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Bridgestone’s new B330 golf balls

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At GolfWRX and in the golf industry as a collective, we talk a lot about club fitting, encouraging golfers to put the right tools in their hand. But if they’re not using the correct golf ball, then is performance really optimized?

In the development of its new B300 golf balls, Bridgestone used feedback, statistics and information from its golf ball fittings — more than 300,000 to date according to the company — to develop golf balls better suited to its target audience.

As such, Bridgestone has developed four new golf balls: the B330 and B330S for those who swing faster than 105 mph, and the B330 RX and B330 RXS for those who swing slower than 105 mph.

The urethane covers of all the B330 golf balls are made with new processes and different polymers, a technology the company calls SlipRes. By reducing slippage between the cover and inner layers of the golf ball, SlipRes covers increase friction, and thereby spin, on wedge shots around the green. On driver shots, the technology actually decreases spin for more distance. Bridgestone also says the new covers are softer and more durable than past models.

Learn which B330 golf ball is best for your game below.

Bridgestone B330 and B330S

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Bridgestone’s B330 golf balls have a dual-dimple design for a better flight.

According to Bridgestone, only 25 percent of golfers swing more than 105 mph with their drivers. If you’re one of them, Bridgestone says its upgraded B330 and B330S golf balls are best for you.

Like previous models, both balls use a four-piece design. They use 28 percent larger cores (Bridgestone calls them TourCores) than their predecessors, however, which will create increased ball speeds. Combined with the SlipRes cover, the new golf balls are said to provide better control, distance and durability.

The B330S balls have a slightly softer feel and will produce more spin than the B330 balls, which are designed for maximum distance.

Bridgestone’s B330 and B330S will in stores on March 4 and sell at retail for $45 per dozen.

Bridgestone B330 RX and B330 RXS

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With a softer compression than the B330 and B330S, these golf balls are designed for the 75 percent of golfers who swing less than 105 mph with their driver. They have what Bridgestone calls an AmateurCore, which has lower compression than the TourCore, producing a higher trajectory with more spin for most golfers.

Both balls with help golfers with slower swing speeds produce maximum height and distance with their drives and longer shots, while still offering tour-caliber feel around the greens with its SlipRes cover and three-piece urethane construction.

Bridgestone’s B330RX and B330RXS will sell for $40 per dozen and are available on Jan. 26.
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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Chip

    Jun 28, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I can’t speak to the B330S, but you are wrong about the B330…it is a 3 piece ball, not a 4 piece ball.

  2. Eddy

    Jan 28, 2016 at 3:46 am

    I very much likes the durability of the old Bridgestones. In my opinion much better than the Titleists (much more abrasion on those).

  3. john

    Jan 26, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    the old 330 felt … heavy, went the same distance as every other tour ball with the same greenside spin, just felt.. i don’t know how to describe it other than ‘heavy’. I will give the new ones a go if the price point is fair, i’ve found with “Tour” balls (prov1 included) that they are perform pretty much the same – just the one who’s branding you like and price point is the ball for you

  4. nick

    Jan 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    durability on the 330’s (s/and regular) is lacking. last years anyways. compared to the 2015 pro v, its not even close. cheers to bridgestone if they correct this. i do buy them when they go on sale.

  5. RHJazz

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Do they still add water to the core? I’m amused by their campaign that you need to compress the ball to “boom” the ball… Water doesn’t compress.

  6. Mat

    Jan 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Durability? B330s I have used have zero problems related to their durability. What are you doing to them?

  7. Nihonsei75

    Jan 25, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Will somebody please post from the merch show if Bridgestone has really improved durability? I like Snell over the previous 330 and RX for durability alone, nvmd price. Thanks if you do!

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

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Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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