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.
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!
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.
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!
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?”
It was a bit of an accident that I got to this review at all. I’ve I had a box of Bridgestone Tour B330-S golf balls sitting in my garage for some time. I hadn’t intended to try them any time soon based on my experience with the previous models. They were simply too hard feeling. During a recent round I was struggling a bit and had lost a few balls. When looking for for one of the lost balls, I found a brand new B330-S, the 2012 model with the dual dimple pattern. I threw the ball into play on the next tee, the 15th hole. 15 is a very tough 440 yard par-4 which is uphill. I knocked that B330-S inside the 150 marker, the longest drive I’d hit on that hole all year. I was hitting a wedge into a green I normally hit 5-7 iron. At that point, the ball had my complete attention. I’ve played the B330-S now for the last roughly eight rounds with very good results.
Bridgestone Tour B330-S Golf Ball – look closely for the dual dimples. Click to zoom.
Bridgestone Golf Tour B330-S Overview
The Tour B330-S is Bridgestone’s higher spin “tour” ball. “Tour” meaning what most tour players would use. Tour balls are typically higher compression and higher spin. That higher compression is one of the reasons I’d avoided trying the ball. That avoidance was clearly a mistake on my part, as I’m able to compress the ball just fine despite not having the swing speed of someone like Matt Kuchar or Fred Couples. (more…)
Bridgestone J40 445 driver - Click for more images
This product review is going to be a little different than my standard format. I’m teaming up with a local pro and buddy, who will remain anonymous. This is to protect his relationship with his equipment sponsor, who does not happen to be Bridgestone Golf. In fact, he puts his other driver’s cover on the 445 just in case. Why do I need to include him? Because I only had the opportunity to hit the J40 445 driver three times. After my friend the pro hit it on the range, he took it from me and refused to give it back. I’m not kidding. He won’t let me have the club back, despite how badly I’d like to try it more and see if it could earn a starting position in my club lineup. My J40 3+ fairway found an instant starting position and if the driver is close to as good, it would too.
About The J40 445
What does the 445 mean in the name? That’s how many CC’s or cubic centimeters the head is. 99.9% of the drivers out there right now are at the max allowed cubic centimeters which is 460. Be reducing the size a bit, Bridgestone has increased the stability of the club and reduced the aerodynamics.
The club is made from 6-4 titanium with the weight moved to the perimeter. There is also a stainless steel weight in the heel. This helps with accuracy and forgiveness, and gives the club a low center of gravity for a mid to high launch angle. The club also produces less spin, once again helping in the accuracy department.