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Bridgestone RX or RXS closer to Project A


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#1 Hawkins

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 06:30 AM

Hi all,
Have recently been playing the TM Project A with good success.  However, I would really prefer to play a "made in the USA" ball if possible (and affordable).  Now that Bridgestone is offering buy two get one free, I'm thinking to pick up either the RX or RXS as my next gamer.  Curious on everyone's thoughts.  Which is closer to the performance of Project A?  The biggest improvement for me this year has been around the greens which I chalk up to playing a urethane ball.  For reference, I'm a mid 80's shooter (have gotten as low as 80, but not broken into the 70's yet).  Miss tends to be a pull hook, but that's mostly straightened out (put another way, when I do miss it no ball is going to stay in play so reduced side spin isn't really needed).  Average drive is about 240.
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 06:44 AM

I'd say the RX would be closer, but if you want a ball that performs very much like the P(a) but at a better price point, the Srixon Q Star Tour is the one. No idea where it's manufactured.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 10:15 AM

It has been a few years since I played the TM (a), but I recall it being a ball that spins well into the greens. For that and the reference you made in your post to your improvement around the greens I would recommend the RXS. I don't feel that the RXS give up much at all on distance off the tee in comparison to the RX and is longer than some other balls in the category IMHO. At current pricing I feel it is worth giving both a try and see how they perform for you.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 10:45 AM

Comparing overall compression, construction, and cover hardness, the current B330S is actually the closest to the Project(a). Between the RX and RXS, the RXS is closer due to cover hardness, but both have noticeably lower overall compression.

Lastly, keep in mind that you are still supporting many American jobs (R&D, sales/marketing, shipping/distribution, administrative, some QA/customer service, etc) even though the product may be manufactured offshore. Also keep in mind that while Bridgestone may have some manufacturing in the US, the parent company is based in Japan so enevitably some of those proceeds will be leaving our shores.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 10:55 AM

Is the buy 2 get 1 free at retailers? Or direct through B-Stone

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 09:45 PM

All B and e series balls are made in Covington Georgia. Buying Bridgestone supports American jobs from top to bottom. Yes it is a privately owned Japanese company.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:03 AM

Thanks everyone!  Hattie, the buy 2 get one deal I've seen at Dick's Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:50 AM

View Postxkilgorextroutx, on 13 June 2017 - 06:44 AM, said:

I'd say the RX would be closer, but if you want a ball that performs very much like the P(a) but at a better price point, the Srixon Q Star Tour is the one. No idea where it's manufactured.
Japan.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:37 PM

Just took advantage of the buy 2 get one... bought two RX and a dozen RXS for "free".  Haven't tried the S on the course yet but off the putter, the RX feels more like the Project A to me.  I really liked the RX on the course though... Going to keep playing these balls especially since they are made in the USA.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:41 PM

View PostHattie Pants, on 13 June 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

Is the buy 2 get 1 free at retailers? Or direct through B-Stone

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:58 AM

View Poststorm319, on 13 June 2017 - 10:45 AM, said:

Comparing overall compression, construction, and cover hardness, the current B330S is actually the closest to the Project(a). Between the RX and RXS, the RXS is closer due to cover hardness, but both have noticeably lower overall compression.

Lastly, keep in mind that you are still supporting many American jobs (R&D, sales/marketing, shipping/distribution, administrative, some QA/customer service, etc) even though the product may be manufactured offshore. Also keep in mind that while Bridgestone may have some manufacturing in the US, the parent company is based in Japan so enevitably some of those proceeds will be leaving our shores.

Taylormade advertises the Project a at 40 compression.  Its nowhere near the B330s.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:16 PM

View Postcane700, on 19 June 2017 - 12:58 AM, said:

View Poststorm319, on 13 June 2017 - 10:45 AM, said:

Comparing overall compression, construction, and cover hardness, the current B330S is actually the closest to the Project(a). Between the RX and RXS, the RXS is closer due to cover hardness, but both have noticeably lower overall compression.

Lastly, keep in mind that you are still supporting many American jobs (R&D, sales/marketing, shipping/distribution, administrative, some QA/customer service, etc) even though the product may be manufactured offshore. Also keep in mind that while Bridgestone may have some manufacturing in the US, the parent company is based in Japan so enevitably some of those proceeds will be leaving our shores.

Taylormade advertises the Project a at 40 compression.  Its nowhere near the B330s.

Aside from Srixon, OEMs advertise core compression which is meaningless as golfers do not hit bare cores. Also, there is no measurement standard for compression, so comparing one OEM to another is not apples to apples (same with shaft flexes). Only way to do a real comparison would be an independent 3rd party that can test all ball with under a consistent environment/method. Best example of that we have is below.

http://www.golfwrx.c...mpression-data/

Even though the 2016 Project(a) has not been tested, the fact that there has been little change between TaylorMade's last few 3-piece urethane offerings (Project(a) was simply the Rocketballz Urethane rebadged) as well as the fact that no multi-layer urethane ball has tested lower than 70 overall on the ATTI tester (as close to an standard as the industry has ever had), leads me to believe that the Project(a) is harder than TaylorMade implies with its marketing.

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