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Bridgestone e5+

slickpitt

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So over the last year or so... I've been trying to find an alternative to my beloved ProV1x. Mainly because of the cost. I've tried most everything I can think of and nothing has come close. So I decided to give the e5+ a shot... had never really played one.

So I bought a dz. and we had 71 degrees on Saturday! Off to the course I go! First hole.. first swing... 3 wood off the tee. Piped. Not bad... nice feel. Didn't really notice a difference from the ProV... distance seemed comparable. So far so good!! Fast forward a few holes... looking at 130 into the wind. OK full 9-iron. Very nice ball flight, hits and spins back about 2 feet. Not really close to the hole I should have knocked down an 8-iron... but anyway the ball checked up nice. So far so good again! Next hole... short par 4. Good tee shot, laying 80 out.... hit my little half pitch/punch SW I like to play.. skips once and checks nice. Didn't have QUITE the side-spin I expected but overall not bad. So far so good! Next hole... approach shot pulled a little left. About 4 or 5 foot off the green, too shaggy to putt. Pull out my 50*(pretty much do most all my chipping with this club if I can). Clean contact, hit my "landing zone", skip once... roll... roll... roll... whoa hey... roll.... roll... roll.... sh!t.... Next hole, rinse and repeat, exact same thing. Time after time I would chip up, hit my landing area... and just watch the ball sail on by. Dammit! I had such high hopes too!

So anyway... after 2 rounds... it's back to hold trusty(and old damn expensive.) Overall the e5+ performed pretty well. Full shots and pitchs where you can generate some clubhead speed it's pretty decent. It's just the short stuff around the green that makes all the difference. I could NOT get that damn ball to check on short stuff. I'm sure I could play a higher lofted club... but then I get to chunking the ball and get really inconsistant. So I've resigned to the fact that I'm not going to get away from the premium balls. Oh well :prop:
 

fisher

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Wait till you see the price of the new 09 ProV1. They are now gonna be about $50 a dozen. No thanks. They are good but not $50 good.
 

saki

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or learn to chip and pitch with the E5+. It may be as simple as moving your hands further down the grip and the ball a little forward; make sure the hands lead through the swing and the hands remain dead.
 

fisher

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You should get some Top Flite D2s since there is no difference between them and a ProV1.;)
 

Bakemono36

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You cant expect a midrange ball like the E series to spin like a premium ball. Try the B330/B330S/B330 RX.
The B-Stone E5+ is more comparable to a Titleist NXT Tour than a Pro V1.
Im with Fisher on the price of the new Pro V1. $50 a dozen??? No thanks. I'll play B330 RXs (at about $40 a dozen) before I play Pro V1s.
 

Wi-Golfer

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You should get some Top Flite D2s since there is no difference between them and a ProV1.;)


For $3.74 per box I can deal with a d2 that doesn't act exactly like a Pro V1. And I would venture to say a large percentage of us here can't utilize our clubs well enough to even need a Pro v1.
 

BigJim13

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Have you tried the e6, i think thats bridgestone's mid range 3 piece ball. i like them alot, better around the greens than the e5 I would imagine, nice and soft.

I am also going to give the Wilson Zip a shot. $20/dz and 3 piece construction. If I don't like them they can be my backup water balls.
 

Bakemono36

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I would venture to say a large percentage of us here can't utilize our clubs well enough to even need a Pro v1.
Amen to that. Its just that people see the pros playing that ball, so they somehow think its better, not realizing that a ball which spins like crazy isnt the best thing if you dont hit the ball solidly every time.
Have you tried the e6, i think thats bridgestone's mid range 3 piece ball. i like them alot, better around the greens than the e5 I would imagine, nice and soft.
Those are nice balls too. Ive also heard great things about the B-Stone TreSoft and the Precept U-Tri Tour.
 

mattyboy

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May 11, 2008
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get some Top Flite D2s since there is no difference between them and a ProV1?

Huh? I'll take that V1 on a 110yd pitch shot when I want to stick. Also the Pro V is a magnet to the hole when putting. Get real dude....
 

bryguy

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Our shop has the E5's on special, not sure but I want to say like $20 a dozen or so. Is that a decent price for new E5's?
 

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