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Bridgestone J40 445 v. J38 Driver 40


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#1 theothertwo

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:26 PM

For those that have tried both, can you please compare the new J40 445 driver to the older J38 460 driver in terms of distance, accuracy, sound and feel.  Are they essentially the the same drivers?  Thank you.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:43 PM

No...not the same.   J38 was a much more shallow driver...the J40 445 is a bit deeper.   For some reason...the J38 and I did not get along.   I had trouble consistently teeing up the right height and never really felt like I caught the ball on the sweet spot.   Feel...distance...accuracy just wasn't there for me.   The sound was fine...as it is for most Bstone drivers.   Some people love the J38, but I just couldn't get along with it.

The J40 445 has been a solid performer thus far (with what little I've played it over the winter).

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:49 PM

 Skaffa77, on 28 February 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

No...not the same.   J38 was a much more shallow driver...the J40 445 is a bit deeper.   For some reason...the J38 and I did not get along.   I had trouble consistently teeing up the right height and never really felt like I caught the ball on the sweet spot.   Feel...distance...accuracy just wasn't there for me.   The sound was fine...as it is for most Bstone drivers.   Some people love the J38, but I just couldn't get along with it.

The J40 445 has been a solid performer thus far (with what little I've played it over the winter).


Thanks, that's what I wanted to find out.  I just could not get along with the J38 and I still use my J33 460 as a back-up to my R9 but I bought a J40 445 on Ebay and am curious to find out.
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:16 PM

the j38 was a good driver, i always tee it up really low. and have a ahina installed. hated the stock shaft that came with it. The j40 is a more standard size driver and looks more traditional. It is very good. i am still trying to figure out what shaft I want in it. the j40 sounds a little more like a crack of a bat. but this could be the shaft I am using, it seems to be a bit more forgivng than the j38 cause the face is deeper. the j40 hybrids are really good. did not like the j40 fairways at all ..too big.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

 vwgolfer, on 28 February 2012 - 08:16 PM, said:

the j38 was a good driver, i always tee it up really low. and have a ahina installed. hated the stock shaft that came with it. The j40 is a more standard size driver and looks more traditional. It is very good. i am still trying to figure out what shaft I want in it. the j40 sounds a little more like a crack of a bat. but this could be the shaft I am using, it seems to be a bit more forgivng than the j38 cause the face is deeper. the j40 hybrids are really good. did not like the j40 fairways at all ..too big.


Thanks, yes I still have the J33 fairway woods and a 21* J33 hybrid - nice and compact and very dependable.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:02 PM

 theothertwo, on 28 February 2012 - 06:49 PM, said:

 Skaffa77, on 28 February 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

No...not the same.   J38 was a much more shallow driver...the J40 445 is a bit deeper.   For some reason...the J38 and I did not get along.   I had trouble consistently teeing up the right height and never really felt like I caught the ball on the sweet spot.   Feel...distance...accuracy just wasn't there for me.   The sound was fine...as it is for most Bstone drivers.   Some people love the J38, but I just couldn't get along with it.

The J40 445 has been a solid performer thus far (with what little I've played it over the winter).


Thanks, that's what I wanted to find out.  I just could not get along with the J38 and I still use my J33 460 as a back-up to my R9 but I bought a J40 445 on Ebay and am curious to find out.

I loved my J33r 460.   The J38 driver was a bit of a disappointment for me although the J38 fw were decent.   I had my J38 driver shafted with a Motore VC 7.1.   It just never agreed with me...I've since pulled the shaft and had it installed in a 909D2...and it is showing great promise.

The J40 445 (w/Project X) has been pretty good thus far...mid launch that flattens out pretty nicely and hits the ground with some role.   I've only had limited opportunities to play it, but the experience has been pretty positive.   I also own the 3 wood and have liked it thus far.

Edited by Skaffa77, 01 March 2012 - 06:03 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:09 PM

if you are looking for a replacement for your J33, try the J40 430. Though the 445 is a really really good club.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

 vwgolfer, on 01 March 2012 - 06:09 PM, said:

if you are looking for a replacement for your J33, try the J40 430. Though the 445 is a really really good club.


Thanks, I got the 445, I figured the 430 is similar to my J33 460 which I still have and will never sell.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:37 PM

The Ho in me just picked up a 430 this week LOL!   Couldn't resist...

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

 Skaffa77, on 01 March 2012 - 06:37 PM, said:

The Ho in me just picked up a 430 this week LOL!   Couldn't resist...

I did the same thing last week!  (cool)

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