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Something about the Bridgestone Tour B XS just throws me off

King_SlenderKing_Slender Advanced Members Posts: 1,386 ✭✭
I've always been a Pro V1 X player and have been experimenting with some other balls this year, namely the new Taylor Made TP5 and the Bridgestone Tour B XS. While I don't like the TM logo, the ball plays/looks similarly enough to the Pro V1 that I could make that switch.



But in playing the Bridgestone, the ball just throws me off visually, that I can't play it without it affecting my game. The "dimple within a dimple" is kind of distracting, but I think my main issue is that, despite being a urethane cover like the Pro V1 and TM, there is more of a glossiness to it, that make me think it's going to be "clicky" like a surlyn cover (if that's even a thing any more).



Anyone else try out other golf balls that just throw you off visually?

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  • AC168AC168 Advanced Members Posts: 819 ✭✭
    The “B” on the Bridgestone takes some getting used to.
  • KGilmaKGilma Advanced Members Posts: 105 ✭✭
    The dimples are interesting, but its a **** good ball. It's all I've been playing, lately. And, I can tell its my ball with that big "B" from a good ways away.
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  • kcd38kcd38 Advanced Members Posts: 244 ✭✭
    it looks different but if you didn't look at it and hit a mixed back between the tour b xs and the 17/19 pro v 1, I doubt most could tell a difference.



    It has the most greenside control of any ball I've tested the past year
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  • GHIN n JuiceGHIN n Juice Wingpointe GC...Never Forgotten Advanced Members Posts: 1,655 ✭✭
    kcd38 wrote:


    it looks different but if you didn't look at it and hit a mixed back between the tour b xs and the 17/19 pro v 1, I doubt most could tell a difference.



    It has the most greenside control of any ball I've tested the past year




    The B XS has more green side spin than the ProV? I may have to take another look at Bridgestone. I played the old B330 S but they fell out of favor when compared to the 2018 ProV.
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  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,214 ✭✭
    UofU02 wrote:

    kcd38 wrote:


    it looks different but if you didn't look at it and hit a mixed back between the tour b xs and the 17/19 pro v 1, I doubt most could tell a difference.



    It has the most greenside control of any ball I've tested the past year




    The B XS has more green side spin than the ProV? I may have to take another look at Bridgestone. I played the old B330 S but they fell out of favor when compared to the 2018 ProV.




    Yes it does. Bsx has most greenside spin I’ve ever played.
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  • jonnymc44jonnymc44 Members Posts: 31 ✭✭

    UofU02 wrote:

    kcd38 wrote:


    it looks different but if you didn't look at it and hit a mixed back between the tour b xs and the 17/19 pro v 1, I doubt most could tell a difference.



    It has the most greenside control of any ball I've tested the past year




    The B XS has more green side spin than the ProV? I may have to take another look at Bridgestone. I played the old B330 S but they fell out of favor when compared to the 2018 ProV.




    Yes it does. Bsx has most greenside spin I've ever played.




    How firm are they? I play a Chrome Soft and want something a bit clickier.
  • Arlin964Arlin964 Members Posts: 60 ✭✭
    edited March 13
    B XS definitely feels firmer than the Chrome Soft. I hit both this weekend and I preferred the “heavier, firmer” feel of the B XS. I also felt like the chrome soft was a bit more errant off the driver. At least for me - someone who struggles with good impact location on driver. Out to in path plus low heel impact is not a recipe for success.
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  • augustgolfaugustgolf Golf with dignity Coastal NCAdvanced Members Posts: 3,880 ✭✭
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  • Always PingAlways Ping Members Posts: 8
    Make that three of us that think the B XS provides more spin around the green. I would even say a more predictable spin. it reacts the same way every time. I was a long time Pro V1 player, still like the 2017 model. But I tried the B XS last year on a dare. Absolutely love it. It provides good distance, drives do not balloon on me like Pro V1, and I can maneuver with the irons, instead of just straight. And, the best news, I can now game the B XS in Optic Yellow! Just purchased four dozen for price of three. Now I will have the B XS and in Yellow. Putts good in Yellow too! This is the perfect ball for my 100 MPH driver swing.
  • Arlin964Arlin964 Members Posts: 60 ✭✭
    edited March 13
    I really enjoyed the B XS this weekend. Drives went pretty straight and it flew well off my irons, even with really gusty winds.



    I loved it off the putter. I like a heavier feel off my putter so I get some feedback. For example, trying to putt a Wilson 50 Elite felt like I was trying to put a ping pong ball. I had no feel with it whatsoever. That being said, I like a firmer ball to putt with.



    The online fitting tool says I belong best with the B RX. I might test these two against each other.
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  • jonnymc44jonnymc44 Members Posts: 31 ✭✭
    Cheers guys. Had an unexpected refund so will get the B XS! I previously played the B330 years ago but made a switch because I was losing quite a bit of distance from memory.
  • DLBTide7DLBTide7 Members Posts: 62 ✭✭
    edited March 13
    I did extensive testing and found that the XS is perfect for me. I am a low spin player, so I obviously like the spin factor. Long off the driver. Drop and stop on approaches and feels great off the putter.



    The “B” is no more distracting than any logo (to me).
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  • Arlin964Arlin964 Members Posts: 60 ✭✭
    DLBTide7 wrote:


    I did extensive testing and found that the XS is perfect for me. I am a low spin player, so I obviously like the spin factor. Long off the driver. Drop and stop on approaches and feels great off the putter.



    The “B” is no more distracting than any logo (to me).




    I had a mental hurdle with the B logo just because I didn’t like it. It’s funny how easily that hurdle came down after I played that ball so well.
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    Ping Anser 3w
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    Nickent 6DX - 6-PW
    Wilson Staff PMP 50*
    Cleveland CBX 56*
    Odyssey #7s O-Works
  • DLBTide7DLBTide7 Members Posts: 62 ✭✭
    Arlin964 wrote:

    DLBTide7 wrote:


    I did extensive testing and found that the XS is perfect for me. I am a low spin player, so I obviously like the spin factor. Long off the driver. Drop and stop on approaches and feels great off the putter.



    The “B” is no more distracting than any logo (to me).




    I had a mental hurdle with the B logo just because I didn’t like it. It’s funny how easily that hurdle came down after I played that ball so well.




    Always funny how that works !!
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    PXG Gen2 X 3 metal
    PXG Gen2 17 degree hybrid
    PXG Gen2 XF Irons, 4-Gap
    PXG milled wedges, 56 and 60
    PXG Mustang putter
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