Stumbled upon this and thought I would chime in with my recent experience. As background, I've ranged from a 5 to 9 handicap over the past 4-5 golf seasons, have a lowish (not super low) ballflight, and don't have any issues with being high spin. Swing speed is about 108 with the driver. In general, I've been a pretty good wind player and never thought much about the topic until this year.
I played the B330S for 3-4 years before switching to the Srixon XV last year. I made the change simply to try and reduce spin a bit on longer clubs, as I am not a straight driver of the golf ball. I did not score well last year and decided to switch once again. Obviously, it wasn't the golf balls' fault - was just thinking I'd switch it up. I read up on Bridgestone's new offerings here on GolfWRX and decided to go with the Tour B XS. I read some concerns re: wind performance but wasn't really a believer it would matter that much - especially considering I don't have major spin issues and tend to hold my own in the wind.
All that said, I wanted to share my results here given that the B330S and XV are mentioned many times. I was also thinking many golfers may be looking at the new Bridgestone offerings just as I was. It's finally been warm enough to golf here in Chicago, and I've gotten out on a couple of days with mild (10-20 mph) wind. Here goes:
Bridgestone Tour B XS - I hate to say it, but for me this thing was TERRIBLE in the wind. I like to curve the ball both ways off the tee and everything was noticeably exacerbated by this golf ball. I hit similar shots with other balls (mostly the XV) and it was night and day. To be honest, I didn't believe the ball mattered that much either (as some other posters have alluded to) before hitting this ball. I regret not buying the standard Tour B X. If anyone in the Chicago area wants to trade let me know
Srixon Z Star XV - Noticeably good performer in the wind. After really paying attention against other balls (also including ProV1 and TP5) I'm comfortable saying that is a major strength of this golf ball. I'm not saying it is definitely the best but am fairly certain it is darn close and worth considering if that is something that is important to you in a golf ball. FWIW I thought the TP5 was solid too but I only have limited experience with it.
Bridgestone B330S - Going mostly off memory here but would put this in the middle. In my experience it is similar to, but slightly better, than the ProV1. Could just be my bias against ProV1.
Overall, I learned a bit through this experience. First, don't buy 3 cases of a ball you've never hit lol. Second, wind performance can differ materially. If that matters to you be wary of the Tour B S. I'll look to try the regular Tour B X and report back on that. For now, I'm going back to the XV.
Edited by b3barron, 03 May 2018 - 09:16 PM.