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Bridgestone Golf Unveils New e6 Series Golf Balls

e6 SOFT e6 SPEED e6 Bridgestone Golf Ball Golf

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#31 ob18

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 07:28 PM

View Postgpleonard, on 25 November 2016 - 07:08 PM, said:

I just picked up 4 dozen of the E6 Soft and will be hoping to play them a little before I hit Florida for the month of March. Really excited about this ball.

I may try a sleeve when I see them...........$29, still above my comfort level.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 07:36 PM

View Postgpleonard, on 25 November 2016 - 07:08 PM, said:

I just picked up 4 dozen of the E6 Soft and will be hoping to play them a little before I hit Florida for the month of March. Really excited about this ball.
Excited in anticipation I presume.

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 12:03 PM

Looks like the old E6 can be had for $1 per ball.  Good choice for a mid-capper.

https://www.rockbott...-balls-3-dozen/

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:23 PM

View PostNeed2golfalot, on 11 December 2016 - 12:03 PM, said:

Looks like the old E6 can be had for $1 per ball.  Good choice for a mid-capper.

https://www.rockbott...-balls-3-dozen/

That's the 2013 version...........personally I like the 2015 a bit more.
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Posted 12 December 2016 - 02:35 AM

View Postob18, on 11 December 2016 - 07:23 PM, said:

View PostNeed2golfalot, on 11 December 2016 - 12:03 PM, said:

Looks like the old E6 can be had for $1 per ball.  Good choice for a mid-capper.

https://www.rockbott...-balls-3-dozen/

That's the 2013 version...........personally I like the 2015 a bit more.

The 2013 are great if you need a higher launching e6. The 2015 is lower launching, quite noticeable when contrasted against the 2013 version.

I've not seen the e6 speed here in LA yet...Roger Dunn has the e6 soft but the e6 speed is the one I will be after.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 11:41 AM

View PostSwingBlues, on 12 December 2016 - 02:35 AM, said:

View Postob18, on 11 December 2016 - 07:23 PM, said:

View PostNeed2golfalot, on 11 December 2016 - 12:03 PM, said:

Looks like the old E6 can be had for $1 per ball.  Good choice for a mid-capper.

https://www.rockbott...-balls-3-dozen/

That's the 2013 version...........personally I like the 2015 a bit more.

The 2013 are great if you need a higher launching e6. The 2015 is lower launching, quite noticeable when contrasted against the 2013 version.

I've not seen the e6 speed here in LA yet...Roger Dunn has the e6 soft but the e6 speed is the one I will be after.

Yeah I needed the lower launch.......the last thing I need is any help hitting rain makers.

Here is the place to purchase them online (if you don't mind the $8.00 shipping)

http://shop.bridgest...f-balls-by-type
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Posted 15 December 2016 - 01:45 PM

View Postob18, on 12 December 2016 - 11:41 AM, said:

View PostSwingBlues, on 12 December 2016 - 02:35 AM, said:

View Postob18, on 11 December 2016 - 07:23 PM, said:

View PostNeed2golfalot, on 11 December 2016 - 12:03 PM, said:

Looks like the old E6 can be had for $1 per ball.  Good choice for a mid-capper.

https://www.rockbott...-balls-3-dozen/

That's the 2013 version...........personally I like the 2015 a bit more.

The 2013 are great if you need a higher launching e6. The 2015 is lower launching, quite noticeable when contrasted against the 2013 version.

I've not seen the e6 speed here in LA yet...Roger Dunn has the e6 soft but the e6 speed is the one I will be after.

Yeah I needed the lower launch.......the last thing I need is any help hitting rain makers.

Here is the place to purchase them online (if you don't mind the $8.00 shipping)

http://shop.bridgest...f-balls-by-type

Or, if you want to save the shipping cost and possibly get a 10% discount with initial mailing list signup, one of the golfwrx sponsors--mortongolfsales.com--has the soft and speed in stock. Free shipping over $50.  Great store and source for internet golf stuff.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 02:23 PM

View Postspartanglfr, on 15 December 2016 - 01:45 PM, said:

View Postob18, on 12 December 2016 - 11:41 AM, said:

View PostSwingBlues, on 12 December 2016 - 02:35 AM, said:

View Postob18, on 11 December 2016 - 07:23 PM, said:

View PostNeed2golfalot, on 11 December 2016 - 12:03 PM, said:

Looks like the old E6 can be had for $1 per ball.  Good choice for a mid-capper.

https://www.rockbott...-balls-3-dozen/

That's the 2013 version...........personally I like the 2015 a bit more.

The 2013 are great if you need a higher launching e6. The 2015 is lower launching, quite noticeable when contrasted against the 2013 version.

I've not seen the e6 speed here in LA yet...Roger Dunn has the e6 soft but the e6 speed is the one I will be after.

Yeah I needed the lower launch.......the last thing I need is any help hitting rain makers.

Here is the place to purchase them online (if you don't mind the $8.00 shipping)

http://shop.bridgest...f-balls-by-type

Or, if you want to save the shipping cost and possibly get a 10% discount with initial mailing list signup, one of the golfwrx sponsors--mortongolfsales.com--has the soft and speed in stock. Free shipping over $50.  Great store and source for internet golf stuff.

I may look for a sleeve first to just try out.  Since it's currently 26 degrees outside I don't plan to golf anytime soon.
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Posted 23 December 2016 - 01:21 AM

I played a round with the e6 soft today. The sound is great, it feels soft, and I found my iron shots to stick to the green. I didn't feel as if they were as straight as the old e6s at times but I didn't see a difference in terms of distance. As a chronic slicer I need to spend more time playing them before I can determine if it was the ball or me :-) . I plan on continue using this sleeve then try out the the e6 Speed.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 11:01 AM

I auditioned the e6 soft yesterday- switched off and on with the gamer soft which has been in the bag almost 2 years.  The new e6 soft is softer off chips and putts than the gs with almost the identical amount of spin.  I noticed for me it came off the sand wedge a little lower than the gs.  Putting is slightly more muted than the gs but comparable rollout.  For me the manners around the green are much better than previous e6 versions and current supersoft/duo balls.
On the driver it launched lower and is slightly shapeable side to side but it tends to straighten as it falls so the side spin reduction is real. I measured a few drives between the 2 and they were virtually tied off the tee- around 260 yds for me yesterday.
Irons flew straight and felt a little softer off the face - with both hybrid and shorter irons. The ballflight is lower and flatter- so I expect it would be a good ball on windy days.  
Overall a very good ball for a non urethane cover- especially if you are a high ball player.  It won't replace my gs, and for me the near $30 price point is silly, but the ball performs like advertised.


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:31 PM

I played both I think I prefer the soft but didn't mind the clicky feel of the speed both balls fly higher than I am use too but that is what helps them hold greens. Distance was close. I thought the speed maybe a touch longer with irons that could be the different conditions from day to day but didn't notice any with the driver all and all I liked both balls. Definitely straight.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 02:09 PM

If I find them I'll try them but I'll probably pick between the q-star & gamers.........as I either play my stock of e6 unless I find somebody to buy them

Edited by ob18, 30 December 2016 - 10:40 AM.

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 07:48 AM

Decent review of both balls here.
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 08:19 AM

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:08 PM

View PostWolfWRX, on 30 December 2016 - 07:48 AM, said:

Decent review of both balls here.

Good review...but the link he has to Amazon shows the old 2013 version of the e6 ball, not even the 2015 or the new 2017 E6 speed ball. However, looks like the review does show the new e6 speed ball (based on his photos).

Its weird, this is SoCal...its summer all year round but the e6 speed ball is not out (at least the last time I checked Roger Dunn North Hollywood before Christmas)..they have the e6 soft but not the speed.

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 08:12 PM

View PostSwingBlues, on 30 December 2016 - 12:08 PM, said:

View PostWolfWRX, on 30 December 2016 - 07:48 AM, said:

Decent review of both balls here.

Good review...but the link he has to Amazon shows the old 2013 version of the e6 ball, not even the 2015 or the new 2017 E6 speed ball. However, looks like the review does show the new e6 speed ball (based on his photos).

Its weird, this is SoCal...its summer all year round but the e6 speed ball is not out (at least the last time I checked Roger Dunn North Hollywood before Christmas)..they have the e6 soft but not the speed.

He also states that the e6 was first released in 2013 when in reality it was 2005. I stopped reading when he started talking about his bounce test...

Edited by storm319, 30 December 2016 - 08:15 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:18 PM

I thought it was 2009...meh...someone will chime in. Regardless, Bridgestone is on the right track...can't wait to try the E6 Speed. In the interim, I have some 2016 Tour B330 to try with my 105-108 SS.

Mind you, those numbers he's posted from going 280 to 307 (using his smallest number) is crazy...thats MORE than the Epic numbers. Either he's badly fitted to the ProV with way too much spin or he's getting a ton of roll on the hard winter fairways..."BOOM" indeed.

Edited by SwingBlues, 30 December 2016 - 09:24 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:06 PM

Have not got it out to the course yet, but the e6 speed seems to "feel" better putting in my apartment than the old e6, nxt tour, project (a), and b330rx. The b330rx comes closest. Excited to get it on the course during a trip in a few weeks.
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:49 PM

View Postjcg132, on 04 January 2017 - 03:06 PM, said:

Have not got it out to the course yet, but the e6 speed seems to "feel" better putting in my apartment than the old e6, nxt tour, project (a), and b330rx. The b330rx comes closest. Excited to get it on the course during a trip in a few weeks.
in what way does it feel better? Do you get a better sense for lag putting?

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 05:25 PM

I played 2 balls on Monday. For starters, Monday in Los Angeles was cold, cloudy and air humid from the rains. The fairways were soggy and muddy. Not an "ideal" day to test any length of balls, since most balls would not run. As for myself, I swing 105-108 SS and my equipment is in my sig. Driving is my best part of the game but sometimes I tend to fade or push it right so I am looking for better control. The course was Woodley Lakes, in the San Fernando valley.

My normal balls it the 2015 E6, I know that ball well.

E6 Speed. Played it first hole. Saved my butt on a cold swing, nice high draw. For the conditions, the distance was a little better than I had expected. Not super long but my ball was not fading. I also played it on the 10th hole, hit a massive high straight drive right of the palms and left me 161 in, this is a tough dogleg hole but I liked to cut the corner but MUST be able to hit a solid drive.

Distance off the driver, the Speed is an improvement over my regular E6. Not much though. Also, I thought the Speed launched a tad higher than the 15 E6 but I think this is where the "hardness" of the Speed gives it more "ooompfh" off the face than the softer 15 E6. Thats what I was feeling off the driver.

Chipping and pitching was the same, no difference. I did hit 1 tad-hot pitch 80 yard in and it did check, that was impressive. Putting was slightly different, while not as soft as the 15 E6 but it was less hard than the other ball I played, the 2016 Tour 330.

All up great ball, I would play it over the 2015 E6. Distance is up a tad, nothing stupid. Sidespin control is just as good, did not have one bad drive.

Contrast this to the 2016 Tour B330. This is ONE long ball, side spin is up more but the reward of a middled shot was impressive. Remember, this was not an ideal driving day but man, this ball was up there on my drives. Can't wait to try it when its hot again the fairways running. I played more of this ball than the E6 Speed, it was that much more fun. However, this one I the side spin turned a fade into a slice...literally. Once this was under control, woah...look out.

At $25 per box of B330, it was also cheaper than the $29 I paid for the Speed. I plan to keep playing both, Speed for the tighter courses and B330 for the plain bombers course...hey, golf is suppose to be FUN, right :)

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:05 PM

I've definitely always been a fan of the e6. I've used each of the different versions to date at times and have always found them to be a really solid ball. Reduced side spin off the tee is always going to be a big help for me. Now that they've brought out two versions of the new 2017 edition, I'm a little unsure which of the two I would use. I went on the Bridgestone site, and the descriptions they provide there really don't shed much light on the difference in performance between these two variations. Both say they provide straight distance, but beyond that I'm a little unclear as to what the particular target audience is for each of the these. is the Soft a little straighter while the Speed goes a little further? Can one expect better performance from one or the other on and around the green, or is that going to be just a matter of personal preference? To me, it sounds like what they're going for with the Soft is an e6 version that plays a little more like a tour ball closer to the green, but maybe I'm wrong about that.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 03:12 PM

View Postclp34vmp, on 05 January 2017 - 01:05 PM, said:

I've definitely always been a fan of the e6. I've used each of the different versions to date at times and have always found them to be a really solid ball. Reduced side spin off the tee is always going to be a big help for me. Now that they've brought out two versions of the new 2017 edition, I'm a little unsure which of the two I would use. I went on the Bridgestone site, and the descriptions they provide there really don't shed much light on the difference in performance between these two variations. Both say they provide straight distance, but beyond that I'm a little unclear as to what the particular target audience is for each of the these. is the Soft a little straighter while the Speed goes a little further? Can one expect better performance from one or the other on and around the green, or is that going to be just a matter of personal preference? To me, it sounds like what they're going for with the Soft is an e6 version that plays a little more like a tour ball closer to the green, but maybe I'm wrong about that.
I don't like this marketing practice, it seems to exploit the success of the e6, and confuses golfers at the same time,just as it has done to you and many others. Why did they not just create another line of balls with a new title and leave the e6 alone? Because of this, I will most likely change to Srixon.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 03:17 PM

I loved the feel of the e6, but it just didn't spin enough for me around the greens. I moved on to tour balls and haven't looked back. I will say, the B330RXS is a sweet ball, I may try out the B330S as I potentially have a little too high of a swing speed on the driver for the soft RXS.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 07:08 AM

What confuses me is I have heard a few different explanations on who these balls are good for now. If you go by the packaging and the Bridgestone site it seems to allude to the e6 soft being a ball for those who have a slower speed and need help compressing the ball. The e6 speed is for the faster swinger who can compress the harder ball to gain extra distance.

I listened to a podcast off the hackers paradise forum where the r&d guy in charge of the new e6 designs came on and answered questions. His description was more to the tune that if you liked the old e6, you would need to try both. If you liked the old e5, then the e6 soft was a combo of the old e5/e6 and is where you should start. If you liked the old e7, start with the e6 speed.

One of the things I personally loved about the e5 was how it stuck on approach shots. I have to think the Urethane cover had something to do with this. I am not sure if either will be a real replacement for the e5 I enjoyed.

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:56 AM

This is curious if you ever wanted to know if the Tour B balls are anti-side spin as the E6

Hit 2 drives on the same hole. Both drives flawed. One drive was with Bridgestone 2016 Tour B330 and the second E6 Speed. Path was spot on but at the top of flight peak, side spin took over and spun right

B330 flew lower than the E6. Now, the kicker is that both balls landed right, almost one behind the other but the B330 was like a good 9 yards ahead of the E6.

Right now, having more rounds in with the E6 Speed, Tour B330 and the 2015 E6, the B330 is still King. I felt initially the E6 Speed seemed a tad longer but after more rounds - that holds true but not by much. The difference in distance is less between the 2015 E6 and E6 Speed - however, the B330 is a much longer ball than either E6s.

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:59 AM

So disappointed to lose the e5. Cheaper Urethane golf ball that performed well.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 02:54 PM

View Postnumberonecoog, on 10 January 2017 - 10:59 AM, said:

So disappointed to lose the e5. Cheaper Urethane golf ball that performed well.

Totally agree

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 03:16 PM

For a couple bucks more a dz, you can get the 2016 B330RX. A step above the E6 in any shape or form.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 07:41 PM

View PostSwingBlues, on 10 January 2017 - 10:56 AM, said:

This is curious if you ever wanted to know if the Tour B balls are anti-side spin as the E6

Hit 2 drives on the same hole. Both drives flawed. One drive was with Bridgestone 2016 Tour B330 and the second E6 Speed. Path was spot on but at the top of flight peak, side spin took over and spun right

B330 flew lower than the E6. Now, the kicker is that both balls landed right, almost one behind the other but the B330 was like a good 9 yards ahead of the E6.

Right now, having more rounds in with the E6 Speed, Tour B330 and the 2015 E6, the B330 is still King. I felt initially the E6 Speed seemed a tad longer but after more rounds - that holds true but not by much. The difference in distance is less between the 2015 E6 and E6 Speed - however, the B330 is a much longer ball than either E6s.

For my swing.

Aside from the example above, how would you compare them on dispersion? Seems like the new E6 is being marketed as a very straight ball, which helps minimise sidespin. What you agree?
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:32 PM

View PostWolfWRX, on 10 January 2017 - 07:41 PM, said:

View PostSwingBlues, on 10 January 2017 - 10:56 AM, said:

This is curious if you ever wanted to know if the Tour B balls are anti-side spin as the E6

Hit 2 drives on the same hole. Both drives flawed. One drive was with Bridgestone 2016 Tour B330 and the second E6 Speed. Path was spot on but at the top of flight peak, side spin took over and spun right

B330 flew lower than the E6. Now, the kicker is that both balls landed right, almost one behind the other but the B330 was like a good 9 yards ahead of the E6.

Right now, having more rounds in with the E6 Speed, Tour B330 and the 2015 E6, the B330 is still King. I felt initially the E6 Speed seemed a tad longer but after more rounds - that holds true but not by much. The difference in distance is less between the 2015 E6 and E6 Speed - however, the B330 is a much longer ball than either E6s.

For my swing.

Aside from the example above, how would you compare them on dispersion? Seems like the new E6 is being marketed as a very straight ball, which helps minimise sidespin. What you agree?

I have played the 2013 E6 (that was the 1st ball that got me started on this anti-sidespin balls) and then came the 2015 E6. Both balls worked well on the anti-sidespin but the 2015 launched noticeably lower (as advertised by Bridgestone when the 2015 came in). I was very happy with the 2015 E6 and my expectation of the E6 Speed is improvement on the 2015 version. So, for just controlling the side spin all gens work as advertised based on reviewing my shots from the rounds...however, the only thing the E6 Speed buys you is a slight distance improvement from the 15 E6. My landing spots for Speed is about where I expect my old E6 to land..abliet, both rounds were played in wet conditions. This tells me that the Speed -could- go further when summer comes. Is it stellar? Right now, I don't think so.

It does feel a little harder off the face of my Ping driver as compared to the 15 E6 but does not make the Ping sing like the B330.

Irons, the dispersion is about the same as my usual iron miss is a push right. If you blind mark the balls, I could not tell the diff but a miss is a miss and the E6 gens saves me a bit by not pushing the ball too far right.

Now back to the B330 vs Speed, another Par 5 I again pushed it with the Ping. Both balls started on the line and again, at the peak the side spin took over. This time, the B330 side spin was more punishing and pushed me more to the rough. The Speed shot was the same flaw (I was having a GREAT driving day, not) but this time, the Speed was on the fairway just before the right rough. Distance was the same on both balls this time.

Here is what someone who plays E6 would recommend and take it anyway you want: get the 2015 E6 since its good value and flight is much better than the BARGAIN 2013 E6 but worth the extra couple of bucks over the 2013. If you find a deal on the Speed and you want a little more distance with the E6 gen side spin control, then get that but you are still paying a premium for the "extra distance". \

At the end of the day, a truly bad shot is just that, bad shot, no ball or driver is gonna save your butt on those swings. For me, I'll put 3 balls in my bag: Speed when the fairway is tight, B330 when I can rock the driver without too much punishment and the 15 E6 when I need yellow balls for the condition.

Hope this helps. I will put more rounds in but the cold & rain here in SoCal is killing golf..abliet its still better than a snowy fairway experience by the east coast...

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