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Bridgestone J40 430 Driver REVIEW

J13J13 Dad golfAdvanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
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[size="5"]**************** Bridgestone J40 430cc Driver (8.5*)****************[/size]



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[size="3"]Pros-[/size]



[size="2"] This driver is a deep faced, low spin machine. Being honest I've never played a Bridgestone club in my life but have to say this one has made an incredible first impression. Sleek lines with a slightly squared toe leaves this driver begging to be worked both left and right. If what you are looking for is a more traditional head that from the top looks more like 380cc instead of 400 plus this is your stick. [/size]



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[size="3"]Cons-[/size]



[size="2"] This driver is made for the better player that wants to work the ball rather then straight down the fairway. Although this driver has some forgiveness it's more vertical then horizontal so anyone who's not consistent in the ball striking department may want to opt for the 445cc head.[/size]



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[size="3"]Bottom Line-[/size]



[size="2"] This driver has shocked me. This is my introduction in the world of Bridgestone clubs and as I stated above I'm impressed. As a result I will be looking hard into the J40 irons as well. Low Spin, Low launch with a lot of workability, I'm all in. Combine that with a stock real deal Project X shaft and it's time to launch some missiles.[/size]



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[size="3"]Looks-[/size]



[size="2"] As I said above the club is drop dead ****. The J40 430 has a traditional pear shaped crown that is clean as a whistle with no alignment aid or any other distracting graphics. The sole of the club just looks down right mean. Looking down at this club inspires confidence and accuracy. It looks sub 400 from the top which is what we've all been asking for from an OEM. Well Bridgestone listened and delivered. At address the driver sits dead square and brings you back to the days before we had refrigerators on a broom stick. This is the first driver in years that actually has modern tech in a traditional, workable head. [/size]



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[size="3"]Performance-[/size]



[size="2"] Although sometimes looks are enough for some of us on Golfwrx the club actually performs even better. The 430 head combined with real deal Project X shafts creates a low to mid trajectory launch while maintaining low spin. It's like peanut butter and jelly, the perfect match. At the time of writing this review I've played 5 rounds and 3 practice sessions with this driver and went so far as to take the 3wood out of the bag to see if I could hit this driver using 3 quarter shots, up, down, left, right, sideways, and highways haha You name it I did it. Bottom line is the club did everything Bridgestone claims it would. I was actually able to work a draw just as easily as a fade. I was also able to hit stinger type shots off the tee to keep the ball under the wind. I had FUN off the tee again. I forgot how fun it is to work the golf ball with a wood. I also have to note this thing is LOW spin. I've been know to impart too much spin with drivers so this is a great head for me. Tee shots bored through the wind with ease.[/size]



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[size="3"]Feel-[/size]



[size="2"] Feel is subjective and with drivers it's something I'm very sensitive to. I'm a fan of more muted drivers that tend to feel very solid at impact. The J40 430 gets real close to being ideal. This driver has a small ting to it but feels extremely solid. It also feels a bit lighter then what I normally play so I will most likely add some hotmelt or cotton to the head as I also play drivers a bit shorter then today's standard. For me sound and feel are almost the same thing so I typically hotmelt all of my drivers as I'm always looking for a driver that sounds like a persimmon wood lol. Either way the 430 for most will sound great.. For those that like a very muted sound you will need to add a dab or two of hotmelt or some cotton to adjust it to your liking. And the Project X shaft as we all know is super stable and compliments the J40 quite nicely. What you get is a smooth yet stable driver. Perfect combo.[/size]



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[size="3"]Overall Bottom Line:[/size]



[size="2"] I AM SOLD. Bridgestone has made a believer out of me and I'm now looking into the J40 PC irons. My previous gamer was the R11 which isn't getting kicked to the curb but instead sharing space with a new friend. As you can see below I'm done a few comparision pics with my R11 to help see shape and size. So moving forward and depending on course and conditions I will be further experimenting with both drivers to see who will be king of the hill. Have to say I haven't been this excited about a driver in a long time. Working the ball off the tee is tons of fun and I darn near forgot how to do it. Clubs today are designed to be maxed out in size and want the ball coming off the face straight as an arrow. That is all well and good but when you're playing at a high level and need to work the ball the big block heads don't help. If you want a pear shaped clean crown with modern tech, low spin, and low-mid trajectory, BUY THIS DRIVER. Now the only thing I need is an old balata and I'll really be working it !





Top view is classic. and J40 compared to R11 from the top



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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Advanced Members Posts: 1,882
    Awesome review... I'm looking forward to getting my hands on both the J40 drivers and adding one to my bag.



    I like the smaller head, but probably need the forgiveness of the bigger club (or a shorter driver)
  • golfwaregolfware Advanced Members Posts: 4,779 ✭✭
    Wow! That is a GORGEOUS club. Whoa.
  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,827 ClubWRX
    edited November 2011
    WOW! Love those comparison pics. Pretty significant change from the BStone J38 driver (shallow face).
  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Advanced Members Posts: 16,145 ✭✭
    2012 is the year of the driver!!! Nice review for an incredible looking driver. How was the distance compared to the R11? Did you get to do any Trackman comparison? Thx
  • abewleyabewley Advanced Members Posts: 3,174
    does the 445 cc head share the same face size? just bigger body?
  • tampaytampay Advanced Members Posts: 381
    Now I can die ! Absolutely gorgeous !



    Glad to hear this thing is really easy to work, you've got me excited



    The face looks deeper and only slightly smaller to me compared to the R11 considering it looks 100x better than the R11 from address. As you said she looks sub 400cc to me.



    Not sure if I'll go for this or the Vr Pro LE for 2012



    Nice review.
  • tampaytampay Advanced Members Posts: 381
    abewley wrote:


    does the 445 cc head share the same face size? just bigger body?




    The 445 cc has a bigger, shallower face. It's stretched back and lower to the ground in general for higher launch and forgiveness. 445 is geared for the mid/high - low handicap. While I'd call the 430 a low handicap / good strikers driver.
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    Thanks everyone. This driver is going to be a big seller IF Bridgestone gets it in stores. Again that's my only issue with them right now. If they put half the amount of marketing dollars into clubs as they do balls they will be flying off the shelf. This driver is honestly perfect in every way for a shaper of the golf ball.






    2012 is the year of the driver!!! Nice review for an incredible looking driver. How was the distance compared to the R11? Did you get to do any Trackman comparison? Thx




    Sorry I don't have any numbers for ya didn't want to do a comparison as shafts are different. I"ll probably drop project x 6.5 in this or tip this shaft as it's a little soft for me. Distance was great and on par with my R11. I typically judge drivers by accuracy so that's why I didn't mention distance that much. I hate reviews that say "this driver was 20yds longer" I'm sorry but if that's the case theres a problem with your current setup.




    tampay wrote:

    abewley wrote:


    does the 445 cc head share the same face size? just bigger body?




    The 445 cc has a bigger, shallower face. It's stretched back and lower to the ground in general for higher launch and forgiveness. 445 is geared for the mid/high - low handicap. While I'd call the 430 a low handicap / good strikers driver.




    Yep.
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  • swanry30swanry30 Lights Out ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 4,529
    That face has perfect depth - wow!
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  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Advanced Members Posts: 16,145 ✭✭
    J13 wrote:



    2012 is the year of the driver!!! Nice review for an incredible looking driver. How was the distance compared to the R11? Did you get to do any Trackman comparison? Thx




    Sorry I don't have any numbers for ya didn't want to do a comparison as shafts are different. I"ll probably drop project x 6.5 in this or tip this shaft as it's a little soft for me. Distance was great and on par with my R11. I typically judge drivers by accuracy so that's why I didn't mention distance that much. I hate reviews that say "this driver was 20yds longer" I'm sorry but if that's the case theres a problem with your current setup.






    No worries- the reason that I asked about distance is because the last Bridgestone Driver that I had was a dud (J33R). I tried many shafts and could never get the ball speed to increase.



    This driver is on my list for 2012. Thx for the review and comparison picts.
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭

    J13 wrote:



    2012 is the year of the driver!!! Nice review for an incredible looking driver. How was the distance compared to the R11? Did you get to do any Trackman comparison? Thx




    Sorry I don't have any numbers for ya didn't want to do a comparison as shafts are different. I"ll probably drop project x 6.5 in this or tip this shaft as it's a little soft for me. Distance was great and on par with my R11. I typically judge drivers by accuracy so that's why I didn't mention distance that much. I hate reviews that say "this driver was 20yds longer" I'm sorry but if that's the case theres a problem with your current setup.






    No worries- the reason that I asked about distance is because the last Bridgestone Driver that I had was a dud (J33R). I tried many shafts and could never get the ball speed to increase.



    This driver is on my list for 2012. Thx for the review and comparison picts.






    No prob. No worries Distance is there. i'm going to play around with the SW and shaft because I just can't help myself. I'm going to max this puppy out!
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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,949 ✭✭
    Wish this driver came in 10.5*. It looks even better in person.
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  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭


    Wish this driver came in 10.5*. It looks even better in person.




    Yes it does. SMOOOTH as silk.



    On a side note Ari, heard you on XM pga network. Good interview wish I could afford a set of your custom stix they are sweet my man.image/clapping.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':clapping:' />
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  • moonshinemoonshine 06/17/18 Best day of year to watch golf! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,339 ClubWRX
    While it may be the real deal, the shaft appears to be the higher torque non-tip-stiff tour version shipped with 910 series? Amazing to read the comment about j33r since the one I had was absolutely the longest thing I ever owned.
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  • tampaytampay Advanced Members Posts: 381
    edited November 2011


    Wish this driver came in 10.5*. It looks even better in person.




    You can get a 10 - 10.5 degree head pretty easily if you just measure the specs on all the drivers in the shop as the tolerances aren't that tight on driver lofts. IMO there is a 20% chance that a 9.5 stamped head will be over 10 degrees. Thats what I'm gonna do if I decide to get this driver. The hosel is also pretty long, so it should bend a little. I also wonder if a place like Discount Dans would measure a few heads for you if you asked.
  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Advanced Members Posts: 1,882
    tampay wrote:



    Wish this driver came in 10.5*. It looks even better in person.




    You can get a 10 - 10.5 degree head pretty easily if you just measure the specs on all the drivers in the shop as the tolerances aren't that tight on driver lofts. IMO there is a 20% chance that a 9.5 stamped head will be over 10 degrees. Thats what I'm gonna do if I decide to get this driver. The hosel is also pretty long, so it should bend a little. I also wonder if a place like Discount Dans would measure a few heads for you if you asked.




    I was thinking the same thing... I've dealt with their customer service reps, and they were excellent... you could probably get at least a 10 degree driver (assuming their tolerance is 1 degree).
  • LeftRevLeftRev Charter Members, Advanced Members Posts: 539
    Anyone else think of the legendary Tourstage J340 when reading J13's review of the new Bridgestone J40? Fitted with a Fuji Fit on SIX, the J340 was the longest driver I had hit before modern technology and higher core values were introduced.



    Rev.
  • PKMillerJrPKMillerJr Advanced Members Posts: 841
    Any idea what street price is?
  • tinmantinman Advanced Members Posts: 2,904 ✭✭
    PKMillerJr wrote:


    Any idea what street price is?






    I've seen them at a few retailers @ $399
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  • golfwaregolfware Advanced Members Posts: 4,779 ✭✭
    Oh man. Looks like the legendary 975d.



    Wow, that may have the "cult following" in 2012. Seriously look just "sick"!
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    Yes fella's this driver is just beautiful to look at. It reminds me of an updated 905. Its AWESOME. I'm going to be experimenting with some different shafts and add some weight to the head. I'll keep everyone posted as I play with my shiny new toy image/clapping.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':clapping:' />
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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,949 ✭✭
    I might have to pick one up with the highest actual loft I can find. Reminds me of the shape of the TourStage 430P. Good stuff.
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  • PKMillerJrPKMillerJr Advanced Members Posts: 841


    I might have to pick one up with the highest actual loft I can find. Reminds me of the shape of the TourStage 430P. Good stuff.




    Why would you want to replace your ezone 380?
  • GatorNate11GatorNate11 Advanced Members Posts: 3,919
    Good review man. This driver has my interest along with the Vr Pro LE. Need to see if I can find a couple heads and put an AD DI 7x in there to test it against my Vr Tour and 910. Going to be a lot of driver testing next year.
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭


    Good review man. This driver has my interest along with the Vr Pro LE. Need to see if I can find a couple heads and put an AD DI 7x in there to test it against my Vr Tour and 910. Going to be a lot of driver testing next year.




    Thanks. 2012 will be an interesting year. NO CLUB IN MY BAG IS SAFE image/diablo.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':diablo:' />
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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,949 ✭✭
    edited November 2011
    PKMillerJr wrote:



    I might have to pick one up with the highest actual loft I can find. Reminds me of the shape of the TourStage 430P. Good stuff.




    Why would you want to replace your ezone 380?




    No good reason at all lol. The ezone is fantastic.
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  • GatorNate11GatorNate11 Advanced Members Posts: 3,919
    J13 wrote:



    Good review man. This driver has my interest along with the Vr Pro LE. Need to see if I can find a couple heads and put an AD DI 7x in there to test it against my Vr Tour and 910. Going to be a lot of driver testing next year.




    Thanks. 2012 will be an interesting year. NO CLUB IN MY BAG IS SAFE image/diablo.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':diablo:' />




    I'm trying to get everything worked out to play all of next season with one bag, but I don't think it's going to happen haha.
  • Egan101Egan101 Advanced Members Posts: 1,250
    I want one too, the 445cc head in 10.5*. image/partytime2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':partytime2:' />
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  • dsparobdsparob fairways and greens pard... Advanced Members Posts: 620
    If anyone is worried about the project x shaft being higher torque, take a look on the custom shaft options on the Bridgestone website. They have a bunch of great options that are in stock with no upcharge.



    Thanks for the write up J13, very well done. After cracking one composite head, and hearing many stories like mine, I am leaning towards going back to all metal. I love a good deep face and have been looking at the Cobra S3 very closely, but this driver just looks phenomenal. I just hope like most that I'll have an opportunity to try it, as Bridgestone isn't well represented in my neck of the woods.
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  • dsparobdsparob fairways and greens pard... Advanced Members Posts: 620

    PKMillerJr wrote:



    I might have to pick one up with the highest actual loft I can find. Reminds me of the shape of the TourStage 430P. Good stuff.




    Why would you want to replace your ezone 380?




    No good reason at all lol. The ezone is fantastic.




    Any chance you could start another thread and review that EZone? I'm on the driver market and it's on my short list.
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  • BNich0622BNich0622 Members Posts: 4,244
    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.
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  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    BNich0622 wrote:


    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.






    I agree. Flat out clean. I heard the release date is early next year but not positive.
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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Advanced Members Posts: 1,882
    J13 wrote:

    BNich0622 wrote:


    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.






    I agree. Flat out clean. I heard the release date is early next year but not positive.




    Everything I've seen has said January... but who knows with these things.
  • dsparobdsparob fairways and greens pard... Advanced Members Posts: 620

    J13 wrote:

    BNich0622 wrote:


    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.






    I agree. Flat out clean. I heard the release date is early next year but not positive.




    Everything I've seen has said January... but who knows with these things.




    Bridgestone press release says January 2012 for the 430, most everything else is already available.
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    Bettinardi Studio Reserve BB1F

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  • GooseHookGooseHook Keep it Fraiche Advanced Members Posts: 11,596 ✭✭
    dsparob wrote:


    If anyone is worried about the project x shaft being higher torque, take a look on the custom shaft options on the Bridgestone website. They have a bunch of great options that are in stock with no upcharge.



    Thanks for the write up J13, very well done. After cracking one composite head, and hearing many stories like mine, I am leaning towards going back to all metal. I love a good deep face and have been looking at the Cobra S3 very closely, but this driver just looks phenomenal. I just hope like most that I'll have an opportunity to try it, as Bridgestone isn't well represented in my neck of the woods.




    Wow, the sheer number of no-upcharge shafts is incredible. Here's the link for anyone who wants to take a look:



    http://www.bridgestonegolf.com/product/clubs/custom-wood-options
    M4 9.5°, Motore Speeder 757
    Mizuno ST-180 17°, Tour Blue
    F9 Speedback 19°, Recoil 95 ES Hybrid
    Mizuno MP Fli Hi 21°, Recoil 110

    Srixon Z785 5-PW
    Mizuno S18  50.07, 54.08 & 58.08

    EVNROLL ER3
    Z-Star/XV
    Lead Tape


  • ram01002ram01002 Advanced Members Posts: 1,888 ✭✭
    Impressive free shaft options . . . earth to Callaway . . .
  • dsparobdsparob fairways and greens pard... Advanced Members Posts: 620
    You can even get a Tour Velvet Full Cord no upcharge as well, which is right up my alley!!! Bridgestone is looking more and more like it's going to be taking up the majority of my bag. Wedges look great, irons look great, smaller headed, deep faced driver...great shaft options for drivers and irons, good on ya Bridgestone, get your product out a little bit more and this could be a big year!!!
    Taylormade M3 460 9.5*, Aldila Rogue Silver 110 MSI 70x
    Tour Edge Exotics CB2 15* and 18*, Aldila Voodoo SNV8
    Mizuno MP-59 4, Mizuno MP-69 5-PW, DG S300
    Ping Glide 2.0 50SS, DG S400 TI onyx
    Ping Glide 2.0 54WS, DG S400 TI onyx
    Ping Glide 2.0 58ES, DG S400 TI onyx
    Bettinardi Studio Reserve BB1F

    http://www.golfwrx.c...arobs-2015-bag/
  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Advanced Members Posts: 1,882
    Just got word back from a friendly Bridgestone customer service rep (Amy)... club is out 1/1/2012.
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    The custom shaft list is darn impressive, never looked at it before. Well done Bstone. Like I stated before they just need to get in all of the darn SHOPS!!!!image/shout.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':shout:' /> People need to know these clubs exist. I would launch a club fitting program very similar to the ball fitting. DO IT BSTONE you'll sell tons of these babies
    Ping G400 LST 8.5* / Xphlexxx Modena F7 Prototype 7TX
    Nike VR Pro LTD 15* / Aldila RIP 80X
    Srixon 745's 4-PW / Modus Tour 120 TX
    Callaway MD3 50, 54, 60 / Modus 125
    Odyssey White Hot Versa #6 Tour issue
    Srixon Zstar XV


    GolfWRX WITB Podcast - Irons reveal 11/14/18 http://www.golfwrx.c...utm_content=sub

    GolfWrx WITB Podcast 2017 : http://www.golfwrx.com/482668/tgtg-golfwrx-forum-member-j13-talks-witb-and-club-testing/

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  • HISPLHISPL Advanced Members Posts: 3,068
    Can't wait to get mine! I ordered one with the Tour AD DI 6S tipped an inch.



    Sounds like I'll have an awesome combo!
  • puttitinputtitin Advanced Members Posts: 1,382
    edited November 2011
    tampay wrote:

    abewley wrote:


    does the 445 cc head share the same face size? just bigger body?




    The 445 cc has a bigger, shallower face. It's stretched back and lower to the ground in general for higher launch and forgiveness. 445 is geared for the mid/high - low handicap. While I'd call the 430 a low handicap / good strikers driver.






    Would you say the 445 cc looks more like the J38 460 cc driver? I know it has a relatively shallow face ,but I would'nt know if it is more or less stretched back .By the way I love my J38 with the stock Motore shaft!
    Driver : WISHON 919 THI + PING G400 MAX + XXIO 8
    Woods : XXIO 3 W +5 W or TM M2 3W + 5W
    Hybrids : TM M2 RESCUE 22° + 25°
    Irons : JPX-800-HD 6-PW (Wishon 771 CSI for sale)
    Wedges : MIZUNO MX-200 50-07 MIZUNO MX SERIES 55-12
    Putter : ODYSSEY WHITE HOT TOUR #1
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    HISPL wrote:


    Can't wait to get mine! I ordered one with the Tour AD DI 6S tipped an inch.



    Sounds like I'll have an awesome combo!






    That is gonna be a sweet combo
    Ping G400 LST 8.5* / Xphlexxx Modena F7 Prototype 7TX
    Nike VR Pro LTD 15* / Aldila RIP 80X
    Srixon 745's 4-PW / Modus Tour 120 TX
    Callaway MD3 50, 54, 60 / Modus 125
    Odyssey White Hot Versa #6 Tour issue
    Srixon Zstar XV


    GolfWRX WITB Podcast - Irons reveal 11/14/18 http://www.golfwrx.c...utm_content=sub

    GolfWrx WITB Podcast 2017 : http://www.golfwrx.com/482668/tgtg-golfwrx-forum-member-j13-talks-witb-and-club-testing/

    WITB- http://www.golfwrx.c.../page__st__1590

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  • tampaytampay Advanced Members Posts: 381
    puttitin wrote:

    tampay wrote:

    abewley wrote:


    does the 445 cc head share the same face size? just bigger body?




    The 445 cc has a bigger, shallower face. It's stretched back and lower to the ground in general for higher launch and forgiveness. 445 is geared for the mid/high - low handicap. While I'd call the 430 a low handicap / good strikers driver.






    Would you say the 445 cc looks more like the J38 460 cc driver? I know it has a relatively shallow face ,but I would'nt know if it is more or less stretched back .By the way I love my J38 with the stock Motore shaft!




    They are very similar in appearance. The face is basically the same.



    The 430 is a different animal. Smaller all around with a deeper face.
  • LONG&STR8 LONG&STR8 Advanced Members Posts: 2,282
    From address it reminds me of the J33R 420. With my J36 PCs firmly in the bag this driver and the latest wedges could very well have me all Bridgestone in the very near future. Wish the tour issue PX shafts were available though.
  • kuyaarielkuyaariel Banned Posts: 1,005
    I have the j38 driver in the bag. Can't see how the j40 can be that much better.
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    kuyaariel wrote:


    I have the j38 driver in the bag. Can't see how the j40 can be that much better.






    Only 1 way to find out. Test it out at a demo day. I personally hate indoor cages for testing clubs.
    Ping G400 LST 8.5* / Xphlexxx Modena F7 Prototype 7TX
    Nike VR Pro LTD 15* / Aldila RIP 80X
    Srixon 745's 4-PW / Modus Tour 120 TX
    Callaway MD3 50, 54, 60 / Modus 125
    Odyssey White Hot Versa #6 Tour issue
    Srixon Zstar XV


    GolfWRX WITB Podcast - Irons reveal 11/14/18 http://www.golfwrx.c...utm_content=sub

    GolfWrx WITB Podcast 2017 : http://www.golfwrx.com/482668/tgtg-golfwrx-forum-member-j13-talks-witb-and-club-testing/

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  • tampaytampay Advanced Members Posts: 381
    J13 wrote:

    kuyaariel wrote:


    I have the j38 driver in the bag. Can't see how the j40 can be that much better.






    Only 1 way to find out. Test it out at a demo day. I personally hate indoor cages for testing clubs.




    I wish Bridgestone would get these things in the stores. We don't have the option around here to demo them sadly. I'd love to test the 430 against the new limited nike. I still might have to buy the 430 tho. It looks so good !
  • vwgolfervwgolfer Advanced Members Posts: 1,962 ✭✭
    Good stuff. By next week my bag will be all J40. I have been hitting BS from j33 to J36 to J38. The only club I did not like was the j36 hybrid. J33 hybrid still in my bag. I have tried different brands through the last few years and always come back to my Bridgestone clubs. Now I don't waste my time and effort and money anymore. I may be missing out on other good clubs but for my game Bridgestone equals or excels all other clubs easily available to me. This driver looks freaking awesome.



    But the j40 line seems to be the best yet from Bridgestone.
    F8 attas cool
    F8 3w. attas 3
    F6 hybrid. vts silver
    Z565. recoil 95
    Pur wedges
    Piretti Matera
  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    vwgolfer wrote:


    Good stuff. By next week my bag will be all J40. I have been hitting BS from j33 to J36 to J38. The only club I did not like was the j36 hybrid. J33 hybrid still in my bag. I have tried different brands through the last few years and always come back to my Bridgestone clubs. Now I don't waste my time and effort and money anymore. I may be missing out on other good clubs but for my game Bridgestone equals or excels all other clubs easily available to me. This driver looks freaking awesome.



    But the j40 line seems to be the best yet from Bridgestone.




    Agree. I just bought a set of J40 PC's as I actually liked them better then the CB's. I was surprised as I usually like smaller type irons like blades ect...
    Ping G400 LST 8.5* / Xphlexxx Modena F7 Prototype 7TX
    Nike VR Pro LTD 15* / Aldila RIP 80X
    Srixon 745's 4-PW / Modus Tour 120 TX
    Callaway MD3 50, 54, 60 / Modus 125
    Odyssey White Hot Versa #6 Tour issue
    Srixon Zstar XV


    GolfWRX WITB Podcast - Irons reveal 11/14/18 http://www.golfwrx.c...utm_content=sub

    GolfWrx WITB Podcast 2017 : http://www.golfwrx.com/482668/tgtg-golfwrx-forum-member-j13-talks-witb-and-club-testing/

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  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Advanced Members Posts: 16,145 ✭✭
    Has anyone tried the 3 wood?
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