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Posted July 25, 2016 in Products and Brands by Tom Brassell
By John Steinbrder – Global Golf Post
Bridgestone Golf prides itself on the ways it uses the data it accumulates through extensive testing of tour professionals and recreational players alike to make technological improvements in its ball offerings. Consider, for example, the latest versions of its Tour B330 products.
Start with the Tour B330 and Tour B330S, both of which have been made to produce longer drives and better greenside spin for golfers with swing speeds faster than 105 mph (roughly 25 percent of the golf universe). Part of the improvement in the performance attributes of those products, which currently are being played by Brandt Snedeker (Tour B330) and Matt Kuchar (Tour B330S), comes from implementation of a new core that is 6 percent larger than the one used in the previous iteration of that model, and that employs a steeper gradient in softness from the inner part of the core to the outer region, for faster ball speeds and less spin off the driver.
At the same time, company technicians have endowed these B330 models with a proprietary SlipRes urethane cover that increases friction to ensure the ball is more stable on the clubface as it also enhances durability. A slightly softer cover formulation also helps with spin and feel.
The key difference with these balls is a so-called AMATOUR core that is 28 percent softer than the average firm tour ball core. It, too, features a steeper gradient in softness from the inner core to the outer part as well as the SlipRes cover.