Posted 14 October 2017 - 08:10 PM
Played 18 with the Tour B RX today. --- Basically, it's like the best 2-piece surlyn ball you've ever played for greenside feel and tee-box course correction. Otherwise, distance isn't anything crazy, and shot-shaping is less easy (but you benefit from the course-correction bit).
I am your quintessential 40-something bogey golfer and dropping (2 yrs playing). I'm just as likely to par as bogey or double bogey. One birdie every two rounds. Driver routinely between 200-220, occasional blast to 240 and beyond, occasional popup to 180 or under. No real issues off the tee, generally find fairways or short rough, slight draw or slight fade depending on course management. My 6i carries 150-155, and every club up and down is a very predictable 10 yard gap. The one issue I've got is my driver probably has too much loft, I play a 12* 915d2 set to 11.25*, and I hit my 3w almost as far. I used to hit it further with my old 10.5* 910d2, albeit less consistently, but whatever. I am a better than bogey wedge player, 56* most shots under 75, although lately have been really enjoying a 52* with more rollout given the situation. My favorite ball ever was the 2015 Wilson Staff FG Tour yellow, only time I've ever reached a par 5 in 2, and my usual gamers are all cheaper urethanes (E5, Project(a)), or an old stash of DT Solos I've been working off of. But enough bio.
Course I played today was Bartholomew in New Orleans, LA. It's a very good municipal course. Good distance challenge for me compared to every other reasonably priced greens fee in the area. The others are typically short. I played the men's tees, about 6500 yards.
The B RX reminded me a lot of the previous generation E6, before they broke into Speed and Soft and got rid of e5 and e7. I really liked e5, and e7 wasn't bad. But this ball has all of the curve-fixing characteristics of the e6. If you struggle with a slice or a hook, you will be happy you bought them. It does this course-correcting even better than the original e6.
Where it departed from the old gen e6 was near the green. I'd routinely hit the old e6 into a green and be thrilled at peppering the flagstick, only to get to the green and see the ball had rolled off the back. Not so for the B RX. The B RX definitely had some drop and stop on iron shots.
So, tee to green:
Tee shots: tons of old gen e6 qualities. Not easy to slice or hook this ball. But distance-wise, I wasn't impressed with good strikes. I feel like it salvaged less than perfect driver strikes, but didn't really reward the on-the-screws shots. That was disappointing, because I had several today that I flushed or played a tiny draw and when I measured, it wasn't what I was expecting. Launch was a little high, which is a bit to do with my driver setup, but it was higher than it should have been after accounting for that variable and wind etc.
Fairway woods and hybrids went well, but similar drop in distance. This is the opposite of what some people report, where they find the woods get a pop and their irons drop a few yards. I had the opposite experience. Woods might have lost a touch over 5 yards.
Irons were a pleasure to hit. Every shot, no matter how it was struck, had a nice comfortable feeling. None of that blade reverb feel you get when you badly mishit something, which I did a few times today w irons. So the feeling is pretty soft. And distance on irons was very predictable.
I have read some reviews of people saying that their irons dropped distance and their woods gained with these balls - not so for my experience. I would say the irons were spot-on in distance, except for a marginal (less than 5 yards) gain in some situations.
Again, irons had a drop and stop feeling into greens. Also just a little difficult to play shot shapes here. I don't really vary my iron shapes to much unless I need a little extra distance and I play an intentional draw into an area, and that worked ok, but it seemed less extreme, which is in keeping with the tee box impressions.
Wedge play with these balls was strong. Very easy to control. Nice feel off the wedge. Good predictability for bump and runs and short pitches alike. Did not stop as well as I'd like, as a few 56* hit into greens moved a little more than they should have once they landed, but the greens were kinda fast today and I'm not a huge spin player, so it was average.
Putting was average. Didn't like or dislike the feel. For me, I kinda have to get used to one kind of ball to be able to predict anything. By the end of the round I was feeling them better. I would say they felt good, but might have jumped off the face a little more than I expected, so a few went long, and then after dialing them back they went too short. Left 2 birdie putts short today on downhills, which kinda stunk, but oh well. Can't really blame the ball there. It felt fine, but feel is so personal.
I would say that these balls excel at keeping you straight off the tee, even if you lose a little distance (unlike old gen e6), and stopping on the green from irons, which were a tiny bit longer than usual with other balls.
So they're basically an old gen e6 with much better iron and greenside manners. Kinda the opposite of what I usually play, which are urethane cheap tour-esque balls. This one felt like a really amazing two-piece surlyn ball with good green feel.
I hope this review helps someone decide on whether or not to try this ball. If I buy another box of these, I will definitely try one of the X or XS line to see if they feel more like a true tour ball.
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