speed and adjustable weights (3g and 16g) to personalize the ball flight.
A Fujikura Fuel 65X shaft in his driver was a good match with the DBD driver. Grace uses the Titleist Pro V1 x ball.