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Review: The Bridgestone E-series Golf Balls

Bridgestone Golf Balls for Amateurs: e5, e6, and e7

Overview:

Bridgestone has long been a major player in the golf ball market.  Bridgestone offers a full lineup of golf balls, from the Tour B330 models aimed at low handicappers to a variety of ball options meant for the average player. In this review, we are taking a look at three different balls within the Bridgestone line – the e5, e6, and e7.  Each golf ball in the ‘e’ series has its own unique characteristics.  It is important that you understand their capabilities before picking one to put in your bag.  This review will give you an understanding of each golf ball, and which one is a good fit for your game.

Cost:

All three of these golf balls come in at the same price point, so you can rule out this point as a deciding factor when picking one over the other.  All three are priced as mid-level golf balls, more expensive than the bargain-basement models (think Top Flite), but significantly cheaper than PGA Tour-caliber golf balls.  Through the links below, you will be able to find a dozen of any of these golf balls for below $20.

Tiger Woods Plays Bridgestone:

In case you missed the news, a certain professional golfer with the last name of ‘Woods’ recently signed on to play Bridgestone golf balls in competition.  After Nike announced that it would no longer make clubs and golf balls, Tiger was free to choose any company in golf.  Of all of the competition, Tiger chose Bridgestone.  While Tiger Woods will not be using the ‘e’ series of golf balls, his endorsement does say something about the quality of Bridgestone balls as a whole. If you’re interested in any of the ‘e’ series balls, we hope the content below will be helpful as you select the best one for your game. Good luck and play well!

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The Bridgestone e5 Golf Ball

Image of two Bridgestone e5 golf balls. Shows the front and side of the golf ball.Image of the increased trajectory of the e5 over other golf balls.

Who is this golf ball for?

The Bridgestone e5 golf ball is meant for amateur players with swing speeds between 80-95 mph who hit low trajectory golf shots but do not want to sacrifice spin.  The Bridgestone e5 is specifically designed to fly high in the air and land with lots of spin.  However, if you tend to slice (or hook) the ball off of the tee and already have high ball flight, this is not the ball for you (consider the e6).

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High ball flight and lots of spin:

To start, let’s take a look at what the Bridgestone e5 golf ball brings to the table. This golf ball model is focused on providing the amateur golfer with a higher ball flight off of the tee without sacrificing spin around the greens.  The Bridgestone e5 golf ball is the only two piece golf ball on the market that features a urethan cover, which usually is found on high-end high-spin golf balls.

The Bridgestone e5 golf ball is specifically designed to get the ball up into the air.  Countless amateur golfers often have trouble getting enough air under their shots, and this golf ball helps to solve that exact problem. If you consistently hit low shots that struggle to stop when they land on the green, the Bridgestone e5 golf ball is for you.

Why this golf ball flies so high:

From a technical standpoint, the ball has 326 dimples, a urethane cover, and a large core. This is a two-piece golf ball, meaning it is principally designed for distance, but its urethane cover adds spin where you would not expect to find it.

The core –

The core of the Bridgestone e5 golf ball is a large gradational core.  This feature of the golf ball assists players with slower swing speeds to maximize the velocity of the golf ball as it leaves the face of the golf club.  This feature will maximize distance for amateur golfers with slower swing speeds.

The cover/shell –

The shell of the Bridgestone e5 golf ball is made from a hard urethane.  This type of soft shell is usually found on high end golf balls intended to maximize spin and feel.  Urethane covers are less durable than surlyn covers (compare to the e6 and e7), but are preferred for players looking to get their golf ball to react on the green.   If you’re an amateur player who looks to shape the ball or hits a low trajectory golf shots, you should stick to urethane covers.

Modified Dimple Pattern –

The Bridgestone e5 golf ball has a modified dimple pattern, which features a seamless 330 dimple design.  This new dimple design by Bridgestone is meant to help the golf ball reach peak trajectory (to maximize distance) while increasing the spin rate of the golf ball (for higher ball flight).

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The Bridgestone e6 Golf Ball

Image of two Bridgestone e6 golf balls. One golf ball is in the foreground.Image of Bridgestone e6 golf ball flight trajectory compared to other golf balls.

 Who is this golf ball for?

The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is designed for amateur golfers with swing speeds between 80-95 mph who want to focus on hitting the ball straight without sacrificing a soft feel.  The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is designed to fly as straight as possible – reducing the prevalence of big slices and hooks.  If you like the feel of a softer high-end ball, but just simply want to keep it straight, this is the golf ball for you.

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Straight Ball Flight and a Soft Feel:

The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is another golf ball that is aimed at the mid to high handicapper, but don’t get confused, this golf ball is not the same as the Bridgestone e5 or e7.  The e6 golf ball has a few traits which set it apart from the e5.  This golf ball is meant for the golfer that wants to avoid sidespin off of the tee (slice), but does not want to sacrifice feel around the greens.

The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is meant to be a middle ground between the two-piece golf balls designed to increase distance and the 5 piece golf balls that emphasize maximum spin and feel for low handicap players.  With the Bridgestone e6 golf ball, you’re getting the best of both worlds, distance and feel without unintended side spin.  However, if you’re a lower handicap player that likes to shape shots and back it up on the green, this is not the ball for you.  The e6 is specifically designed to hit straight shots.

Why this golf ball flies straight and feels soft:

The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is a three-piece golf ball as opposed to the two-piece design of the e5.  The three pieces of this golf ball include a ‘mantle’ layer which surrounds the core, the rubber core itself, and an soft plastic cover on the outside of the ball.  The additional piece of this golf ball acts as an ‘anti-spin mantle’ designed to take sidespin off of your shots as they leave the club face.

The core –

The core of the Bridgestone e6 golf ball is a soft compression core.  This feature of the golf ball assists players with slower swing speeds to compress (or smash) the core of the golf ball maximizing distance.  The compression core on this golf ball is the softest among any Bridgestone e series golf ball and is great for amateur players who want to hit the golf ball further.  This soft compression core also maximizes the feel of the golf ball so that the e6 avoids the hard “rock-like” feel we all hate.

The mantle –

The mantle layer of the Bridgestone e6 golf ball is another reason that the golf ball has a soft feel.  This inner layer of the Bridgestone e6 softens the golf ball to increase the feel of the ball around the green.  The benefits of the mantle piece are evident in the e6.  The e6’s mantle reduces the spin of the golf ball off of the tee (to avoid a slice or hook)  but is soft to increase feel.  A very good mix for the amateur golfer.

The cover/shell –

The shell of the Bridgestone e6 golf ball is made from Surlyn, a tough material made for distance golf balls.  This shell type is ideal for amateur golfers because it is resistant to scrapes and scuffs that come along with everyday play.  Surlyn is harder than the urethane covers that are featured on high-end high-spin golf balls used by professional golfers.  Although the drawback is less spin and reaction on the greens, amateur golfers benefit greatly from reduced spin off of the tee and on long to mid-iron golf shots.

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The Bridgestone e7 Golf Ball

Image of two Bridgestone e7 golf balls. One golf ball is in the forefront of the image.Image of the Bridgestone e7 golf ball trajectory compared to other golf balls.

Who is this golf ball for?

The Bridgestone e7 golf ball is designed for amateur golfers with any swing speed below 95 mph.  This golf ball is for those of us who want to focus on hitting the golf ball as long as possible with our current swing.  The e7 golf ball is designed to launch off of the club face with little spin at a slight lower launch angle to maximize run yards.   If you don’t mind playing a harder feeling golf ball and want to maximize distance, this is the golf ball for you.

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Increase your distance with each club:

The Bridgestone e7 golf ball is focused on offering amateur golfers maximum distance, plain and simple.  All golfers love distance, so any ball that promises to take you farther down the fairway is one that deserves your attention. Of course, when you focus on distance you sacrifice something else.  No golf ball on the market will give you absolutely everything you want.  What is important to focus on is finding a golf ball that best fits your game.  If you’re looking to increase your distance and you’re not concerned about losing a bit of forgiveness, then the Bridgestone e7 golf ball is for you.

Why you’ll crush it with the Bridgestone e7:

The Bridgestone e7 golf ball is specifically designed to give you maximum distance off of the tee.  The golf ball doesn’t have a the soft feel of the e6 and doesn’t quite fly as straight, but you will definitely get more yardage out of the golf ball.  Unlike other pure distance golf balls, the Bridgestone e7 is a three piece golf ball similar to the e6.  Lets get into what that means.

Just like the other two e series balls, this one also has 326 dimples on its cover/shell. Just like the e6, the Bridgestone e7 features a Surlyn cover which is harder than urethane The Bridgestone e7 also features the spin reducing mantle that is found in the e6, meaning those two golf balls are closely related.

The core –

The core of the Bridgestone e7 golf ball is one of the main differences between the e6 and e7. While the e6 has a relatively soft core, the e7 features a ‘speed enhancing’ larger core.  This core is designed to give you more distance by boosting the velocity of the ball off of the club face.

The mantle –

The mantle layer of the Bridgestone e7 is built to reduce the spin of the ball off of the tee.  This feature maximizes distance by preventing the golf ball from ballooning up in the air or launching too high.  The theory behind this golf ball is maximum explosiveness off of the club face and lots of roll.  The mantle of the e7 golf ball is not soft and you’ll notice the pop that it has on impact.

The cover/shell –

The shell of the Bridgestone e7 golf ball is made from Surlyn just like the e6.  This is a tough material that is resistant to scrapes and scuffs.  The suryln cover on this golf ball will maximize your distance, but will detract from its feel around the greens.  Don’t expect the e7 to stop on a dime or launch high in the air, expect it to go far.

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9 thoughts on “Review: The Bridgestone E-series Golf Balls”

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  2. This is a fantastic review. I am a high handicapper (16) and have noticed better scores with the e6 but didn’t know why. It feels great when your ball hits and stays in the fairway. Now I understand why.

    1. Glad you liked it Glen. The science behind the golf ball is helpful to understand. The e6 is a great ball and i usually keep a sleeve in my bag. Sometimes i play them when i’m hitting it a little loose out there. Sometimes i toss a ball to a buddy who is struggling off of the tee. I don’t ever give swing tips on the course, but i will make suggestions about technology – especially golf balls. The e6 is simply easier to play and can get golfers back on the right track if they’re a little wild off of the tee or with the long irons.

      Swing well and go low!

  3. Srixon golf balls are a lot more readily available for me than Bridgestone.
    Is there a srixon ball that is as straight as the e6? Ive heard the Q-Star Tour ball would be, but the compression is 75 compared to the 50 of the e6. I have a pretty regular swing speed of 100 mph.
    If the e 6 is that much straighter I will make the drive. Your thoughts?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi John – If you’re looking to hit it straight and far than you should buy the e6. It’s affordable and the straightest ball made.
      the Srixon Q Star Tour is a great ball, but as you’ve pointed out it doesn’t fly as far as the e6 with a moderate swing speed. The Srixon Q-star tour is more of an “all-around ball,” meaning it’s meant for players looking for spin around the greens and a bit of workability without sacrificing too much distance by playing, say, a Z-star. If you want to hit it far and straight, i’d stick with the e6.

  4. I found an e7 and hit it as good as Nike RZN black (they stopped making them.) I just bought 2 dozen e7s.. Looking forward to long hits again. I like ProV1s except for the price.

  5. Im female, I used to play some of the “female” golf balls on the market but found I would slice them horribly. I switched to the e6 and in orange so I see it better(too bad you cant find orange much anymore now) but it straightened my shot and added distance. Im thrilled with it!

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