Bridgestone's new B330 series golf balls even longer for players with fast swing speeds
It’s perfect symmetry that Matt Kuchar is the most recognizable name on the PGA Tour playing a prototype of the new version of the Bridgestone B330 series of golf balls.
Like Kuchar, golf balls made by Bridgestone are under appreciated as to how good they really are. The Pro-V1X dominates pro golf, but Bridgestone’s breakout B330 series continues to improve.
The 2011 version of the TOUR B330 and TOUR B330-S golf balls - available for sale this fall for the first time - allow players with higher swing speeds more distance off the tee, yet still maintaining the same great spin and feel.
Bridgestone engineers created a new material, an RD10 resin, for several interior mantle layers, which increased the golf ball’s density. That, in turn, results in a higher initial velocity on impact but an overall softening of the mantle layers.
The dimple pattern has also been be redesigned. The shallower dimples compensate for a softer cover. The new dimples foster a shallower landing angle on tee-shots for more fairway roll. All that equals more power.
We all know how the new ball has worked out for Kuchar. He had more top 10s (11) than any player on tour this year and led the race for the FedEx Cup until he was overtaken at the Tour Championship on the final day. He’s a strong candidate for Player of the Year with one win and four other top-three finishes. He is first on the PGA Tour in scoring average and fifth in birdies.
“With the new B330 family of balls we’re letting better players know that it’s OK to be long,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing - Bridgestone Golf, Inc, in a statement. “We’ve heard our high-swing speed customers loud and clear, and the overwhelming majority still want one thing in their golf balls, more distance. According to a recent consumer survey we conducted, golfers are very pleased with our balls’ spin performance around the greens. The thing every golfer wanted was more length. With all the industry spin on the new grooves out there right now, we think it is important that someone let golfers know what is really going to improve their scores - better length and accuracy. Neither of which comes from creating more spin.”
The best way to find out if this is the ball for you is to get tested. I don’t swing the club 105 miles per hour and up like pros do, but maybe you can. Check out upcoming the upcoming Bridgestone Golf ball-fitting schedule here.
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