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  • Writer's pictureDavid Chambers


Updated: Mar 20, 2019

This is the ball that Tiger Woods plays.  Let’s just start there.  After leaving Nike and having his pick of any golf ball on the market, Tiger Woods chose the Bridgestone B XS.  Although that doesn’t automatically make this the best golf ball for you, it does mean that it’s one of the best golf balls on the market. 

It’s principally designed for lower handicapped golfers.  You may have guessed this by Tiger Woods choosing to (partially design) and play this golf ball.  In comparison to the Bridgestone Tour B X model, the Bridgestone Tour B XS tends to feel a bit softer around the greens. 

However, the overall construction of the Bridgestone Tour B XS is similar to the Bridgestone Tour B X golf ball with only a few slight (but important) variations.  Let’s get into the details...

The Bridgestone Tour B XS features a Gradational Compression Core.  The gradational core is principally designed to deliver high initial ball speeds, which translates to more distance. 

Bridgestone gave the Bridgestone Tour B XS a low compression rating for a golf ball designed for low handicappers.  The compression rating for the Bridgestone Tour B XS is 75. 

This gives the Bridgestone Tour B XS a bit more accuracy than other low compression golf balls.  Typically, a golf ball offers less control as it’s compression rating drops.

The Bridgestone Tour B XS has a urethane cover that features Bridgestone’s SlipRes technology.   This is the same patented Bridgestone technology that was used for the 330 line of golf balls.  The urethane cover on the Bridgestone Tour B XS serves multiple purposes.  The cover makes the golf ball extremely durable and also gives golfers added feel and control around the greens.

Enhanced aerodynamics is synonymous with speed, improved trajectory, and distance.  The Dual Dimple technology featured in the Bridgestone Tour B XS golf ball is aerodynamics personified.  If less drag on an airplane makes it fly further and faster than less drag on a golf ball during flight will make it fly further and faster.  Bridgestone has improved upon their dimple design in this version of the golf ball.  These slight little tweaks sound gimmicky and insignificant but are what make golf balls longer every year.  Although this is not a good thing in many circles on the PGA Tour, for average weekend golfers, distance is always a plus.

Just like all the other Bridgestone Tour B golf balls, the Bridgestone Tour B XS features a seamless cover.  Seamless covers lead to better balance in a golf ball.  This, in turn, leads to more accuracy, consistency, and control.

The Bridgestone Tour B XS is a high performing golf ball that is played by some of the best golfers in the world.  The golf ball’s combination of distance and accuracy is what most golfers are looking for regardless of their handicap.  This golf ball was designed with low handicap golfers in mind, but surprisingly has a low compression rating, which benefits slow swing speeds.  If you’re a low handicap golfer looking to try something other than a Pro V, Z star, or TP5, this golf ball may be the best golf ball for you to try. 

If Tiger tried it and loved it, maybe you will too.

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