Expert Review: Bridgestone 2022 Tour B RX Golf BallsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf ball, which I tested for one day in November of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Shelby Martin
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf ball, which I tested for one day in November of 2022.
The Bridgestone Tour B RX ball is geared towards players with a driver swing speed of less than 105mph, so right from the get-go, I knew this would be a very good-performing ball for most players who use stiff flex shafts in their clubs. Overall, it offers great control and spin and is also very durable.
About the golf ball I tested
- Model: 2022 Bridgestone Tour B RX Golf Balls
- Color: White
- Average score: 67-75
- Handicap: N/A
- Experience: 15 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical shot shape: Baby Draw
- Typical trajectory: Mid/high
- Club swing speed: Driver Speed: 113mph, 6 Iron Speed: 84mph
- When I tested this: November 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice area and on the course.
- Weather and wind conditions: Temps were in the mid-60s with 15-20mph winds.
- Turf conditions: Soft throughout, fast greens.
- Green speeds: 12
How it performs
What I was looking for
I looked into this ball to determine if this was a great performing ball marketed for players with a swing speed of around 105 and below. I predicted this ball would be great for most players around mid-high handicaps, even low handicaps with controlled swings looking for an overall top-performing ball, and I wanted to see if my prediction would prove to be true.
Why I chose to test this golf ball
I chose the Bridgestone Tour B RX golf ball to understand better how this particular ball from Bridgestone performed. In addition, I wanted to test the ball to see if it performed how it is marketed. I am in the process of trying/testing all of Bridgestone’s golf ball offerings, and this was next on the list. I chose Bridgestone golf balls, specifically the Tour B RX, to have a better foundation of knowledge on how they feel and perform.
What I love about it
- Distance: I had no issues controlling the distance with the Bridgestone Tour B RX, especially since I had to test it swinging at a fraction of my full speed. I had no problems and was pleased with the distance I received from this ball. With my swing speed being a little too fast for this ball, I purposefully held back and swung at about 80% speed throughout my testing on fuller shots. For example, in one shot, I had a 165-yard shot into a par 3 into the wind, about a two-club wind. I pulled my 6 iron and did a smooth three-quarter swing, and it carried just as far as my normal ball, the Titleist ProV1, which is known to add distance from tee to green. The Bridgestone Tour B RX is just as solid in distance. For example, those carrying their 7 iron around 150-160 (7 iron swing speed around 68-73mph) would see distance improvements with this ball.
- Green Spin: The spin was very good and will be even better with a player who uses this ball with a swing speed under 105mph. With mid and short irons and wedges, I had the ball only a foot away from their pitch mark on the green. Longer irons were about a yard or two, depending on the wind (going into the wind spun better, going against spun less, and with no wind had the ball less than two yards away from the pitch mark). Very pleased with the spin control of this ball, even on shots that I tried to shape by hitting draws or fades.
- Durability: I was VERY impressed with how well this ball held up. It was very durable, and I am a huge fan of the REACTIV iQ cover and its strength. For example, my wedge set is fairly new, and the grooves are still sharp. Once in a while, a wedge shot will leave some marks on my usual ball, the ProV1, and slightly shave off some of the cover. I did not experience this with the Bridgestone Tour B RX, and I was a huge fan of that. When dimples and the cover maintain their structure, consistent launch, spin, distance, and control are maximized. This ball was very durable and had no major blemishes after a full 18 holes of golf and practice on the chipping green. The product was durable after being battered all day. It did not need to be disposed of after playing/practicing, and after washing and wiping the ball down, it looked almost brand new.
- Color: I played with the white version of the Bridgestone Tour B RX; it was a very traditional white color with some gloss. I have no complaints on this front.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: Here’s where I was surprised, not necessarily in a good way for my golf ball-feel preferences. I expected the Bridgestone Tour B RX to have a semi-soft feeling on solid shots but to provide good feedback through the club when mishit. It definitely did the latter. I loved the feedback from a mishit with this ball, but even when struck solidly, this was a slightly harder feeling ball. This may not be ideal for a player like myself who prefers a softer feeling ball off impact. Every club, including the putter, felt harder at impact than I’m used to. This harder feel is not necessarily bad and does not affect performance, but this area is usually a personal preference. I prefer a softer ball, so I probably would not put this in my bag. I am a huge feel player; however, if a player does not mind or prefers a firmer-feeling golf ball, this is a GREAT choice for absolute top performance.
Best shot with this golf ball
The best shot I had all day with the Bridgestone Tour B RX was a mid-range wedge shot around 55 yards off the green on a short par 4. The greens at my course were aerated a few weeks ago and are very fast; therefore, it is slightly more difficult to control spin and release on the greens. However, I could still control the spin on this shot, hitting this particular shot with a mid-launch and slight release. Good contact led to the ball landing about 15 yards in front of the hole. It released and trickled to about a foot and a half for birdie. I was very pleased, and the ball performed how I drew the shot up in my mind.
Value for the money vs. other options
I have absolutely no complaints about the overall performance of the Bridgestone Tour B RX. However, they are slightly overpriced since this ball only targets players with a driver swing speed at or under 105mph. Since this has a specific target market, I would love to see Bridgestone bring the price down slightly. Nonetheless, one would not waste their hard-earned money purchasing this ball if it fits their swing speed. I would compare the Bridgestone Tour B RX to the Srixon Z Star balls, which are slightly better priced.
To summarize, I loved how the Bridgestone Tour B RX performed overall. Again, a slightly firmer feel off impact is to be expected, but one's performance specs aren't sacrificed, and these balls are made to LAST. To ensure this ball fits your swing speed, reach out to a Curated Expert or me to quickly calculate your swing speed, or go to an indoor facility with simulator technology to determine your speed.