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First Look: Bridgestone Golf J15 Driving Forged Irons – J15DF

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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I’m not sure what’s more fun, setting up my golf club glam shot photo shoots, or testing great golf clubs.  Today we are getting a first look at the new Bridgestone Golf J15 Driving Forged Irons, or J15DF.

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons - click to see more

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons – click to see more

I will start testing these irons soon, and post a review when I’ve got enough rounds with them to give a proper evaluation. Translation: I’m not going to hit three 7-irons on the driving range and rave about how great they are…

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons


Check Out the Dimple Pattern on the New 2015 Bridgestone Golf eSeries Golf Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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Bridgestone Golf has been doing a lot with dimple design in their eSeries.  The eSeries includes the e5, e6, and e7.   Previously, they did a dimple-in-dimple design, which carried over into their tour balls, the B300 series.  I’ve enjoyed the performance of said dimple pattern in the B330 model.

I just received some samples of the new eSeries for 2015 which feature an even more interesting dimple pattern. Below is a photo of the neat sample box.

Sample Box

These balls have a flower-leaf-like pattern where there are circular dimples in the center with irregular hexagon shaped leaves around them. Bridgestone calls it “Web Dimple” technology. The circular dimple still features the dimple-in-dimple pattern. See the image below, with the hexagonal leave shaped dimples highlighted.

Bridgestone Golf e7 Flower Pattern Dimple Highlighted

Bridgestone Golf e7 Flower Pattern Dimple Highlighted

The dimple patterns between the e5, e6, and e7 are slightly different to the naked eye. That’s likely how they get the different flight characteristics.

Bridgestone eSeries Golf Balls 2015

New 2015 Bridgestone Golf eSeries Golf Balls

Look for my reviews of the 2015 Bridgestone Golf eSeries golf balls later this spring.


Drool Alert: Bridgestone Golf Reveals 2015 Iron Line

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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Bridgestone Golf is known mostly as a golf ball company, but they make some killer clubs.  I know, because I’ve gamed many from the J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Irons to the J40 445 Driver.

Bridgestone has updated their 2015 lineup and just announced their newest irons.  There are four models:

  • J15MB Muscle Backs
  • J15CB Cavity Backs
  • J15DF Driving Forged Irons
  • J15DPF Dual Pocket Forged Irons

For details and the full press release on these new irons check out the Bridgestone J15 Irons press release on the HOG sister-site, HOGWire.biz, a golf newswire.  Enjoy the photos below.

J15DF

 

J15MB

 

J15CB

 

DPF


Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Team Logo Hats

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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I’ll admit it. I can be bought. Send me a golf product with a Utah Utes logo on it and you are guaranteed airtime.

I’m doing a hat review today. Yes some very hard-hitting, groundbreaking golf journalism. Today’s hat is the new Bridgestone Golf collegiate team logo hat. Bridgestone Golf has been offering college logo golf balls for a while and these hats make a great match.

Bridgestone Golf hat with Utes logo  = beautiful!

Bridgestone Golf hat with Utes logo = beautiful!

These adjustable hats are made from 100% washed cotton twill so they’re very comfortable and have a nice relaxed fit. The college team logo (preferably a Utes logo) is embroidered in a 3D effect which looks great. The side of the cap features a Bridgestone Golf logo for those of us who like to show our team colors and our golf colors at the same time.

There are currently 29 teams available for the Bridgestone Collegiate Caps: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Louisville, Louisiana State, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Retail price on these hats is $30.

Conclusion

College logo hats are a great addition and possible new revenue for golf shops in college towns. My local pro-shop sells the hell out of Utah hats which are made by another golf company. Now they can offer another selection from Bridgestone Golf and you can be sure I’ll be letting the merchandise manager know about them!


Did a Bridgestone Golf Online Ball Fitting Tune-Up – Confirmed What I Already Suspected

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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For a quite a while I’ve been gaming the Bridgestone Golf  B330-S golf ball and really loving it. A couple of months ago my supply ran out and I had 2-3 sleeves of  B330’s in the garage, so I decided to see if they felt any different.  Mind you, these are last year’s models.  This year’s model is “improved” but I have yet to test any out to see how much improvement there really is.  So for the last month and a half I’ve been gaming the 2013 B330.  I originally picked the B330-S because it has more spin than the B330.  Surprisingly though, the S feels a bit harder than the B330.  I seem to remember someone at Bridgestone telling me the S was in fact a little harder, which is part of the reason it can spin more.

After gaming the B330’s I do notice they seem softer, which is great for my golfer’s elbow.  It also feels great off the driver.  I’ve found no difference in distance for my granny dual chicken wing over the top swing, both are great.

A screen cap of part of my online fitting with Bridgestone…

 

Before I restocked I decided to jump on the Bridgestone website and do an online fitting, what they call BFit.  I’ve done a couple of read-deal in-person fittings in the past, but not for a couple of years.  Basically this session would be a confirmation of what I seem to have concluded, that for now my gamer is the B330.  My swing speed is around 100mph, measured recently by the new Swing Caddy launch monitor.  I can get it up to 102 or 103, but not without swinging too hard.  That swing speed puts me on the borderline between a B330-RX series or the B330 series.  I do feel I benefit from the added performance of the B330 and my online fitter “Mellowman” agreed.  I’m sure that was one of his easier fittings.

I’m stoked to get my B330’s back in the bag and I have confidence in what they are doing for me.  I’ve played some very improved golf this season so far, including a 2nd in my flight at the Salt Lake City Am.

I still think it would be fun to do an online fitting and totally mess with the fitter:  “Yeah, can your golf balls fix my hook slice?”


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