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Bridgestone e7 Golf Ball Review

| November 24, 2009 | 11 Comments

It has been a small journey and this will be the final review in the new “e” series of golf balls by Bridgestone Golf. A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of testing out the Bridgestone e5 and then last week THP’s own Harry Longshanks had the opportunity to review the new Bridgestone e6. The last ball in the Bridgestone line of golf balls targeting the game improvement is the new e7 and we will take a look at it today.

Each ball in this line is geared towards helping certain golfers improve their game. A game improvement golf ball if you will. Hit the ball too low and want some added height, try the e5. Having trouble with keeping the ball straight pick up the e6. The third ball in their game improvement line is the e7 and it is built to get to lower the trajectory a little bit and add some distance to a player’s game.

From the Company:
For those players who need a slightly lower trajectory or perhaps already have an ideal trajectory but are seeking longer distance, the new e7 golf ball fits the bill. The new e7 also benefits from a new proprietary Bridgestone Inner Layer formulation that makes the ball 5% firmer. This new Velocity Increasing Inner Layer along with a new higher speed Gradational Compression Core combine to create a more piercing flight and better wind resistance – resulting in even deeper distance off the tee.

Initial Testing
We gathered up a few golfers and went out to a hole on the golf course that is long and straight. Each golfer had a dozen golf balls with them. 2 sleeves of the new e5 and 2 sleeves of the new e7. We wanted to compare ball flights as it relates to height and figured why not do it with balls from the same class and see if they are up to the challenge. There were 5 golfers in this test including myself and we were each armed with our driver of choice. We were going to measure distance between the two balls as well as height. While we obviously could not measure height in yards, we were merely going to measure the perceived height to see if it was lowering our trajectory at all.

By the time this testing was finished we learned something more than we had expected (more on that in a second). The e7 golf ball from Bridgestone Golf works as advertised in our testing. The ball lowered trajectory compared to the e5 by quite a bit. Its not just a low trajectory however, it is a more penetrating flight that many players desire for added distance. Comparing it to the e5, every single player could clearly see the ball come down in height. How much? It differed by the golfer, but some as much as comparing a wedge and a 6 iron trajectory. The more penetrating trajectory of the golf ball off the tee gave some added distance for a few of the testers as well. 3 out of the 5 saw an increase averaging 4.6 yards over the e5, however it must be noted that the fairways were damp and there was very little roll to be had out there.

We mentioned above about how the golfers learned something in this testing and that was about finding the right ball. It seems with most of our testing, there are two constants when it comes to golf balls. Players either by whatever is on sale, or they buy what wins on tour or is popular. Watching people test two balls and seeing their eyes widen as each shot is dramatically different is fun to see. The difference in ball flight between these two balls gave people the idea that there is a lot more going on under the “hood” and that finding the right ball could benefit them quite a bit.

Course Testing
After playing the ball for 7 rounds, I can safely say that the Bridgestone e7 for my game is the longest out of the 3 golf balls that make up the “e” series. Our normal playing group liked the distance so much that we all used it off the tee during a recent charity scramble. I hit a rather high ball in general, so seeing the flight come down for me was perfect for any round, especially in conditions of higher than normal winds. With the lower ball flight, there is a small price to pay and that is the approach shots and spin around the greens. While the ball was not hitting and backing up, or even hitting and stopping, it was not running out completely, so there was some checking ability. Slightly more than the e7+ had last year, but still not a whole lot. While there was not a whole lot of spin around the greens with irons and wedges, off the putter, the ball felt quite nice…Not clicky or harsh like some balls in this class sound. And yes, despite some minor changes, the alignment aid on the “e” series golf balls is still the best in all of golf.
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Overall
Bridgestone Golf does it again with their “e” series of golf balls. Designed as a ball to help someone’s game, we strongly recommend finding the one to fit your needs and giving them a try. As for the e7, if you hit the ball too high, or want a more penetrating trajectory, give them a try. THP recommends going through a ball fitting if you can and Bridgestone Golf offers them free. You can read read all about them and see when they are coming to your town right here. We cannot recommend something more strongly than a ball fitting. You can also do their quick online ball fitting at their website by clicking here. The new “e” series golf balls by Bridgestone may truly help the way you play the game of golf. With a street price of $26.99, they are a great price too.

Till Next Time

Josh B.

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Josh is the Publisher of The Hackers Paradise and co-founder of THP Media with his wife Morgan Babbitt. Together they share a passion for golf, and they travel the country along with their two dogs in the THP Tour Van bringing their love and knowledge of the game to golfers everywhere.

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  1. Kevinâ„¢ says:

    Excellent review as usual. I tend to hit a higher ball myself and I have been looking at the e7. I keep buying the e6 but feel like I should be buying the e7, this just reinforces that thought. Adding the e7 to my Santa whish list! Great review once again Josh!

  2. bogeyme says:

    Great review. Why does it not surprise me that you are so positive about the Bridgestone golf balls? It’s hard not to be positive about them. I’ve seen improvement in my shots using the e6+ and I love them. I haven’t tried the e5′s or e7′s but I will soon enough. I can’t wait until next spring and get a ball fitting through Bridgestone.

  3. madmike says:

    How does the spin on short and mid irons compare between the E6 and E7?

  4. Administrator says:

    The e6 seems slightly softer to us, however the spin is very similar.

  5. bonknhead says:

    Nice review. I too am curious whether it’s the e6 or the e7 that suits my game best. I’m currently playing the e6+ and it’s a great ball, but I do hit a high ball that’s not always straight (although straighter nowadays than in the past, for sure). I don’t see any Bridgestone ball fittings in Oregon scheduled for 2010 yet, so I’ll have to do my own testing with a sleeve of e7s when the golf season starts up again in April.

  6. Osahar says:

    Good review JB. I agree with what you said about the sound/feel off the putter. The new cover is an improvement there for sure. I’m looking forward to getting out with the new e7 in place of the old e7+ I’ve been using all year!

  7. Will G says:

    Really interesting reading the trio of review on the new e-series balls. Once I’ve gotten my clubs and my swing in order, I’m definitely interested in tracking down one of their fittings. Thanks as always for the great info!

  8. Tony B says:

    I picked up a dozen e7′s this summer and found the ball I have been searching for. I am a high ball hitter and have always had trouble with the balloon ball. The Callaway HX tour has been the best ball for my game so far. I prefer not to pay for premium balls. The e7′s are as advertised, lower penetrating flight, increased distance, and feel is not premium ball feel but very good. Thanks Bridgestone.

  9. Don says:

    Just tried out a box of these new e7s.. they definitely do have a great ball flight. Hit some of my longest drives with these. Unfortunately, I can’t get the balls to work *at all*. Which is a problem when you’ve hit a super long drive out to the right and can’t get the ball to fade towards the green and you’re stuck on the far left. Otherwise, great ball.

  10. makati golf says:

    i hope that Tiger will do well at pebble this week so he can get his golf career back on track.

  11. Rob H says:

    I am in love with the e7. I play in San Diego and it tends to be quite windy in the afternoons when I am out the most often—the e7 has helped my game so much. It flies into the wind as though it isn’t there, and in crosswinds is not nearly as affected as the Pro V1′s I have been using. I also know I have added considerable distance with all clubs with this ball. When people talk of less spin, sure I have noticed that as well, but keep in mind, with the added distance I am often hitting an 8 iron instead of a 6, so the loss of spin is negligible with the different approach coming into a green. I am now a very loyal e7 player!

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