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The Bridgestone Tour B RX golf balls offer more distance while maintaining soft feel around the greens.
When it comes to golf balls, there’s arguably no one better than Bridgestone – being the No.1 ball fitter. Bridgestone continually manufactures some of the best golf balls fit for Tour players and club golfers.
The Tour B RX golf balls are aimed at golfers with a driver swing speed slower than 105mph looking primarily to maximize distance off the tee but still want the feel of the best premium golf ball.
Every brand manufacturing golf balls continuously strives to improve the technology they pack into their golf balls. These balls feature a whole host of technology which helps the balls behave and perform to the best of their ability – providing they’re well-struck. Bridgestone’s Tour B family of golf balls all incorporate the same technology but what exactly is this technology?
This smart urethane cover technology is Bridgestone’s latest development for their Tour B ball family. The REACTIV iQ technology has been manufactured to react with the force of impact which delivers explosive, increased distance off the tee and control and spin around the green and when approaching.
Gradational Compression Core
For most golfers, the biggest killer is losing their balls left or right. The gradational compression core helps to decrease side spin but increase ball speed. This technology is extremely appreciated in the tour B RX golf balls.
Dual Dimple Technology
The dual dimple technology incorporated in the Tour B RX is also a feature of all the Tour B golf balls. It was first featured on the Bridgestone e5, e6, and e7 range and the success Bridgestone have enjoyed means they continue to sport this technology on their premium range of golf balls.
Seamless Cover Technology
Bridgestone’s seamless cover technology delivers consistent ball flight and enhances overall performance. Designed to optimize aerodynamic balance this technology creates a perfectly balanced dimple pattern.
Who uses Bridgestone Tour B RX golf balls?
There are not a multitude of golfers playing with Bridgestone golf balls. However, they do have an impressive handful of golfers playing their balls. Because the Tour B RX is designed for golfers with a driver swing speed slower than 105mph there is perhaps understandably a lack of male professional golfers using these balls.
Bridgestone does have an extremely talented professional golfer playing the Tour B RX, Lexi Thompson, the 2014 Chevron Champion (ANA Inspiration) and 15-time Tour winner. Lexi has been playing with Tour B RX since 2018.
Which Bridgestone Tour B golf ball should I play?
Bridgestone has four different balls available in their Tour B range so there is a ball to suit most golfers. Being the No.1 ball fitter in golf, Bridgestone strives to manufacture tour standard golf balls fit for the average golfer as well. The Tour B RX is aimed at golfers with a driver swing speed south of 105mph who want to maximize spin while still getting spin and control around the greens.
The Tour B RX obviously will not be the best option for every golfer but if you swing the driver slower than 105mph, want to maximise distance, improve spin and control around the greens then they may be the most suitable option for you.
Bridgestone does offer another ball for those who swing the driver slower than 105mph, the Tour B RXS which delivers more greenside spin and control. This ball is played by 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples.
The Tour B X performs similarly to the Tour B RX but is aimed at golfers who swing the driver quicker than 105mph. These balls deliver lower launch and increased distance off the tee. These balls are played by serial Tour winners Jason Day and Matt Kuchar.
If you demand a higher ball flight from your balls while still offering exceptional distance the Tour B XS may be the balls you need. This ball is played by no other than 15-time Major Champion Tiger Woods. The balls also increase spin around the greens and on approach shots.
Bridgestone Tour B RX review: Robot golf balls test verdict
|Driver 85mph Swing||Bridgestone Tour B RX|
|Ball speed (mph) / Launch angle (º)||122.9 / 13.2|
|Driver 100mph Swing|
|Ball speed (mph) / Launch angle (º)||144.2 / 12.3|
|Driver 115mph Swing|
|Ball speed (mph) / Launch angle (º)||165.2 / 10.9|
|Ball speed (mph) / Launch angle (º)||105.9 / 21.8|
|Descent angle (º)||46.3|
|Shot area (sq yds)||2.5|
|Average Shot Area|
|Averaged over driver, 7-iron and PW||33.1yds sq|
We applaud Bridgestone for making tour-optimized balls for golfers swinging driver at less than 105mph, but there’s absolutely no covering up our data doesn’t show either the RX or the RXS ripping up any trees.
Compared to Callaway’s ERC Soft (which has a hybrid cover, not a pure urethane cover) which targets a similar golfer, the RX is eight yards back when averaged across the two driver speeds (85 and 100mph) it was designed for, and a 7-iron.
Throw in wedge backspin performance that’s 911rpm down on the ERC Soft and a shot area that’s 16.5% bigger than its rival and you can see where we’d spend our cash.
See how it compared to the other 27 models in our robot golf balls test.
Bridgestone Tour B RX availability
The Tour B RX is available in white and yellow. The balls are traditionally numbered 1 through 4 with red numbers.
The balls are available to purchase from numerous retailers at an RRP of £44.99/$49.99 per dozen; a very good price for one of the best golf balls for club golfers.
– TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball review
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James Hogg – Golf Equipment Writer
James Hogg is a golf equipment writer for todays-golfer.com.
He has a degree in English Language from Newcastle University and an MA in Journalism from Kingston University.
James previously worked for American Golf alongside his studies as part of the sales and fitting team. Having worked in golf retail for seven years he has all the skills and knowledge necessary to review and recommend the perfect equipment for golfers of all abilities and has a strong knowledge of putters, golf balls, and golf apparel, including trousers.
Despite nobody else in James’ family playing golf he took a keen interest as a teenager which saw him become a junior member at Saltburn Golf Club, North Yorkshire. Since returning to Teesside in 2022 James has joined his home course, Cleveland Golf Club. His handicap index is 4.7 thanks to consistent distance off the tee.
Away from golf, James enjoys a multitude of sports, specifically watching Formula 1, American Football and Horse Racing. He’s also a proud supporter of Middlesbrough FC, likes cooking and reading travel literature.
James uses a Callaway Mavrik SZ Driver, Callaway Mavrik SZ 3-Wood, TaylorMade Stealth UDI 3-iron, Ping i210 Irons (4-PW), Cobra King Snakebite 50° Wedge, Mizuno S23 56° and 60° Wedges, TaylorMade Spider X Putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response Stripe golf ball.
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