Again thanks to @Bridgestone Golf & @GolfWRX_Official for selecting me for this testing. I meant to have a review done earlier but strained my back a couple weeks back and didn't get to play much but did get 3 rounds in with the E12 Contact.
Info: A little about myself. Currently a 13.5 HC player who by Golfwrx standards is a short hitter (225 yd average with Driver). Strengths of my game (according to Arccos) is putting and short game, with my weakness being Driving and Approach shots. Current gamer ball has been the Snell MTB Black due to its all-around characteristics and good price. Most of my play is on a links style course and where I can play the ball on the ground and my hope with a new ball is one that can get a little bit.
Looks: I've played the E6 Bridgestone ball in the past which was more of distance ball but was intrigued by E12 which advertises distance a spin. I had signed up for the matte green ball but was delivered the white ball which has a nice glossy finish. I prefer the current "B" Logo rather than the spelled out name
Driver: As noted above this is currently the weakest part of my game and I would say I didn't get any meaningful data from the E12. Looking at my Arccos data my dispersion was greater with the E12 but that's because I can't find the center of the clubface with the driver regardless of ball.
Iron: Another weakness of my game has been my iron/approach shots and I think this is where the E12 shined for me. Before I hurt my back I was able to play a local par 3 which is along the SF Bay and is know for it's windy conditions in the afternoon. I normally struggle at this course but the in the round I played with the E12 I did really well. The ball did seem to just want to go straight and almost cut through the wind. This wasn't just on low/med trajectory shots either, it was for high shots as well. On a larger course my GIR numbers and approach shots have really improved as well. It's only been 3 rounds but my Arccos is showing a marked increase in GIR % from about 39% to 52%
Pitches and Chips: For pitches between 50-75 yds I didn't notice any real differences between the E12 and my current gamer on spin or distance. There may have been slightly more height but nothing that really jumps out. For chips around the green I don't flop it much but did notice that on my stock chip I did get a little more roll-out on my ball. From the sand I did get 2 sandys on my last round but not sure I can attribute that the ball
Putting: This the strongest part of my game and I have not putted well at all with the E12. The ball felt a little dead off my putter face and I had speed control using this ball. For the most part I was leaving a lot of putts short. Now my putter, Bettinardi Innovai 6.0 doesn't have the hottest face but I didn't have these issues with my Snell
Initial Conclusions: Besides my results on putting, I really like how this ball performed with my irons. I have another 2-day club tournament this coming weekend and hope to have more feedback on the the E12 off the tee and I'm going to be working on my putting with this ball during the week. More to follow...